I'm looking for a Chrome extension that will notify me (pop a desktop notification) when a new question is posted in any Stack Exchange site according to a Stack Exchange filter (as in http://stackexchange.com/filters).

There are dozens of Chrome extensions for Stack Exchange in Chrome Web Store but I can't find one that does that. Any ideas?

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Any RSS feed extension should do the trick, as long as it supports Atom. I personally use Inoreader, which comes with a Chrome extension.

What you need to do is subscribe to your filter(s) using the feed link at the bottom right of the page:

Then you can turn on and configure desktop notifications from Inoreader settings page, under the behavioursection:

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    Note that SE provides Atom feeds for filters, not RSS feeds, so the extension would have to support Atom (however, most extensions probably support all common feed formats anyway).
    – unor
    May 24, 2015 at 16:08
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    @unor True. The software still works, I just messed up the feed type. I'll fix the answer
    – Tymric
    May 24, 2015 at 16:09

I've done a little research and it seems that such an application might be impossible at the time; The following two sources lead me to believe that the StackExchange was built to withstand malicious code (rightfully so,) and that in turn it disallows the use of the window object in Javascript. As a result it might not be possible to do this.

Chrome desktop notification example?

Browser notifications API doesn't work in Stack snippet

Best of luck otherwise!

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