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ntfy brings notification to your shell. It can automatically provide desktop notifications when long running commands finish or it can send push notifications to your phone when a specific command finishes. Confused? This video demonstrates some of this functionality:



$ sudo pip install ntfy
$ ntfy send test
# send a notification when the command `sleep 10` finishes
# this sends the message '"sleep 10" succeeded in 0:10 minutes'
$ ntfy done sleep 10
$ ntfy -b pushover -o user_key t0k3n send 'Pushover test!'
$ ntfy -t 'ntfy' send "Here's a custom notification title!"
$ echo -e 'backends: ["pushover"]\npushover: {"user_key": "t0k3n"}' > ~/.config/ntfy/ntfy.yml
$ ntfy send "Pushover via config file!"
$ ntfy done --pid 6379  # PID extra
$ ntfy send ":tada: ntfy supports emoji! :100:"  # emoji extra
# Enable shell integration
$ echo 'eval "$(ntfy shell-integration)"' >> ~/.bashrc


The install technique in the quickstart is the suggested method of installation. It can be installed in a virtualenv, but with some caveats: Linux notifications require --system-site-packages for the virtualenv and OS X notifications don’t work at all.

Shell integration

ntfy has support for automatically sending notifications when long running commands finish in bash and zsh. In bash it emulates zsh’s preexec and precmd functionality with rcaloras/bash-preexec. To enable it add the following to your .bashrc or .zshrc:

eval "$(ntfy shell-integration)"

By default it will only send notifications for commands lasting longer than 10 seconds and if the terminal is focused. Terminal focus works on X11(Linux) and with Terminal.app and iTerm2 on MacOS. Both options can be configured via the --longer-than and --foreground-too options.

To avoid unnecessary notifications when running interactive programs, programs listed in AUTO_NTFY_DONE_IGNORE don’t generate notifications. For example:

export AUTO_NTFY_DONE_IGNORE="vim screen meld"


ntfy can also a has a few features that require extra dependencies.
  • nfty done -p $PID requires installing as ntfy[pid]
  • XMPP requires installing as ntfy[XMPP]
  • Telegram requires installing as ntfy[telegram]

emojis, Telegram and xmpp are extras.

Configuring ntfy

ntfy is configured with a YAML file stored at ~/.config/ntfy/ntfy.yml


The backends key specifies what backends to use by default. Each backend has its own configuration, stored in a key of its own name. For example:

    - pushover
    - linux
    - xmpp
    user_key: hunter2
    access_key: hunter2
     jid: "user@gmail.com"
     password: "xxxx"
     mtype: "chat"
     recipient: "me@jit.si"

If you want mulitple configs for the same backend type, you can specify any name and then specify the backend with a backend key. For example:

    user_key: hunter2
    backend: pushover
    user_key: hunter2

See the backends bellow for available backends and options.

Pushover - pushover

Required parameters:
  • user_key
Optional parameters:
  • sound
  • priority
  • expire
  • retry
  • callback
  • access_token - use your own application token
  • device - target a device, if omitted, notification is sent to all devices
  • url
  • url_title
  • html

Pushbullet - pushbullet

Required parameter:
Optional parameters:
  • device_iden - a device identifier, if omited, notification is sent to all devices
  • email - send notification to pushbullte user with the specified email or send an email if they aren’t a pushullet user

XMPP - xmpp

Requires parameters:
  • jid
  • password
  • recipient
Optional parameters
  • hostname (if not from jid)
  • port
  • path_to_certs
  • mtype (‘chat’ required for Google Hangouts)

Require extras, install like this: pip install ntfy[xmpp].

To verify the SSL certificates offered by a server: path_to_certs = “path/to/ca/cert”

Without dnspython library installed, you will need to specify the server hostname if it doesn’t match the jid.

For example, to use Google Talk you would need to use: hostname = ‘talk.google.com’

Specify port if other than 5222. NOTE: Ignored without specified hostname

Telegram - telegram

Require extras, install like this: pip install ntfy[telegram].

Requires ntfy to be installed as ntfy[telegram]. This backend is configured the first time you will try to use it: ntfy -b telegram send "Telegram configured for ntfy".

Pushjet - pushjet

Required parameter:
Optional parameters:
  • endpoint - custom Pushjet API endpoint

    (defaults to https://api.pushjet.io)

  • level - The importance level from 1(low) to 5(high)

  • link

Linux Desktop Notifications - linux

Works via dbus, works with most DEs like Gnome, KDE, XFCE and with libnotify.

You will need to install some font that supports emojis (in Debian fonts-symbola or Gentoo media-fonts/symbola).

Windows Desktop Notifications - win32

Uses pywin32.

Mac OS X Notification Center - darwin

Requires ntfy to be installed globally (not in a virtualenv).

Other options

Title is configurable with the title key in the config. Example:

title: Customized Title


python setup.py test


  • dschep - Maintainer & Lead Developer
  • danryder - XMPP Backend & emoji support
  • oz123 - Linux desktop notification improvements
  • schwert - PushJet support
  • rahiel - Telegram support
  • jungle-boogie - Documentation updates
  • tjbenator - Advanced Pushover options
  • mobiusklein - Win32 Bugfix
  • rcaloras - Creator of bash-prexec, without which there woudn’t be bash shell integration for ntfy

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