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      Latest reply on Feb 16, 2020 8:47 AM by eskimo
      liang.zhou Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


        I have a background daemon which is launched by launchd at system startup. I need to show a notification window to reports some event occationally. My snippet is as follows.


        CFStringRef message = CFStringCreateWithCString(NULL, filePath, kCFStringEncodingUTF8);
        CFUserNotificationDisplayNotice( 3.0f, kCFUserNotificationStopAlertLevel | kCFUserNotificationNoDefaultButtonFlag,
                                             NULL, NULL, NULL,


        The CFUserNotificationDisplayNotice returns 0, but no window shows up.

        I cannot find much information about how to use this API.

        Could anybody show me the correct way to show some UI from a daemon? Thanks!

        • Re: Show notification window from daemon
          eskimo Apple Staff Apple Staff (13,025 points)

          I need to show a notification window to reports some event occationally.

          Don’t do this.  The best way to handle this is:

          • Have a launchd agent that runs in each GUI login session that can service notification requests from the daemon.

          • The agent is running in a GUI login session, so it has full access to all GUI facilities.

          • When the daemon wants to notify the user of something, it can consult with the list of connected agents and decide how to proceed.

          • You’ll need to decide on a policy for how the daemon should proceed if there are no agents connected.

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