This is not something I normally mess with but the notification pop sound really annoys me. I turned the volume down but do like to have a sound. Any advice on how this can be changed? I guess it's a sound file somewhere?


  • Check my answer, I did for example sudo mv bell.oga bell2.oga and then sudo cp camera-shutter.oga bell.oga to check that I could replace the sound and it worked. Nov 6, 2017 at 15:16

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Option 1

Speaker icon in panel > Sound settings > Sound effects > Mute button

Option 2

Navigate to folder: /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo and change bell.oga (requires sudo) to another stereo ogg sound effect

Option 3

Download the freedesktop theme to your home folder http://people.ubuntu.com/~dylanmccall/soundgallery/ and save it in ~/.local/share/sounds/ This doesn't require sudo, and you can then edit this, and

Now you can go to:

Speaker icon in panel > Sound settings > Sound effects

And select a different sound!

Hopefully this fuels your imagination and you are able to make a custom theme you are happy with!!!


Here's what worked for me (elementary OS 5.0 - Juno):

sudo rm /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/audio-volume-change.oga
sudo rm /usr/share/sounds/elementary/stereo/audio-volume-change.wav

Then I rebooted my computer but restarting only the desktop manager should do it too.

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/elementaryos/comments/9qibas/disable_volume_sound/eh0n9hn/

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