apprise - Man Page

Push Notifications that work with just about every platform!


apprise [options...] service-url...


Apprise allows you to send a notification to almost all of the most popular notification services available to us today such as: Discord, Telegram, Pushbullet, Slack, Twitter, etc.


The Apprise options are as follows:

-b,  --body=TEXT
: Specify the message body. If no body is specified then content is read from stdin.
-t,  --title=TEXT
: Specify the message title. This field is complete optional.
-c,  --config=CONFIG-URL
: Specify one or more configuration locations.
-a,  --attach=ATTACH-URL
: Specify one or more file attachment locations.
-P,  --plugin-path=PLUGIN-PATH
: Specify a path to scan for custom notification plugin support. You can create your own notification by simply creating a Python file that contains the @notify("schema") decorator.

You can optioanly chose to specify more then one --plugin-path (-P) to increase the modules included.

-n,  --notification-type=TYPE
: Specify the message type (default=info). Possible values are "info", "success", "failure", and "warning".
-i,  --input-format=FORMAT
: Specify the input message format (default=text). Possible values are "text", "html", and "markdown".
-T,  --theme=
THEME: Specify the default theme.
-g,  --tag=
TAG: Specify one or more tags to filter which services to notify. Use multiple --tag (-g) entries to OR the tags together and comma separated to AND them. If no tags are specified then all services are notified.
-Da,  --disable-async
: Send notifications synchronously (one after the other) instead of all at once.
-R,  --recursion-depth
: he number of recursive import entries that can be loaded from within Apprise configuration. By default this is set to 1. If this is set to zero, then import statements found in any configuration is ignored.
-e,  --interpret-escapes
Enable interpretation of backslash escapes. For example, this would convert sequences such as \n and \r to their respected ascii new-line and carriage
-j,  --interpret-emojis
Enable interpretation of emoji strings. For example, this would convert sequences such as :smile: or :grin: to their respected unicode emoji character.
-d,  --dry-run
: Perform a trial run but only prints the notification services to-be triggered to stdout. Notifications are never sent using this mode.

return characters prior to the delivery of the notification.

-l,  --details
Prints details about the current services supported by Apprise.
-v,  --verbose
: The more of these you specify, the more verbose the output is. e.g: -vvvv
-D,  --debug
: A debug mode; useful for troubleshooting.
-V,  --version
: Display the apprise version and exit.
-h,  --help
: Show this message and exit.

Exit Status

apprise exits with a status of:

Service Urls

There are to many service URL and combinations to list here. It´s best to visit the Apprise GitHub page and see what´s available.


Send a notification to as many servers as you want to specify as you can easily chain them together:

$ apprise -vv -t "my title" -b "my notification body" \
   "mailto://" \

If you don´t specify a --body (-b) then stdin is used allowing you to use the tool as part of your every day administration:

$ cat /proc/cpuinfo | apprise -vv -t "cpu info" \

Load in a configuration file which identifies all of your notification service URLs and notify them all:

$ apprise -vv -t "my title" -b "my notification body" \

Load in a configuration file from a remote server that identifies all of your notification service URLs and only notify the ones tagged as devops.

$ apprise -vv -t "my title" -b "my notification body" \
   --config=https://localhost/my/apprise/config \
   -t devops

Include an attachment:

$ apprise -vv -t "School Assignment" -b "See attached" \

Custom Plugin/Notifications

Apprise can additionally allow you to define your own custom schema:// entries that you can trigger on and call services you´ve defined.

By default apprise looks in the following local locations for custom plugin files and loads them:


Simply create your own python file with the following bare minimum content in it: from apprise.decorators import notify

# This example assumes you want your function to trigger on foobar://
# references:
@notify(on="foobar", name="My Custom Notification")
def my_wrapper(body, title, notify_type, *args, **kwargs):

     <define your custom code here>

        # Returning True/False is a way to relay your status back to Apprise.
        # Returning nothing (None by default) is always interpreted as a Success
     return True


A configuration file can be in the format of either TEXT or YAML where [TEXT][textconfig] is the easiest and most ideal solution for most users. However YAML configuration files grants the user a bit more leverage and access to some of the internal features of Apprise. Reguardless of which format you choose, both provide the users the ability to leverage tagging which adds a more rich and powerful notification environment.

Configuration files can be directly referenced via apprise when referencing the --config= (-c) CLI directive. You can identify as many as you like on the command line and all of them will be loaded. You can also point your configuration to a cloud location (by referencing http:// or https://. By default apprise looks in the following local locations for configuration files and loads them:




The configuration files specified above can also be identified with a .yml extension or even just entirely removing the .conf extension altogether.

If a default configuration file is referenced in any way by the apprise tool, you no longer need to provide it a Service URL. Usage of the apprise tool simplifies to:

$ apprise -vv -t "my title" -b "my notification body"

If you leveraged tagging, you can define all of Apprise Service URLs in your configuration that you want and only specifically notify a subset of them:

$ apprise -vv -t "Will Be Late" -b "Go ahead and make dinner without me" \


If you find any bugs, please make them known at:


March 2024 Chris Caron <>