Are you wondering how many alternative ways to get notifications from your nagios/icinga exists, other than plain email messages? And what if you actually are monitoring your email or DNS infrastructure and you don’t want to use a third-party email account dedicated to our precious notices?

An alternative and effective method to deliver the short status notification is via Twitter messages, using a protected account (for privacy).

Register a new standard Twitter account and make sure to enable in the settings:

twitter privacy settings

We need to install on the monitoring server a command-line Twitter client, such as Twidge:

sudo apt-get install twidge

Do the one-time configuration procedure with the user you prefer:

twidge setup

Move the generated configuration file from your home folder somewhere into the nagios/icinga configuration folder:

sudo mv ~/.twidgerc /etc/icinga/twidgerc

Now add two new custom commands in the nagios/icinga configuration:

/etc/icinga/commands.cfg: define command { command_name notify-host-by-twitter command_line /bin/echo "HOST $HOSTALIAS$ is $HOSTSTATE$" | twidge -c /etc/icinga/twidgerc update } define command { command_name notify-service-by-twitter command_line /bin/echo "SERVICE $SERVICEDESC$ on $HOSTALIAS$ is $SERVICESTATE$" | twidge -c /etc/icinga/twidgerc update }

Now you need to use such commands as host and service notifications, like here: define contact { contact_name root alias Root service_notification_period 24x7 host_notification_period 24x7 service_notification_options w,u,c,r host_notification_options d,r service_notification_commands notify-service-by-twitter host_notification_commands notify-host-by-twitter }

Reload and enjoy!

sudo /etc/init.d/icinga reload

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