Patch: Improved notification preview

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Moves a bit enlarged icon inside the notification bubble and provides settings to customize notification preview's look and behavior.

You can determine

  • Style of the preview
  • Margin and corner radius (if selected style permits)
  • Maximum and minimum width
  • Duration which the preview is shown
  • What tapping  the preview and swiping it left, right and/or down does.

No more waiting for notifications to time-out out of the way or gathering useless notifications to the events view.

Currently, removing does not work with email notifications. It has probably something to do with notification's email address headers as normally the header is the app's name.

Requires Patchmanager.

You can help translate the patch to your own language on Transifex.

Donations are welcome:


* Thu Nov 7 2019 0.4.5-1

  • Fix for
  • Chinese translation, thanks to 天苯

* Tue Jan 8 2019 0.4.4-3

  • Fix for

* Tue Nov 6 2018 0.4.4-2

  • Fix for Sailfish 3
  • Updated Spanish translation

* Mon Oct 15 2018 0.4.4-1

  • Content margins setting
  • German translation, thanks to sail_parleur

* Mon Jun 25 2018 Thaodan <> 0.4.3-2 (Reverted a bit for familiarity)

  • move changelog to seperate file (recommended by Packaging/Guidelines)
  • fix building in clean build environment, because qmake5 was not installed (missing qt5-qtcore)
  • Added URL tag as suggested by rpmlint-- Shortened Summary as suggested by rpmlint

-* Fri Jun 1 2018 0.4.3-1

  • Fix for

* Fri Feb 23 2018 0.4.2-2

  • French and Russian translations, thanks to Guesnery and Ancelad

* Fri Feb 23 2018 0.4.2-1

  • Fix for

* Sat Nov 4 2017 0.4.1-4

  • Fix for (and possibly earlier versions)

* Fri Nov 2 2017 0.4.1-2

  • Spanish translation, thanks to Caballlero

* Mon Oct 16 2017 0.4.1

  • Duration setting
  • Small fixes

* Fri Oct 13 2017 0.4

  • Settings page with lot of customation options
  • Bugfixes

* Tue Jul 25 2017 0.3

  • Soft corner only if it doesn't face the side of the screen
  • Notification preview's width is determined by the body text
  • Mimimum preview width is 80% of the portrait-screen-width
  • Maximum is full screen width

* Sat Jul 15 2017 0.2

  • Changed patch for overall notification preview improvement patch.
  • Portrait-screen-wide notification
  • Icon moved inside notification bubble and enlarged
  • Reduced the margins restricting preview texts a bit

* Sat Jul 15 2017 0.1

  • First build.


Noerde's picture

Yep, after reboot the update continues as it should, thanks.

edit: after update it still shows the patch as installed, and it can't be removed. What has changed though is that it actually works. After.13 update it did not work, it could not be uninstalled. Now it just canät be uninstalled :)

saba's picture

I get "Failed to remove patch" when i try to unapply it. even uninstalling it stays in the patch manager and can't be removed

Ingvix's picture

When did this start happening? Did you update the system without unapplying the patch, which should not be done under any circumstances?

Noerde's picture

Hi, another update, another problem.

The problem remains the same, the patch can't be uninstalled, it remains in patchmanager list as enabled and when unapplying it I only get "failed to remove  patch"

if I try:

/usr/sbin/patchmanager -u sailfishos-patch-improved-notification-preview

from command line I get

/usr/sbin/patchmanager -u sailfishos-patch-improved-notification-preview
[D] unknown:0 - "sailfishos-patch-improved-notification-preview ausmt-sailfishos-1\n"

I've tried to rename /usr/share/jolla-settings/pages/sailfishos-patch-improved-notification-preview directory to "force" the removal but it seems to be still in some internal log in patchmanager or something. Is there a way to "nuke" patchmanager from the system and remove all the traces so I could try again?

I think it began when for some reason unapply all patches when upgrading did not work when I did an upgrade in january or thereabouts.

Ingvix's picture

Yes, you should always check that "unapply all patches" does its job properly. It has failed me a few times.

Does your notification preview show as it does normally without this patch? If so, I believe following steps should fix the problem

  • Remove files "/usr/share/jolla-settings/entries/sailfishos-patch-improved-notification-preview.json" and "/usr/share/jolla-settings/pages/sailfishos-patch-improved-notification-preview/main.qml" if they exist in the system.
  • In "/var/lib/patchmanager/ausmt/control/" open each file with a text editor and remove lines that mention the patch name, either of those files mentioned in previous section or "NotificationPreview.qml".
  • Remove sailfishos-patches-improved-notification-preview directory and its content from "/var/lib/patchmanager/ausmt/patches".

