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    grunt-notify Build Status grunt-notify

    Automatic desktop notifications for Grunt errors and warnings. Supports OS X, Windows, Linux.


    OS Tool Screenshots
    OS X OS X Notification Center OS X Notification Center
    OS X Growl for Mac Growl for Mac
    Windows 8 Windows 8 notifications Windows 8 Notifications
    Windows Growl for Windows Growl for Windows
    Windows Snarl Snarl
    Linux Notify-Send Notify-Send

    Getting Started

    This plugin recommends Grunt 0.4.1 or newer.


    npm install grunt-notify --save-dev

    Once that's done, add this line to your project's Gruntfile.js:


    That's all you need for automatic notifications.

    Notify_Hooks Options

    If you want change the automatic messaging configure a task called notify_hooks.

      // This is optional!
      notify_hooks: {
        options: {
          enabled: true,
          max_jshint_notifications: 5, // maximum number of notifications from jshint output
          title: "Project Name", // defaults to the name in package.json, or will use project directory's name
          success: false, // whether successful grunt executions should be notified automatically
          duration: 3 // the duration of notification in seconds, for `notify-send only
    // Load the task
    // This is required if you use any options.'notify_hooks');

    Showing Specific Notifications

    Sometimes you want to show messages like "Uglify complete" or "Project Deployed" - that's easy to do too.

    Custom Message - Grunt
    Custom Message - Grunt
    Custom Message - Notification Center
    Custom Message - Notification Center
    Custom Message - Notify-Send
    Custom Message - Notify-Send
      notify: {
        task_name: {
          options: {
            // Task-specific options go here.
        watch: {
          options: {
            title: 'Task Complete',  // optional
            message: 'SASS and Uglify finished running', //required
        server: {
          options: {
            message: 'Server is ready!'
    // simplified example
    grunt.registerTask('server', [


    • title optional Notification title
    • message required Notification message


    Run grunt to lint and run the tests.

    Notification Systems


    OS X Notification System

    Support Included.

    If you are using OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or newer a notification system is built in, but Apple does not provide a notification API that Node can access. Only code written in Objective C and signed in XCode can access it. This is not very friendly for Node users so we are using the tiny signed MIT-licensed native application Terminal Notifier from Eloy Durán. I've changed the default icon which is owned by Apple to the Grunt logo.

    Growl for OS X

    Requires growlnotify for OS X.

    Install growlnotify from the Growl Downloads Page. This will install in /usr/local/bin/growlnotify.



    Included with Snarl.

    If you have downloaded and installed Snarl from Snarl's web site you'll have the commandline tool heysnarl as well.

    Growl for Windows

    Requires growlnotify for Windows.

    Install growlnotify from the growlnotify Page.

    Windows 8.1 Notifications

    Nothing to install.

    Create a pull request!



    Nothing to install.

    I created an Ubuntu virtual machine and it had notify-send in the path.

    I don't use Linux frequently so I don't know if this utility is available for other distros.

    notify-send man page.

    notify-send has an addition duration option which takes a number seconds. The default is 3 seconds.

    Duration doesn't work natively on some versions of Ubuntu.

    Here is a fix:


    Not supported yet.

    Chrome has a notification system but I'm not sure if it's possible to use from a command-line Node app. Somebody could probably create a Chrome Plugin helper for this.

    Notifications aren't showing

    Run grunt -v (for verbose mode) to show grunt-notify debug messages. It will tell you what notification system it thinks it can use. Create an issue and I'll look into it asap.

    About the Author

    Hi! Thanks for checking out this project! My name is Dylan Greene. When not overwhelmed with my two young kids I enjoy contributing to the open source community. I'm also a tech lead at Opower. @dylang @dylang

    Here's some of my other Node projects:

    Name Description npm Downloads
    space‑hogs Discover surprisingly large directories from the command line space-hogs
    npm‑check Check for outdated, incorrect, and unused dependencies. npm-check
    shortid Amazingly short non-sequential url-friendly unique id generator. shortid
    rss RSS feed generator. Add RSS feeds to any project. Supports enclosures and GeoRSS. rss
    grunt‑prompt Interactive prompt for your Grunt config using console checkboxes, text input with filtering, password fields. grunt-prompt
    xml Fast and simple xml generator. Supports attributes, CDATA, etc. Includes tests and examples. xml
    changelog Command line tool (and Node module) that generates a changelog in color output, markdown, or json for modules in's registry as well as any public repo. changelog
    grunt‑attention Display attention-grabbing messages in the terminal grunt-attention
    observatory Beautiful UI for showing tasks running on the command line. observatory
    anthology Module information and stats for any @npmjs user anthology
    grunt‑cat Echo a file to the terminal. Works with text, figlets, ascii art, and full-color ansi. grunt-cat

    This list was generated using anthology.


    Copyright (c) 2016 Dylan Greene, contributors.

    Released under the MIT license.

    Screenshots are CC BY-SA (Attribution-ShareAlike).

    Generated using grunt-readme with grunt-templates-dylang on Sunday, February 28, 2016. _To make changes to this document look in /templates/readme/


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