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Sending Neo4j messages to a Slack channel

Although not specific to Neo4j and this knowledge base document is provided as a convenience, if your environment has a Slack implementation, then Slack provides an API to allow you to programmatically send messags to a specific channel. This can be helpful, for example to send a message on success/failure of backup by checking the exit code of backup.

Using the Slack Hello World example as a starting template, one will be guided through the process of creating a Slack app and resultant WEBHOOK_URL to post messages to.

For example on backup failure:

$ curl -X POST -H 'Content-type: application/json' --data '{"text":"Backup Failure"}' YOUR_WEBHOOK_URL

replacing YOUR_WEBHOOK_URL with its actual value, for example the following code on a linux implementations

host=`uname -n`
msg="{   \"text\":  \"Backup failure on $host at $time\"   }"
curl -X POST -H 'Content-type: application/json' --data "$msg"

will result in a message to your Slack channel similar to