Nagios notifications with Pushbullet

I was looking into using Pushbullet to notify me of the Nagios events, instead of sending the notifications via email. I stumbled upon this reddit post by a user named 1lowlyadmin which perfectly describes the process, but is around two years old and still uses the older Pushbullet API.

If you don’t know what Pushbullet is, here is a link to their site. They have clients for Android and iOS mobile devices, for Chrome, Firefox and Opera browsers, and a native client for Windows OS.

Pushbullet docs:
Get API key: – Go to Access Tokens and click Create Access Token.

There are two ways to get IDs for your devices, first is as described in the reddit post with curl:

curl -u <YourAPIkey>:

The second is to go to and click the device, and the last string in the url is the device ID.

The lines to add to commands.cfg (using the new Pushbullet v2 API):

# 'notify-host-by-push' command definition - ident
define command{
        command_name notify-host-by-push
        command_line /usr/bin/curl --header 'Access-Token: <YourAPIkey>' --header 'Content-Type: application/json' --data-binary '{"body":"***** Nagios ***** Notification Type: $NOTIFICATIONTYPE$ Host: $HOSTNAME$ State: $HOSTSTATE$ Address: $HOSTADDRESS$ Info: $HOSTOUTPUT$ Date/Time: $LONGDATETIME$","title":"** $NOTIFICATIONTYPE$ Host Alert: $HOSTNAME$ is $HOSTSTATE$ **","type":"note","device_iden":"<DesiredIdent>"}' --request POST

# 'notify-service-by-push' command definition - ident
define command{
        command_name notify-service-by-push
        command_line /usr/bin/curl --header 'Access-Token: <YourAPIkey>' --header 'Content-Type: application/json' --data-binary '{"body":"** $NOTIFICATIONTYPE$ Service Alert: $HOSTALIAS$/$SERVICEDESC$ is $SERVICESTATE$ **","title":"***** Nagios ***** Notification Type: $NOTIFICATIONTYPE$ Service: $SERVICEDESC$ Host: $HOSTALIAS$ Address: $HOSTADDRESS$ State: $SERVICESTATE$ Date/Time: $LONGDATETIME$ Additional Info: $SERVICEOUTPUT$ ","type":"note","device_iden":"<DesiredIdent>"}' --request POST



with your API Access Token and


with your device ID (iden).

You can also publish this to a Pushbullet channel, so that other people can subscribe to these notifications, such as your coworkers. In that case you have to create a channel and obtain the channel tag, and then replace device_iden with channel_tag. Keep in mind that the APIkey used to push the notifications to a channel needs to be of the channel owner.

Lines to be added to contacts.cfg are the same from the reddit post:

define contact{
        contact_name pusher
        use generic-contact
        alias Pushbullet Notification
        service_notification_commands notify-service-by-push
        host_notification_commands notify-host-by-push

If you wish to just use pushbullet, you can just replace the email ones in the templates.cfg for the generic-contact, and skip adding a new contact:

define contact{
        name                            generic-contact         ; The name of this contact template
        service_notification_period     24x7                    ; service notifications can be sent anytime
        host_notification_period        24x7                    ; host notifications can be sent anytime
        service_notification_options    w,u,c,r,f,s             ; send notifications for all service states, flapping events, and scheduled downtime events
        host_notification_options       d,u,r,f,s               ; send notifications for all host states, flapping events, and scheduled downtime events
        service_notification_commands   notify-service-by-push  ; send service notifications via push
        host_notification_commands      notify-host-by-push     ; send host notifications via push
        register                        0                       ; DONT REGISTER THIS DEFINITION - ITS NOT A REAL CONTACT, JUST A TEMPLATE!

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