Is there any way to set a keyboard shortcut to toggle do not disturb mode on/off?

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Yes, you can. Disturb mode can be set via the dconf boolean value org.pantheon.desktop.gala.notifications.do-not-disturb.

You can toggle it with a script like this (saved as ~/bin/toggle_do-not-disturb)


dconf write $KEY $(if [ $(dconf read $KEY) = 'true' ]; then echo false; else echo true; fi)

Then you can assign this script to a custom hot key in Settings/Keyboard Layout tab:

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  • This is very useful!
    – png2378
    Dec 15, 2016 at 14:46
  • Thanks. :) This is also useful if you want to override the "Do not disturb" mode temporarily for a notification You can set the KEY false, send a notification and set it to true again.
    – Gaurav
    Apr 19, 2018 at 22:14

Starting in Elementary Odin, notifications are now in io.elementary.notifications. So, now the path changes to /io/elementary/notifications/do-not-disturb.

The new version for the script would be:


dconf write $KEY $(if [ $(dconf read $KEY) = 'true' ]; then echo false; else echo true; fi)

Source: r/elementaryos on Reddit.

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