Configure desktop notifications

You can receive desktop notifications in the corner of your main monitor for messages sent while Zulip is offscreen.

Stream messages

To add desktop notifications for a single stream, follow the instructions here.

You can also add desktop notifications for all your current streams, or set a default configuration for streams you join in the future.

  1. From your desktop, click on the gear () in the upper right corner.

  2. Select Settings.

  3. On the left, click Notifications.

  4. Under Stream Messages, select Visual desktop notifications and/or Audible desktop notifications.

  5. Under Apply this change to all current stream subscriptions, select "yes" to start receiving desktop notifications for streams that you are currently subscribed to. Note that this change will apply to all streams even if you previously set notification preferences for individual streams. Select "no" if you only want to apply your setting to streams that you subscribe to in the future.

Private Messages and @-Mentions

  1. From your desktop, click on the gear () in the upper right corner.

  2. Select Settings.

  3. On the left, click Notifications.

  4. Under Private messages and @-mentions, select Visual desktop notifications and/or Audible desktop notifications.

Troubleshooting

You may need to adjust your browser or system notification settings in order to allow Zulip to send you desktop notifications.

Zulip Desktop app on Mac OS

  1. From your desktop, open System Preferences and select Notifications.

  2. Select Zulip from the list of apps.

  3. Configure the notification style that you would like Zulip to use.

Zulip Desktop app on Windows

  1. Click the Start button and select Settings. Select System, and then Notifications & actions.

  2. Select Zulip from the list of apps.

  3. Configure the notification style that you would like Zulip to use.

Firefox

  1. With the Firefox browser open, open the Edit menu. Select Preferences.

  2. On the left, select Privacy & Security. Scroll to the Permissions section and select the Settings button next to Notifications.

  3. Find the URL for your Zulip organization, and adjust the Status selector to Allow.

Chrome

  1. With the Chrome browser open, open the Edit menu. Select Preferences.

  2. On the top left, select the menu icon (). Select Advanced, and then Privacy & Security. Click on Content settings (partway down the page), and select Notifications.

  3. If the Zulip URL for your organization is listed under Blocked, select the menu icon () to its right, and click Remove.

  4. Next to Allow, click Add.

  5. Paste the Zulip URL for your organization into the site field, and click Add.