The Snackbar is a timed alert that appears at the bottom of the screen by default. It is dismissed after a configurable duration of time. Snackbar is fully customizable and can be anchored to any IView.

The Snackbar informs users of a process that an app has performed or will perform. It appears temporarily, towards the bottom of the screen.


The Snackbar is invoked using C#.


To display Snackbar you need to create it, using the static method Make:

using CommunityToolkit.Maui.Alerts;

CancellationTokenSource cancellationTokenSource = new CancellationTokenSource();

var snackbarOptions = new SnackbarOptions
    BackgroundColor = Colors.Red,
    TextColor = Colors.Green,
    ActionButtonTextColor = Colors.Yellow,
    CornerRadius = new CornerRadius(10),
    Font = Font.SystemFontOfSize(14),
    ActionButtonFont = Font.SystemFontOfSize(14),
    CharacterSpacing = 0.5

string text = "This is a Snackbar";
string actionButtonText = "Click Here to Dismiss";
Action action = async () => await DisplayAlert("Snackbar ActionButton Tapped", "The user has tapped the Snackbar ActionButton", "OK");
TimeSpan duration = TimeSpan.FromSeconds(3);

var snackbar = Snackbar.Make(text, action, actionButtonText, duration, snackbarOptions);

await snackbar.Show(cancellationTokenSource.Token);

When calling Snackbar.Make(), its parameter string text is required. All other parameters are optional.

The following screenshot shows the resulting Snackbar:

There is also an extension method, which will anchor the Snackbar to any VisualElement:

await MyVisualElement.DisplaySnackbar("Snackbar is awesome. It is anchored to MyVisualElement");

SnackBar contains two events:

  • public static event EventHandler Shown
  • public static event EventHandler Dismissed

It also contains the property public static bool IsShown { get; }.

Snackbar.Shown += (s, e) => { Console.WriteLine(Snackbar.IsShown); };
Snackbar.Dismissed += (s, e) => { Console.WriteLine(Snackbar.IsShown); };


Property Type Description
Text string Text message. Required
Action Action Action to invoke on action button click.
ActionButtonText string Action button text.
Anchor IView Snackbar anchor. Snackbar appears near this view. When null, the Snackbar will appear at the bottom of the screen.
Duration TimeSpan Snackbar duration.
VisualOptions SnackbarOptions Snackbar visual options.


The SnackbarOptions allows customize the default Snackbar style.


Property Type Description Default value
CharacterSpacing double Message character spacing. 0.0d
Font Font Message font. Font.SystemFontOfSize(14)
TextColor Color Message text color. Colors.Black
ActionButtonFont Font Action button font. Font.SystemFontOfSize(14)
ActionButtonTextColor Color Action button text color. Colors.Black
BackgroundColor Color Background color. Colors.LightGray
CornerRadius CornerRadius Corner radius. new CornerRadius(4, 4, 4, 4)


Method Description
Show Display the requested Snackbar. This will dismiss any currently displayed Snackbar
Dismiss Dismiss the requested Snackbar.


You can display only 1 Snackbar at the same time. If you call the Show method a second time, the first Snackbar will automatically be dismissed before the second Snackbar is shown.


You can find an example of this feature in action in the .NET MAUI Community Toolkit Sample Application.


You can find the source code for Snackbar over on the .NET MAUI Community Toolkit GitHub repository.

Details of implementation and limitation for different platforms

  1. The API allows override existing methods with your own implementation or even create your own Snackbar, by implementing ISnackbar interface.
  2. "Native" Snackbar is available only on Android and created by Google. Other platforms use "Container" (UIView for iOS and MacCatalyst, ToastNotification on Windows).
  3. Snackbar on Windows can't be anchored to VisualElement and is always displayed as a default Windows Notification.

WinUI specifics

ToastNotification which is used to show Snackbar on Windows has 2 types of activation: foreground and background.

More info about handling activation: Send a local toast notification from C# apps

Foreground activation type is used in CommunityToolkit.Maui library. That means, whenever a notification is shown a new instance of application is executed. It is up to the developer how to handle such situations. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Use Single Application Instance.

    That means, whenever the user clicks on the ToastNotification, the new instance of the application (new process) checks if there is already a process running for our app and if any, the new process that was created by the notification is killed.

    Add the next code to Platform\Windows\App.xaml.cs:

    static Mutex? mutex;
    protected override void OnLaunched(LaunchActivatedEventArgs args)
        if (!IsSingleInstance())
    static bool IsSingleInstance()
        const string applicationId = "YOUR_APP_ID_FROM_CSPROJ";
        mutex = new Mutex(false, applicationId);
            return mutex.WaitOne(0, false);
        catch (AbandonedMutexException)
            return mutex.WaitOne(0, false);
  2. Using external NuGet package.

    With this approach application registers new service which monitors ToastNotification activation. Works with Windows 10.0.18362 and later.

    1. Install CommunityToolkit.WinUI.Notifications.
    2. Add the next code to Platform\Windows\App.xaml.cs:
    protected override void OnLaunched(LaunchActivatedEventArgs args)
        ToastNotificationManagerCompat.OnActivated += ToastNotificationManagerCompat_OnActivated;
    void ToastNotificationManagerCompat_OnActivated(ToastNotificationActivatedEventArgsCompat e)
        // Handle ToastNotificationEvent.
    1. Update Platform\Windows\Package.appxmanifest:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    IgnorableNamespaces="uap rescap com desktop">
        <Application Id="App" Executable="$targetnametoken$.exe" EntryPoint="$targetentrypoint$">
        <uap:VisualElements />
            <!-- Specify which CLSID to activate when toast clicked -->
            <desktop:Extension Category="windows.toastNotificationActivation">
                <desktop:ToastNotificationActivation ToastActivatorCLSID="YOUR_APP_ID_FROM_CSPROJ" /> 
            <!--Register COM CLSID LocalServer32 registry key-->
            <com:Extension Category="windows.comServer">
                    <com:ExeServer Executable="YOUR_APP_NAME.exe" Arguments="-ToastActivated" DisplayName="Toast activator">
                        <com:Class Id="YOUR_APP_ID_FROM_CSPROJ" DisplayName="Toast activator"/>