How to Display macOS Notifications from the Command Line

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In this guide, we're going to use AppleScript and a tool called osascript to display macOS notifications. AppleScript is a scripting language created by Apple that allows us to automate control of Mac applications, and osascript is a tool that allows us to execute AppleScript from the command line.

With these tools, we can easily display macOS notifications from the command line or from within shell scripts.

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Text-only notification

The display command can be run like this:

display notification "test notification!"

But if we want to execute this from the command line, we need to use osascript with the -e flag.

osascript -e 'display notification "test notification!"'

Notification with a title

osascript -e 'display notification "test notification!" with title "This is the title"'

Run any of these examples from the Terminal application (or your favorite terminal emulator), and you'll see the notifications appear!