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Vimond's build of consul-alerts. Same as the official build, but with version tags.
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A highly available daemon to send notifications and reminders based on Consul health checks. Including profile selection based on service, check, or host that enables specific handlers and reminder intervals.


  1. Consul 0.4+. Get it here.
  2. Configured GOPATH.


Stable release are here.

Latest release are found here:


$ go get
$ go install

This should install consul-alerts to $GOPATH/bin

or pull the image from docker:

$ docker pull acaleph/consul-alerts


$ consul-alerts start

or using docker:

$ docker run acaleph/consul-alerts start

By default, this runs the daemon and API at localhost:9000 and connects to the local consul agent (localhost:8500) and default datacenter (dc1). These can be overriden by the following flags:

$ consul-alerts start --alert-addr=localhost:9000 --consul-addr=localhost:8500 --consul-dc=dc1 --consul-acl-token=""

Note: Don't change --alert-addr when using the docker container.

Once the daemon is running, it can act as a handler for consul watches. At the moment only checks and events are supported.

$ consul watch -type checks consul-alerts watch checks --alert-addr=localhost:9000
$ consul watch -type event consul-alerts watch event --alert-addr=localhost:9000

or run the watchers on the agent the daemon connects by adding the following flags during consul-alerts run:

$ consul-alerts start --watch-events --watch-checks


All configurations are stored in consul's KV with the prefix: consul-alerts/config/. The daemon is using default values and the KV entries will only override the defaults.

Health Checks

Health checking is enabled by default. This also triggers the notification when a check has changed status for a configured duration. Health checks can be disabled by setting the kvconsul-alerts/config/checks/enabled to false.

To prevent flapping, notifications are only sent when a check status has been stable for a specific time in seconds (60 by default). this value can be changed by adding/changing the kv consul-alerts/config/checks/change-threshold to an integer greater than and divisible by 10.

eg. consul-alerts/config/checks/change-threshold = 30

Enable Profiles Selection

Profiles may be configured as keys in consul-alerts/config/notif-profiles/. The key name is the name of the profile and the value should be a JSON object with an "Interval" key set to an int in minutes and a key "NotifList" that should be an object of profile names as keys and true for the value.

Profile selection is done by setting keys in consul-alerts/config/notif-selection/services/, consul-alerts/config/notif-selection/checks/, or consul-alerts/config/notif-selection/hosts/ with the appropriate service, check, or host name as the key and the selected profile name as the value.

Reminders are processed every five minutes. Interval values should be a multiple of five. If the Interval value is 0 or not set then reminders will not be set.

The default profile may be set as the fallback to any checks that do not match a selection. If there is no default profile set then the full list of enabled notifiers will be used and no reminders.

Enable/Disable Specific Health Checks

There are four ways to enable/disable health check notifications: mark them by node, serviceID, checkID, or mark individually by node/serviceID/checkID. This is done by adding a KV entry in consul-alerts/config/checks/blacklist/.... Removing the entry will re-enable the check notifications.

Disable all notification by node

Add a KV entry with the key consul-alerts/config/checks/blacklist/nodes/{{ nodeName }}. This will disable notifications for the specified nodeName.

Disable all notification by service

Add a KV entry with the key consul-alerts/config/checks/blacklist/services/{{ serviceId }}. This will disable notifications for the specified serviceId.

Disable all notification by healthCheck

Add a KV entry with the key consul-alerts/config/checks/blacklist/checks/{{ checkId }}. This will disable notifications for the specified checkId.

Disable a single health check

Add a KV entry with the key consul-alerts/config/checks/blacklist/single/{{ node }}/{{ serviceId }}/{{ checkId }}. This will disable the specific health check. If the health check is not associated with a service, use the _ as the serviceId.


Event handling is enabled by default. This delegates any consul event received by the agent to the list of handlers configured. To disable event handling, set consul-alerts/config/events/enabled to false.

Handlers can be configured by adding them to consul-alerts/config/events/handlers. This should be a JSON array of string. Each string should point to any executable. The event data should be read from stdin.


