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Matrix Agent alert notifications

Learn how to send notifications to Matrix network rooms using Netdata's Agent alert notification feature, which supports dozens of endpoints, user roles, and more.


This file assumes you have read the Introduction to Agent alert notifications, detailing how the Netdata Agent's alert notification method works.


You will need:

  • The url of the homeserver (https://homeserver:port).
  • Credentials for connecting to the homeserver, in the form of a valid access token for your account (or for a dedicated notification account). These tokens usually don't expire.
  • The room ids that you want to send the notification to.

Configure Netdata to send alert notifications to Matrix


This file mentions editing configuration files.

  • To edit configuration files in a safe way, we provide the edit config script located in your Netdata config directory (typically is /etc/netdata) that creates the proper file and opens it in an editor automatically.
    Note that to run the script you need to be inside your Netdata config directory.

It is recommended to use this way for configuring Netdata.

Edit health_alarm_notify.conf, changes to this file do not require restarting Netdata:

  1. Set SEND_MATRIX to YES.

  2. Set MATRIX_HOMESERVER to the URL of the Matrix homeserver.

  3. Set MATRIX_ACCESSTOKEN to the access token from your Matrix account.
    To obtain the access token, you can use the following curl command:

    curl -XPOST -d '{"type":"m.login.password", "user":"example", "password":"wordpass"}' "https://homeserver:8448/_matrix/client/r0/login"
  4. Set DEFAULT_RECIPIENT_MATRIX to the rooms you want the alert notifications to be sent to.
    The format is !roomid:homeservername.

    The room ids are unique identifiers and can be obtained from the room settings in a Matrix client (e.g. Riot).

    You can define multiple rooms like this: !roomid1:homeservername !roomid2:homeservername.
    All roles will default to this variable if left unconfigured.

Detailed information about the Matrix client API is available at the official site.

You can then have different rooms per role, by editing DEFAULT_RECIPIENT_MATRIX with the !roomid:homeservername you want, in the following entries at the bottom of the same file:


An example of a working configuration would be:

# Matrix notifications


Test the notification method

To test this alert notification method refer to the "Testing Alert Notifications" section of the Agent alert notifications page.

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