Pre-release Testers Wanted!

We’re very close to a 0.4.2 release… If you’re feeling brave and know your way around svn code, we invite you to try out the soon to be released 0.4.2 version.

You can check out pre-release branch here:

svn co mumbles0.4-branch

Please see “Pre-release Notes” in the README for some important information about using the svn version.

We’re putting on the finishing touches, so updates should continue over the next few days (hours?). If you do try it out & have any problems please let us know in #mumbles (freenode), or on the forum.

Twitter Plugin

[edit 03.23: Files linked here are for the current version 0.4. svn has been updated working towards 0.5 - if you are running an up to date mumbles from svn you can find the updated twitter plugin there.]

[edit 03.24: Updated the twitter check script. Added option to check public timeline (by default if no account information is supplied) and fixed bug preventing script from running via Gnome Sessions. If you previously downloaded the file, it's advised to update. Links below point to current version.]

If you’re looking to get right to the plugin, download here, or find more information below. But first, some updates:

I realize it’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything. I had a failry busy last 6 months, but I hope to keep the site a bit more up to date going forward. Thanks to all of you still hanging around and sending comments.

So, in an attempt to keep the project moving foward and to encourage more participation, I wanted to post a few ways to get in touch with me and with others working on/using mumbles. Like always email (dot_j at this domain), and comments work, but I also want to keep the conversation about mumbles open and ongoing. So I have created a few new avenues of discussion:

IRC: #mumbles on

I try to hang around in here as much as possible. If you stop by and I’m not responding or away, try to hang around - I will respond when I can. I’m hoping other users and developers will also start to hang out here to help with plugins, questions and ideas.


I just got turned onto twitter and quickly realized it would be (among other things) a great place to talk about mumbles. It takes a little more time and attention to update the website and often there are things I’m working on or thinking about related to mumbles that do not warrant a full post here, so why not twitter?

Please consider taking part in either of these ways of following the mumbles project. I have recieved lots of feedback/suggestions and have a roadmap scetched out (post coming soon) for version 0.5 and I hope to see the discussion and participation pick up with new development.

And now for the plugin:

Download the Twitter Check Script & Mumbles Plugin

People have asked for it, and I now have an account, so I better have a plugin, right? It’s in an early stage with lots of room for improvements (version 0.5 will include some new functionality that will be added in future updates), but it works and is a great way to keep an eye on your twitter account. See the README in the archive for instructions. Like always, more information can be found at

New Plugin: Amarok Track Change Notifications

Amarok Script & Mumbles Plugin

By popular demand…

I finally took the plunge, installed Amarok, started mucking around with their scripting capabilities, and came out with a script that allowed me to create a mumbles plugin using the methodology outlined here.

I have seen that there are plans to switch to DBus in the next version of Amarok (and KDE for that matter), but in the meantime, this little script should do the trick.

I took the same approach with this script, as I had with the Firefox and Thunderbird extensions in that none of them are mumbles-specific. They all use a a pretty straight forward python class that extends a DBus service object to send signals. The script sends a signal to the DBus rather than to mumbles with the hope that other applications besides mumbles could make use of it by listening for those signals. I would like to see a common set of these scripts for applications that do not send DBus signals (or have no DBus support) on their own but have a scripting/plugin interface - building these extensions is a step in that direction and I hope they catch on (and are developed further to support more features/signals).

Installation instructions are included in the download file.


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Mumbles 0.4 is Out!

Mumbles 0.4 is Out

Download and Installation instructions for 0.4 can be found here.

New to this Release:

New Plugins

  • mumbles now has plugins for Gaim, Pidgin, Rhythmbox, Firefox*, Thunderbird*, and custom notifications.

*Firefox and Thunderbird plugins require a DBus extension. Please see the extras page for more information.

Theme Support

  • mumbles 0.4 introduces theming ability. This release comes with 6 standard themes and the ability to support custom themes.

mumbles-send script

  • mumbles-send is a script included with mumbles that allows sending of custom notifications. See the download page for an example of how to use mumbles-send.

Growl Network Notification Support

  • When started with Growl Network Notification support, mumbles can receive notifications over the network using the Growl network protocol. mumbles-send can also send Growl network notifications. Use mumbles with your Mac, or just send notifications to another computer running mumbles with Growl Network Notifications enabled. See the Growl section of the mumbles preferences pane or run ‘mumbles –help’ (or ‘mumbles-send –help’) for information about enabling and configuring Growl Network Notification support.

Daemon mode

  • Want to just run mumbles in the background without a panel applet? Run ‘mumbles -d’ to start in deamon mode.

Click Handling

  • mumbles now supports click handling. Right clicks close the notification and the Firefox plugin opens the downloaded file on left click.

Bug fixes and code improvements

  • What’s a release without them?

I hope you dig it.

  • Let me know what you think, what you’d like to see and whatever else is on your mind. I have some tutorials ready to roll out so check back here for updates on using the new features in mumbles 0.4 including: writing a plugin, creating custom themes and how to unleash the awesomeness that is network enabled notifications!

Pidgin Plugin Now Available

A plugin for Pidgin is now available in SVN repository.

The setup script has been updated to build the egg, so if you update or check out the current version, the installation will remain the same. If you just check out the Pidgin plugin you can either run the newest script or build the egg yourself from src/plugins/pidgin:

python develop –install-dir .. -m

Mumbles 0.3 Is Out!

Our first release (version 0.3) has hit.

Find it at the usual places [download] [svn] and drop by our SourceForge page.