Get started with the Notifications Service in Cloud Foundry

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You can use the Notifications Service in Cloud Foundry to create a client, obtain a token, register notifications, create a custom template, and send notifications.

For more information about the Notifications Service, see the Notifications API v1 or v2 documentation.


Before you use the Notifications Service you must:

Create a client and get a token

To interact with the Notifications Service, you must create UAA scopes.

To create UAA scopes:

  1. Target your UAA server by running:

    uaac target uaa.YOUR-DOMAIN

    Where YOUR-DOMAIN is the domain of your UAA server URL.

  2. Record the uaa:admin:client_secret from your deployment manifest.

  3. Authenticate and obtain an access token for the admin client from the UAA server by running:

    uaac token client get admin -s ADMIN-CLIENT-SECRET

    Where ADMIN-CLIENT-SECRET is the admin client secret.

    UAAC stores the token in ~/.uaac.yml.

  4. Create a notifications-admin client with the required scopes by running:

    uaac client add notifications-admin --authorized_grant_types client_credentials --authorities \
    • notifications.write: Send a notification. For example, you can send notifications to a user, space, or everyone in the system.
    • notifications.manage: Update notifications and assign templates for that notification.
    • (Optional) notification_templates.write: Create a custom template for a notification.
    • (Optional) Check which templates are saved in the database.
  5. Log in using your newly created client by running:

    uaac token client get notifications-admin

    Stay logged in to this client to follow the examples in this topic.

For more information about UAA scopes, see User Account and Authentication (UAA) Server.

Register notifications

Important To register notifications, you must have the notifications.manage scope on the client. To set critical notifications, you must have the critical_notifications.write scope.

You must register a notification before sending it. Using the token notifications-admin from the previous step, the following example registers two notifications with the following properties:

uaac curl -X PUT --data '{  "source_name": "Cloud Ops Team",
  "notifications": {
     "system-going-down": {"critical": true, "description": "Cloud going down" },
     "system-up": { "critical": true, "description": "Cloud back up" }
  • source_name has “Cloud Ops Team” set as the description.
  • system-going-down and system-up are the notifications set.
  • system-going-down and system-up are made critical, so no users can unsubscribe from that notification.

Create a custom template

To view a list of templates, you must have the scope. To create a custom template, you must have the notification_templates.write scope.

A template is made up of a name, a subject, a text representation of the template you are sending for mail clients that do not support HTML, and an HTML version of the template.

The system provides a default template for all notifications, but you can create a custom template by running:

uaac curl -X POST --data \
'{"name":"site-maintenance","subject":"Maintenance: {{.Subject}}","text":"The site has gone down for maintenance. More information to follow {{.Text}}","html":"<p>The site has gone down for maintenance. More information to follow {{.HTML}}"}'

Variables that take the form {{.}} interpolate data provided in the send step before a notification is sent. Data that you can insert into a template during the send step include {{.Text}}, {{.HTML}}, and {{.Subject}}.

This curl command returns a unique template ID that can be used in subsequent calls to refer to your custom template. The result looks similar to:

{"template-id": "E3710280-954B-4147-B7E2-AF5BF62772B5"}

Check all of your saved templates by running:

uaac curl -X GET

Associate a custom template with a notification

In this example, the system-going-down notification belonging to the notifications-admin client is associated with the template ID E3710280-954B-4147-B7E2-AF5BF62772B5. This is the template ID of the template we created in the previous section.

Associating a template with a notification requires the notifications.manage scope.

uaac curl \
-X PUT --data '{"template": "E3710280-954B-4147-B7E2-AF5BF62772B5"}'

Any notification that does not have a custom template applied, such as system-up, defaults to a system-provided template.

Send a notification

Important To send a critical notification, you must have the critical_notifications.write scope. To send a non-critical notification, you must have the notifications_write scope.

You can send a notification to the following recipients:

  • A user
  • A space
  • An org
  • All users in the system
  • A UAA scope
  • An email address

For more information, see Notifications V1 Documentation in the Notifications repository on GitHub.

The following example command sends the system-going-down notification described above to all users in the system:

uaac curl -X POST --data \
'{"kind_id":"system-going-down","text":"The system is going down while we upgrade our storage","html":"<strong>THE SYSTEM IS DOWN</strong><p>The system is going down while we upgrade our storage</p>","subject":"Upgrade to Storage","reply_to":""}'
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