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Disable/Enable Notification Center (MacOS X)

Toggle MacOS X Notification Center on or off

This gist is to remind me (and anyone else who it helps) how to quickly disable and re-enable Notification Center.

Set Up Bash Aliases


  1. Open your terminal (<⌘ + ␣ (spacebar)>, then type "terminal", then press <↩ (enter)>).

  2. Paste and run the following command:

echo >> ~/.profile && echo >> ~/.profile && echo '# Disable/enable notification center' >> ~/.profile && echo 'alias disableNotificationCenter="launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/ && killall NotificationCenter"' >> ~/.profile && echo 'alias enableNotificationCenter="launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/ && open /System/Library/CoreServices/"' >> ~/.profile && source ~/.profile


To disable notification center:


To re-enable notification center:


How it works / background


Disable MacOS X's Notification Center entirely. But make it easy to turn it back on and disable again as needed.


I'm tired of seeing notifications that I can't dismiss, and there's no easy way to do this selectively (e.g. MacOS notifications always come through)

How this disables Notification Center

launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/
killall NotificationCenter

How this re-enables Notification Center

launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/
open /System/Library/CoreServices/


This approach is a command-line-only version of the solution proposed in a great article on

gianpaj commented Sep 28, 2015

Is the a way just to disable notification temporarily ie. turn on the 'Do not Disturb' switch? ie. for 15 mins?


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