There are four builtin notifiers. Only the Log notifier is enabled by default. It is also possible to add custom notifiers similar to custom event handlers. Custom notifiers can be added as keys with command path string values in consul-alerts/config/notifiers/custom/. The keys will be used as notifier names in the profiles.


This logs any health check notification to a file. To disable this notifier, set consul-alerts/config/notifiers/log/enabled to false.

The log file is set to /tmp/consul-notifications.log by default. This can be changed by changing consul-alerts/config/notifiers/log/path.


This emails the health notifications. To enable this, set consul-alerts/config/notifiers/email/enabled to true.

The email and smtp details needs to be configured:

prefix: consul-alerts/config/notifiers/email/

key description
enabled Enable the email notifier. [Default: false]
cluster-name The name of the cluster. [Default: "Consul Alerts"]
url The SMTP server url
port The SMTP server port
username The SMTP username
password The SMTP password
sender-alias The sender alias. [Default: "Consul Alerts"]
sender-email The sender email
receivers The emails of the receivers. JSON array of string
template Path to custom email template. [Default: internal template]

The template can be any go html template. An EmailData instance will be passed to the template.


This sends the notifications as series points in influxdb. Set consul-alerts/config/notifiers/influxdb/enabled to true to enabled. InfluxDB details need to be set too.

prefix: consul-alerts/config/notifiers/influxdb/

key description
enabled Enable the influxdb notifier. [Default: false]
host The influxdb host. (eg. localhost:8086)
username The influxdb username
password The influxdb password
database The influxdb database name
series-name The series name for the points


Slack integration is also supported. To enable, set
consul-alerts/config/notifiers/slack/enabled to true. Slack details needs to
be configured.

prefix: consul-alerts/config/notifiers/slack/

key description
enabled Enable the Slack notifier. [Default: false]
cluster-name The name of the cluster. [Default: "Consul Alerts"]
url The incoming-webhook url (mandatory)
channel The channel to post the notification (mandatory)
username The username to appear on the post
icon-url URL of a custom image for the notification
icon-emoji Emoji (if not using icon-url) for the notification

In order to enable slack integration, you have to create a new
Incoming WebHooks. Then use the
token created by the previous action.


To enable PagerDuty built-in notifier, set consul-alerts/config/notifiers/pagerduty/enabled to true. This is disabled by default. Service key and client details also needs to be configured.

prefix: consul-alerts/config/notifiers/pagerduty/

key description
enabled Enable the PagerDuty notifier. [Default: false]
service-key Service key to access PagerDuty
client-name The monitoring client name
client-url The monitoring client url


To enable HipChat builtin notifier, set
consul-alerts/config/notifiers/hipchat/enabled to true. Hipchat details
needs to be configured.

prefix: consul-alerts/config/notifiers/hipchat/

key description
enabled Enable the Hipchat notifier. [Default: false]
from The name to send notifications as
cluster-name The name of the cluster. [Default: "Consul Alerts"]
base-url HipChat base url
room-id The room to post to (mandatory)
auth-token Authentication token (mandatory)


To enable OpsGenie builtin notifier, set
consul-alerts/config/notifiers/opsgenie/enabled to true. OpsGenie details
needs to be configured.

prefix: consul-alerts/config/notifiers/opsgenie/

key description
enabled Enable the OpsGenie notifier. [Default: false]
cluster-name The name of the cluster. [Default: "Consul Alerts"]
api-key API Key (mandatory)

Amazon Web Services Simple Notification Service ("SNS")

To enable AWS SNS builtin notifier, set
consul-alerts/config/notifiers/awssns/enabled to true. AWS SNS details
needs to be configured.

prefix: consul-alerts/config/notifiers/awssns/

key description
enabled Enable the AWS SNS notifier. [Default: false]
region AWS Region (mandatory)
topic-arn Topic ARN to publish to. (mandatory)

Health Check via API

Health status can also be queried via the API. This can be used for compatibility with nagios, sensu, or other monitoring tools. To get the status of a specific check, use the following entrypoint.


This will return the output of the check and the following HTTP codes:

Status Code
passing 200
warning 503
critical 503
unknown 404


PRs are more than welcome. Just fork, create a feature branch, and open a PR. We love PRs. :)


Needs better doc and some cleanup too. :)

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