Sending messages to Pushover from PHP

One of the things that I regularly bake into my own applications is notifications of when things go really bad and need my immediate attention. For this, I use the excellent and simple Pushover service which allows me to send a push notification to my mobile device. In this post, I run through how to set up your application in Pushover and then send a notification via PHP.

Setup Pushover

I am assuming that you have already created your Pushover account. You get a 30-day trial and after that, it is just $5 as a one-off purchase.

From your dashboard scroll down until you see the Your Application section. You can create applications for each of your projects or third-party integrations. As you can see here I have two (AWS GuardDuty and Papertrail) which are services that I use and the rest are my own projects.

Click the “Create an Application/API Token” link which will allow you to create a new application. The form is very straightforward with only the Name and T&Cs tickbox mandatory. I usually set an icon as this gives a visual identification when the notification appears on my device.

Once you have entered your details and clicked the Create Application button you will be taken to a page with your API token for this application. Grab this and your user key from the dashboard as you will need both in the next step.

Sending a Notification via PHP

Sending a push notification is simplicity itself. The small snippet of code below is all you need. just remember to change the token, user and message fields!

curl_setopt_array($ch = curl_init(), array(
    CURLOPT_URL => "",
    "token" => "<your application token>",
    "user" => "<your user key>",
    "message" => "<your message>",

And this is what the output looks like on my watch. All very quick and painless offering instant updates for me on what important things are happening on my applications.

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