Android notifier

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Android Notifier is a linux application that receives notifications on sms, mms, battery status and more from your phone to your Linux, Mac or Windows PC. This article is about installing and running it in the background on Arch Linux.
You will need the android app Remote Notifier installed on your phone which is available for free at Market.


  • Android app installed on your phone: Remote Notifier by Rodrigo Damazio, from Market.
  • Port 10600 tcp/udp open in your firewall (iptables rules coming soon...)


Get it from AUR: android-notifier-desktopAUR

Dependencies: java-runtime

Adjust for Arch Linux (bugfix)

Note: Since version 0.5.1-2 (introduced 25-07-2011) this bugfix is already incorporated in the PKGBUILD and there is no need for manual modifications.

By editing /usr/share/android-notifier-desktop/ change

java -DconfigDir=$configDir -Djava.util.prefs.userRoot=$configDir/android-notifier-desktop -client -Xms8m -Xmx32m -jar android-notifier-desktop.jar $1


java -DconfigDir=$configDir -Djava.util.prefs.userRoot=$configDir/android-notifier-desktop -client -Xms8m -Xmx32m -jar /usr/share/android-notifier-desktop/android-notifier-desktop.jar $1

(use the full path to file /usr/share/android-notifier-desktop/android-notifier-desktop.jar)

If not applied, the error "The file android-notifier-desktop.jar couldn't be found" is shown and it will not start.

More about bugfix


To configure android-notifier, run '/usr/share/android-notifier-desktop/ -p'

To show help run '/usr/share/android-notifier-desktop/ -h'

Starting android-notifier

Add this command to for example .xinitrc; '/usr/share/android-notifier-desktop/ &'
Or just run it from terminal.