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Notifications are used to attract the user's attention. They offer four separate severity levels, and can also be modified for use in different contexts.

Severity levels


The information severity should be used to convey an information message.


The caution severity should be used to convey information that is not critical but the user should be aware of.


The negative severity should be used to convey information that is critical and the user should take action.


The positive severity should be used to convey success or completion.



In cases where a notification sits inside another component, such as a table cell or a card, it may be useful to remove the outer border and highlight bar.


When vertical space is limited, you can use the inline variant.



Notifications can have actions in either button or link form. These will appear below the notification message.


Notifications that can be dismissed can include a close button.


For notifications in which recency is important, you can include a section for time.

Class reference

Root element


Notification in default variant. Same as .p-notification--information.


Information notification. Same as default .p-notification.


Positive notification.


Caution notification.


Negative notification.


Borderless variant of notification. Used when notification is embeded into another container element.


Inline version of notification with title and message rendered side by side.

Content container


Container element for notification content (title and message).



The notification title.



Text of the notification message.

Close button


The button to close the notification.

Meta-data container


The container element for notification meta-data (timestamp and action buttons).



Notification timestamp or date.

Actions container


Container element for notification action buttons.

Action button


Single action button.

JavaScript functionality

Some features of the notification component may require JavaScript implementation.

If the notification contains a dismiss button, clicking on it should remove the notification from the view.

Notifications can also have optional action buttons, clicking on those should trigger the relevant action and close the notification.

You can use our Notification React component for a full-featured implementation that includes any JavaScript functionality.


To import just this component into your project, copy the snippet below and include it in your main Sass file.

// import Vanilla and include base mixins
// this only needs to happen once in a given project
@import 'vanilla-framework';
@include vf-base;

@include vf-p-notification;

For more information see Customising Vanilla in your projects, which includes overrides and importing instructions.


You can use notifications in React by installing our react-component library and importing Notification component.

See the documentation for our React Notification component

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