Adding “Custom Text” to Slack & HipChat Notifications (Now Possible)

Getting notifications of downtime/uptime via Slack or HipChat is widely used.

Yet, until now, it was only possible to “target” rooms and not users.

There is now a “custom text” feature in the “Add/Edit Alert Contact” dialogs for HipChat and Slack where the text mentioned there will be sent with each notification.

As an example, we can now use custom text like:

  • @everyone for Slack to notify everyone
  • @SlackUserID for Slack to notify a specific user
  • @here in HipChat to notify all users in the room
  • @all in HipChat to notify everyone in the room
  • @HipChatUsername to notify a specific user

Hope this helps for a better experience :).


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  1. Chris

    NOTE: For Slack and “@Channel” i had to do this “< !channel>“.

  2. jess

    notification should be avaliable on twitter too

  3. KC

    What is the ‘official’ way to integrate UR to HipChat? I’m just hooking to the RSS stream for now.

    1. Umut Muhaddisoglu Post author

      You can use “My Settings>Alert Contacts>New>HipChat”.

  4. Michael F

    Added slack monitor to website. Seen notification that webhook was added to channel on slack. Forced website down – no message arrives on the slack channel. Nothing. Nada. Null. :-/

  5. Dave

    Maybe you should add some descirption or a link to this blog post to the “New slack alert contact” form, as it is not immediately clear what this field is for.

    Also, is there a way to “test” alerts? This would also help with choosing the right content for the field and generally would be nice to be able to verify that some notification type works.

  6. Colin Safranek

    Is there a way to test a slack notification? I just want to make sure the message is formatted properly and alerting the “@channel”. How can I test the alert?



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