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Notification Plugin

Notification Plugin


Notifications are actions that are performed when a Job starts or finishes.

Currently, there are five conditions that can trigger notifications:

  • onstart - the Job started
  • onsuccess - the Job completed without error
  • onfailure - the Job failed or was aborted
  • onavgduration - The Execution exceed the average duration of the Job
  • onretryablefailure - the Job failed but will be retried

Rundeck has two built-in notification types that can be configured for Jobs:

  1. Send an email to a list of addresses
  2. POST XML to a list of URLs

This chapter discusses how to create your own notification plugins.

Plugin execution

When a notification is defined for a Job, and the associated trigger occurs, your plugin will be executed and passed in two sets of Map data:

  1. Configuration data - the user-supplied configuration for the plugin
  2. Execution data - information about the Job and Execution for the notification

Configuration data

The Configuration data is fully custom depending on your plugin, and is described in the Plugin configuration properties section.

Notifications thread feature

Notifications can be run on their own thread by setting the following properties in the file:

rundeck.feature.notificationsOwnThread.enabled: ('true','false') When set to 'true' it will trigger the notifications on a separate thread. rundeck.notification.threadTimeOut: (numeric, in milliseconds, defaults to 120000ms) When you set the notifications to be triggered on a separate thread, you can also set a time out for the notification thread so that it must be sent before a certain time.

Property References

The specific data values of the Configuration section are allowed to have embedded Property References as described in the Jobs - Context Variables section.

For example, when a user configures your plugin, they could embed an option value using: ${option.myoption}. This value will be replaced with the runtime option value before being passed to your plugin.

When defining Configuration properties that use custom Validation, keep in mind that the value set by a user may have such an embedded property reference and therefore may not pass the validation rules you have defined. If you want to allow these property references for a Configuration property, it must be a String type property, and any custom validation code should allow the embedded property references, for example by looking for a ${ sequence and allowing the value.

Execution data

The execution data is included as a Map called execution containing the following keys and values:

Note: The context variables that will be available for users to use on inputs on the GUI will depend on the specific notification plugin. ID of the execution

execution.href: URL to the execution output view

execution.status: Execution state ('running','failed','aborted','succeeded')

execution.user: User who started the job

execution.dateStarted: Start time (java.util.Date)

execution.dateStartedUnixtime: Start time as milliseconds since epoch (long)

execution.dateStartedW3c: Start time as a W3C formatted String

execution.description: Summary string for the execution

execution.argstring: Argument string for any job options

execution.project: Project name

execution.loglevel: Loglevel string ('ERROR','WARN','INFO','VERBOSE','DEBUG')

The following values may be available after the job is finished (not available for onstart trigger):

execution.failedNodeListString: Comma-separated list of any nodes that failed, if present

execution.failedNodeList: Java List of any node names that failed, if present

execution.succeededNodeListString: Comma-separated list of any nodes that succeeded, if present

execution.succeededNodeList: Java List of any node names that succeeded, if present

execution.nodestatus: Java Map containing summary counts of node success/failure/total, in the form: [succeeded: int, failed: int, total: int]

execution.dateEnded: End time (java.util.Date)

execution.dateEndedUnixtime: End time as milliseconds since epoch (long)

execution.dateEndedW3c: End time as W3C formatted string

execution.abortedby: User who aborted the execution

job information is in a job entry and contains another Map: Job ID

job.href: URL to Job view page Job name Job group

job.project: Project name

job.description: Job Description

job.averageDuration: Average job duration in Milliseconds, if available

execution.context - this is a map containing all of the context variables available to the execution when it ran or will run, such as Jobs - Context Variables. The contents of this Map are the specific context namespaces and variables.

execution.context.option: a Map containing all Job Option keys/values.

execution.context.secureOption: a Map containing only the Job Option keys/values whose value is set from secure storage.

job: a Map containing the Job context data, as provided to executions. This map will contain some duplicate information as the execution.job map previously described.

In Groovy, you can simply reference any values in the Execution data maps using Groovy Gpathopen in new window, e.g.:

println execution.context.option.myoption

Plugin configuration properties

Each plugin can define a set of "configuration" properties which allow users to specify input that the plugin can use when it operates.

Notification plugins support scoped properties, allowing some of the configuration to be defined, or defaulted, on a per-project or per-Rundeck instance basis.

Plugin types

Rundeck supports two types of Notification plugins:

  1. Java-based development deployed as a Jar file.
  2. Groovy-based deployed as a single .groovy script.

Currently "script-based" plugins (shell scripts, that is) are not supported.

Example code

See the source directory examples/example-groovy-notification-plugins for examples of Notification plugins written in Groovy.

See the source directory examples/example-java-notification-plugin for Java examples.

Java Plugin Type

Java-based plugins can be developed just as any other Rundeck plugin, as described in the chapter Plugin Development - Java Plugin Development.

