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Telegram Agent alert notifications

Learn how to send notifications to Telegram 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.

Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers.

Telegram messages look like this:

Netdata will send warning messages without vibration.


You will need:

  • A bot token. To get one, contact the @BotFather bot and send the command /newbot and follow the instructions. Start a conversation with your bot or invite it into a group where you want it to send messages.

  • The chat ID for every chat you want to send messages to. Contact the @myidbot bot and send the /getid command to get your personal chat ID or invite it into a group and use the /getgroupid command to get the group chat ID. Group IDs start with a hyphen, supergroup IDs start with -100.

    Alternatively, you can get the chat ID directly from the bot API. Send your bot a command in the chat you want to use, then check{YourBotToken}/getUpdates, eg.

  • terminal access to the Agent you wish to configure

Configure Netdata to send alert notifications to Telegram


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:

  2. Set TELEGRAM_BOT_TOKEN to your bot token.
  3. Set DEFAULT_RECIPIENT_TELEGRAM to the chat ID you want the alert notifications to be sent to.
    You can define multiple chat IDs like this: 49999333322 -1009999222255.
    All roles will default to this variable if left unconfigured.

You can then have different chats per role, by editing DEFAULT_RECIPIENT_TELEGRAM with the chat ID you want, in the following entries at the bottom of the same file:

role_recipients_telegram[webmaster]="-1009999222255 49999333389"

An example of a working configuration would be:

# telegram ( global 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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