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Using Notifications

CircleCI has integrated chat notifications, automated email notifications, and web notifications. Slack and Email notifications are delivered on the success or failure of a workflow. IRC notifications are delivered for each job. Consider the minimal CircleCI config below:

version: 2
jobs:
  build:
    docker:
      - image: circleci/<language>:<version TAG>
    steps:
      - checkout
      - run: <command>
  test:
    docker:
      - image: circleci/<language>:<version TAG>
    steps:
      - checkout
      - run: <command>
workflows:
  version: 2
  build_and_test: # < Slack and Email notifications will be delivered for workflows
    jobs:
    # IRC integrations will receive notification for each job.
      - build
      - test

Continue reading to learn how each notification type (chat, email, and web) is configurable.

Enable Chat Notifications

CircleCI supports Slack and IRC notifications. Configure chat notifications on the Project Settings > Chat Notifications page of the CircleCI application using the in-app instructions and links for each chat app. To access the Chatroom Integrations page for a project, first select Settings from the main sidebar, then Projects under the Organization menu, then click the settings icon associated with your project:

Slack notifications will look like the following:

Set or Change Email Notifications

Use the Notifications page of the CircleCI application to set or change your default email address for notifications, to turn off email notifications, or get a notification email for every build.

Email notifications will look like the following:

Enable Web Notifications

  1. Go to your CircleCI user settings. The link to turn on permissions is at the bottom in the Web Notifications section as shown in the screenshot:

  2. Click the link to turn on permissions. Your browser will ask you to confirm that you want to allow notifications from CircleCI.

  3. Click Allow as shown in the screenshot example.

  4. Select the radio button to show notifications for completed builds. Note: To select the radio button, you may need to reload the page.

If you’ve previously denied CircleCI permission to send you web notifications then you’ll need to turn those permissions on in your browser, as CircleCI can’t request permission in this case. Use your browser settings to control notifications. In Google Chrome you can do this by clicking the lock icon in the URL bar and selecting Notifications from the Permissions Settings as shown in the following animation:

While the process is similar for other browsers, please refer to their individual documentation for handling web notifications.

Notifications with Orbs

You can use Orbs to integrate various kinds of notifications into your configuration; currently, CircleCI offers a Slack orb and an IRC orb, but several third-party orbs also exist. Consider searching the orb registry for notifications to see what is available.

Prerequisites

Before integrating an orb into your configuration, you will need to perform two steps: increment the version key in your config to 2.1 and enable pipelines under Project Settings > Advanced Settings in the CircleCI web application.

Using the Slack Orb

Using the CircleCI Slack Orb, you can integrate and customize Slack notifications directly from your configuration file. The following config is an example of notifying a Slack channel with a custom message:

version: 2.1
jobs:
  build:
    docker:
      - image: <docker image>
    steps:
      - slack/notify:
          color: '#42e2f4'
          mentions: 'USERID1,USERID2,'
          message: This is a custom message notification
          webhook: webhook
orbs:
  slack: circleci/slack@x.y.z
version: 2.1
workflows:
  your-workflow:
    jobs:
      - build

It is also possible to use the Slack Orb to provide other types of notifications, including notifying a slack channel of a pending approval or sending a status alert at the end of a job based on success or failure. To view such usage examples, consult the CircleCI Slack Orb page.

Using the IRC Orb

The IRC orb is similar to the Slack orb, but only has one main feature: sending custom IRC notifications from CircleCI. Consider this example configuration:

version: 2.1
jobs:
  build:
    docker:
      - image: <docker image>
    steps:
      - irc/notify:
          server: 'IRC-server-to-connect-to' # default: IRC_SERVER environment varible.
          port: '6667' # default: 6667 if left blank.
          channel: 'the irc server to post in' # required parmater
          nick: 'Your IRC nick name' # default: `circleci-bot`
          message: webhook # default: "Your CircleCI Job has completed."
orbs:
  slack: circleci/irc@x.y.z
version: 2.1
workflows:
  your-workflow:
    jobs:
      - build