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March 15, 2017

Post message to Rocket.chat from bash

Posted on March 15, 2017  •  2 minutes  • 340 words  •  Suggest Changes

We recently moved over from Slack to a self-hosted communication app : _Rocket.chat _. One of the things I really enjoyed on slack, was the fact that there is a huge amount of integrations. Even from bash one can write to _slack. _This is particularly nice for reports of cron jobs, previously I relied on e-mails, but those tend to get ignored/spammed/… not read. So I let cron jobs also slack me. On Rocket.chat there are also incoming hooks, but I could not find a script that made it dummy prove to use like the one from _Sul Aga _so I took his code and adapted it to work with _Rocket.chat. _Here is how you can do the same.

Create a new incoming webhook

under administration -> integrations : add new incoming webhook

The only thing you need now is the Webhook URL.

Sending messages : The script

Based on this script.

#!/usr/bin/env bash

function usage {
    programName=$0
    echo "description: use this program to post messages to Rocket.chat channel"
    echo "usage: $programName [-b \"message body\"] [-u \"rocket.chat url\"]"
    echo "      -b    The message body"
    echo "      -u    The rocket.chat hook url to post to"
    exit 1
}

while getopts "🅱️u:h" opt; do
  case ${opt} in
    u) rocketUrl="$OPTARG"
    ;;
    b) msgBody="$OPTARG"
    ;;
    h) usage
    ;;
    \?) echo "Invalid option -$OPTARG" >&2
    ;;
  esac
done

if [[ ! "${rocketUrl}" || ! "${msgBody}" ]]; then
    echo "all arguments are required"
    usage
fi

read -d '' payLoad << EOF
{"text": "${msgBody}"}
EOF

echo $payLoad

statusCode=$(curl \
        --write-out %{http_code} \
        --silent \
        --output /dev/null \
        -X POST \
        -H 'Content-type: application/json' \
        --data "${payLoad}" ${rocketUrl})

echo ${statusCode}

Now to use it is simple; Take webhook url, and start posting messages.

./postToRocket.sh -b "everything is fine today" -u ROCKET_CHAT_URL

And that’s it folks ! Happy spamming Rocket.chat 🙂

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