Now the patch should appear disabled. Do notice that the current version does not work with 2.2.x. Updated patch will be out soon.

Noerde's picture

Just to let you know the above worked and there's no trace of the patch anymore. I'll install the new version when it's available. Thanks!

alina's picture

Wow, great update!

feldbaum's picture

Hallo Ingvix, i can install the newest version but if i want to apply the patch in patchmanager it failed. I am on lijoki. Any ideas.

Ingvix's picture

I'm not sure. Did a previous version work? Do you have developer mode enabled and are you familiar with terminal?

feldbaum's picture

Yes, 0.3-1 works for me. Developer mode is enabled,but i´m not very familiar with terminal. But we can try it.

Ingvix's picture

Well, there's maybe no need to use terminal if you have a file browser that can access the system folders. Try to enable the patch once more and then copy the last logging in the file "/var/lib/patchmanager/ausmt/ausmt.log" starting where it says

  contains text patch

and paste it to Pastebin.

feldbaum's picture

I paste it to Pastebin ( Search : Sailfish OS - improved-notification-preview )

(edit: )

Hope you will find it. Good luck and sail on.

Ingvix's picture

Well, eh, you could've just linked the pastebin page to your comment but I found it anyway. Could you also paste the beginning of the file '/usr/share/lipstick-jolla-home-qt5/notifications/NotificationPreview.qml'? Only the import statements before "SystemWindow". It's a short list so you just paste it to the comment. With that I should be able to fix it.

feldbaum's picture

OK. I do my very best. here it is.

hope it works

Ingvix's picture

Bit more than I requested but that doesn't matter. I got what I needed and uploaded a new release with a fix. Try and see if it works.

feldbaum's picture

Thanks Ingvix,now I was able to install the new version and apply it in patchmanager. But i am unable to open it in settings and it shows me no notification anymore.:-(


Ingvix's picture

I figured out the problem and the new release should solve it. Try and see.

feldbaum's picture

The new release solved the problem. Thanks Ingvix. You are a hero. I like the patch very much.

Ingvix's picture

You're very welcome.

naytsyrhc's picture

I really love this patch. Notifications look so much better and as they should have looked from the beginning. Thanks a lot!

Ingvix's picture

You're very welcome.

olf's picture

Wow @Ingfx, the customisations "Patch: Improved notification preview" v0.4 provides are incredibly cool!

I almost had trouble to decide between the many choices it offers now, but even that is quite easy with the ability to preview the notification preview look with the top pulley in its settings entry.

Two suggestions came to my mind playing and enjoying it:

  1. IMHO its settings entry should be called "Notification preview" (instead of just "Notification"), as that is what it is all about.
  2. If it is technically feasible, a setting for the duration a notification preview is displayed would make your Patch even more perfect.

Thank you so much for this extremely useful and nice looking improvement of the SailfishOS GUI!

Ingvix's picture

I was sort of thinking that Notification could be the page's main subject in case there'd be some settings for notification in general by someone in the future or something like that. Though it might've been a bit too precautious of me. If that kind of case would present itself I could just update my patch to match it. So I guess I'll change the settings entry to Notification preview for the time being as you suggested.

The preview's duration setting can be implemented quite easily. I'll do it for the next release.

olf's picture

Kudos, as you created the 0.4.1 release incredibly quick and ... it's incredibly cool!

alina's picture

Very well implemented. However I prefer that the direction won't be important for the action, i.e. swiping to both left and right will do the same thing and we will have an additional swipe to top e.g. for deletion.

Ingvix's picture

I will see if I can implement optional swipe directions for different actions in the next release.

MoritzJT's picture

Could you give your patch a few options about width and what it derives from?

Best patch in a while! I disliked those non dismissable obstructions...

Ingvix's picture

Yes, settings are on to-do list.

olf's picture

This seems to be a small bug, when determining the width of a notification preview:
When the first ("title") line is longer than the second line (which is rarely the case), it is still truncated and "fades out" near the right edge. It looks, as if the width of a notification preview is solely calculated based on the second ("Details") line; but when the first line is longer, IMO its width should be used instead of the width of the second line.

Ingvix's picture

Yes, the width is currently only determined by the body which usually is the longer text. I can fix that in next release.