These plugin classes should implement the interface NotificationPlugin:

public interface NotificationPlugin {
     * Post a notification for the given trigger, dataset, and configuration
     * @param trigger event type causing notification
     * @param executionData execution data
     * @param config notification configuration
    public boolean postNotification(String trigger,Map executionData,Map config);

To define configuration properties for your plugin, you use the same mechanisms as for Workflow Steps, described under the chapter Plugin Development - Plugin Descriptions.

The simplest way to do this is to use Plugin Annotations. Here is an example class annotated to describe it to the Rundeck GUI:

@Plugin(service="Notification", name="example")
@PluginDescription(title="Example Plugin", description="An example Plugin for Rundeck Notifications.")
public class ExampleNotificationPlugin implements NotificationPlugin{

    @PluginProperty(name = "test" ,title = "Test String", description = "a description")
    private String test;

    public boolean postNotification(String trigger, Map executionData, Map config) {
        System.err.printf("Trigger %s fired for %s, configuration: %s\n",trigger,executionData,config);
        System.err.printf("Local field test is: %s\n",test);
        return true;

Groovy Plugin Type

Notification supports the Groovy Plugin Type.

To define metadata about your plugin, and configuration properties, see the Plugin Development - Groovy Plugin Development chapter.

To create a Groovy based plugin, create a file named MyNotificationPlugin.groovy in the plugins directory for Rundeck.

To make the plugin available, as well as after any plugin code modifications, you must restart Rundeck.

Groovy Plugin Development

Groovy DSL

Within the Groovy script, you define your plugin by calling the rundeckPlugin method, and pass it both the Class of the type of plugin, and a Closure used to build the plugin object.

import  com.dtolabs.rundeck.plugins.notification.NotificationPlugin
    //plugin definition goes here...

In this case, we use the same NotificationPlugin interface used for Java plugins.

Notification handlers

For a NotificationPlugin, you can define custom handlers for each of the notification triggers (onsuccess, onfailure, onstart, onavgduration, and onretryablefailure).

Simply define a closure with the given trigger name, and return a true value if your action was successful:

onstart{ Map execution, Map configuration ->
    //perform an action using the execution and configuration
    println "Job ${} has been started by ${execution.user}..."
    return true
onsuccess{ Map execution, Map configuration ->
    //perform an action using the execution and configuration
    println "Success! Job ${} worked fine."
    return true
onfailure{ Map execution, Map configuration ->
    //perform an action using the execution and configuration
    println "Oh No! Job ${} didn't work out."
    return true
onavgduration{ Map execution, Map configuration ->
    //perform an action using the execution and configuration
    println "Job ${} exceeded Average Duration!"
    return true
onretryablefailure{ Map execution, Map configuration ->
    //perform an action using the execution and configuration
    println "Job ${} failed but will be retried."
    return true

If your closure returns a false value, then Rundeck will log an error in the server log.


Here is a minimal example:


import com.dtolabs.rundeck.plugins.notification.NotificationPlugin;

    onstart {
        println("job start: data ${execution}")

    onfailure {
        println("failure: data ${execution}")

    onsuccess {
        println("success: data ${execution}")
        println("exceeded average duration: data ${execution}")
        println("retryable failure: data ${execution}")

Here is a full example showing plugin GUI metadata, configuration properties, and alternate closure parameter lists:


import com.dtolabs.rundeck.plugins.notification.NotificationPlugin;

rundeckPlugin(NotificationPlugin) {
    title="Example Plugin"
    description="An example"


        test1 title:"Test1", description:"Simple string"

        //Validation can be added with a closure
        test2(title:'Test2',description:"Matches a regex"){

        //required select value, becomes a Select type
        test3 values: ["a","b","c"], required:true

        //if not required, becomes a FreeSelect
        test4 values: ["a","b","c"]

        //If type is not specified, the defaultValue will be used to guess
        test5 defaultValue: 3 //becomes Integer type
        test6 defaultValue:true //becomes Boolean type

        //these properties are assigned default values and automatically typed
        test11=["x","y","z"] //becomes a FreeSelect

        //redefining the same property will modify it
        test11 title:"My Select Field", description:"Free Select field", defaultValue:"y", required:true

        //the scope indicates the property will not show up in the GUI when configuring the Notification, but must be defined in the or at runtime
        test11 required:true, scope: 'Project'


    onstart { Map executionData,Map config ->
        println("script, start: data ${executionData}, config: ${config}")

    onfailure { Map executionData ->
        //Single argument, the configuration properties are available automatically
        println("script, failure: data ${executionData}, test1: ${test1}, test2: ${test2} test3: ${test3}")

    onsuccess {
        //with no args, there is a "configuration" and an "execution" variable in the context
        println("script, success: data ${execution}, test1: ${configuration.test1}, test2: ${configuration.test2} test3: ${configuration.test3}")

    onavgduration { Map executionData,Map config ->
        println("script, exceeded average duration: data ${executionData}, config: ${config}")

    onretryablefailure { Map executionData,Map config ->
        println("script, retryable failure: data ${executionData}, config: ${config}")