Spices Update

UUID: SpicesUpdate@claudiux
Last edited:
1 day ago 2019-01-17, 22:23 UTC
Last commit: [4589e5ad] SpicesUpdate@claudiux: v1.1.2 Solves Feature Request #2210 (#2215)

Warns you when your Spices (applets, desklets, extensions, themes) require an update.



Spices Update


Cinnamon Spices are Applets, Desklets, Extensions and Themes.

You usually check updates for the Spices using Cinnamon Settings. But, like me, you do it too seldom.

The Spices Update applet plays these roles:

  • It warns you when the Spices you have installed need updates.
  • Optional: It can also warn you when new Spices are available.
  • It gives you direct access to Cinnamon Settings for Applets, Desklets, Extensions and Themes.


Fully supported by the author, under continuing development and in continuous use on several machines, running with Linux Mint, Fedora or Archlinux.


The Spices Update requires the tool notify-send.

To install it:

  • Fedora: sudo dnf install libnotify
  • Arch: sudo pacman -Syu libnotify
  • Linux Mint: sudo apt install libnotify-bin

This applet helps you to install this dependency, if any.


There are five tabs in settings.

The first, General, allows you to:

  • Select the Time interval between two checks (in hours). Please note that the first check will take place one minute after starting this applet.
  • Select the ways to warn you : changing the appearance (by color changing) of the icon of this applet and/or displaying messages in the notification zone.
  • Select the Type of display of the icon: with or without text?

For the content of the other tabs (Applets, Desklets, etc), please look at the screenshot above and note that the list of installed Spices is automatically filled at startup, but a button allows you to reload it.

Set to FALSE all the Spices you do not want to check updates. There are two reasons to do this:

  • A spice is OK for you, and you do not want to be notified of any changes to it.
  • You are a developer working on a spice and you do not want to be informed about changes during development.


In the menu of this applet:

  • a Refresh button allows you to force checking the availability of updates for your Spices;
  • a dot appears in front of each type of Spice when at least one update is available;
  • a click on a type of Spice (Applets, Desklets, etc) opens the corresponding page in Cinnamon Settings;
  • when new Spices are available, an option Forget new Spices appears; clicking it will clear these notifications of new spices, until others arrive;
  • a Configure... button opens the Settings.


The color of the icon changes when at least one of your Spices needs an update.

Its tooltip (the message displayed when the icon is hovered) contains the list of spices to update, if any.


Any translation is welcome. Thank you for contributing to translate the applet's messages into new languages, or to improve or supplement existing translations.


Automatic Installation

Use the Applets menu in Cinnamon Settings, or Add Applets to Panel in the context menu (right-click) of your desktop panel. Then go on the Download tab to install this Spices Update applet.

Manual Installation:

  • Install the additional programs required.
  • Download the Spices Update from the Spices Web Site.
  • Unzip and extract the folder SpicesUpdate@claudiux into ~/.local/share/cinnamon/applets/
  • Enable this applet in System Settings -> Applets.
  • You can also access the Settings Screen from System Settings -> Applets, or from the context menu of this applet (right-clicking on its icon).

A Star to thank the author

If you like this Spices Update applet, please do not offer money or coffee, but log in and click on the Star at the top of this page.

Many Thanks.



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MarcoB-0049-23 hours ago
EU/D Super praktisch, das Applet! Vielen Dank für die gute Arbeit! UK/Brexit --↓ Super handy, the Applet! Many thanks for the good work!
Bundy01-3 days ago
Very useful applet. Thank you.
claudiux-3 days ago
Thank you for all your wonderful messages! This encourages me to continue developing this applet.
SvenRieke-5 days ago
This functionality should always have been native by Cinnamon. One of the most important applets, a must have.
claudiux-1 week ago
German translation is now available. Thanks to @Mintulix!
MrNanook-2 weeks ago
Great applet, much needed. :-)
Mintulix-2 weeks ago
This one gets "5 stars" for the well thought out implementation. Great! Missed this since spices have been implemented in the four sections.
claudiux-2 weeks ago
Thanks to @muzena for the Croatian translation!