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IRC Agent alert notifications

Learn how to send notifications to IRC 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.

This is what you will get:

IRCCloud web client:

Irssi terminal client:


You will need:

  • The nc utility.
    You can set the path to it, or Netdata will search for it in your system $PATH.
  • terminal access to the Agent you wish to configure

Configure Netdata to send alert notifications to IRC


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 the path for nc, otherwise Netdata will search for it in your system $PATH:

    # external commands
    # The full path of the nc command.
    # If empty, the system $PATH will be searched for it.
    # If not found, irc notifications will be silently disabled.
  2. Set SEND_IRC to YES

  3. Set DEFAULT_RECIPIENT_IRC to one or more channels to post the messages to.
    You can define multiple channels like this: #alarms #systems.
    All roles will default to this variable if left unconfigured.

  4. Set IRC_NETWORK to the IRC network which your preferred channels belong to.

  5. Set IRC_PORT to the IRC port to which a connection will occur.

  6. Set IRC_NICKNAME to the IRC nickname which is required to send the notification.
    It must not be an already registered name as the connection's MODE is defined as a guest.

  7. Set IRC_REALNAME to the IRC realname which is required in order to make he connection.

You can then have different channels per role, by editing DEFAULT_RECIPIENT_IRC with the channel you want, in the following entries at the bottom of the same file:

role_recipients_irc[dba]="#databases #systems"
role_recipients_irc[webmaster]="#marketing #development"

The values you provide should be IRC channels which belong to the specified IRC network.

An example of a working configuration would be:

# irc notification options

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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