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A flexible notification distribution framework on Node.js

Kong, named after those ridiculous bouncy toys you get for your dog, was designed to make the process of notification distribution as flexible as possible. Many systems these days provide the ability to install Web Hooks to be notified of events as they occur.

Kong's primary design goal was to offer a service which allows almost anybody to deploy a web hook consumer in a matter of minutes, while allowing them to tailor it to work exactly as they require. To this end, it provides a powerful Handlebars based transform engine and easily customizable conditional engine - allowing you to choose which events are sent to any distribution services.

A Quick Example

Kong uses JSON to configure your service, you define rules in map files which determine the conditions under which notifications are sent. You then describe how you would like to generate the notification you'll be sending using Handlebars templates - couldn't be simpler.

  "source": "gitlab",
  "target": "pushover",
  "when": {
    "build_status": "failed"
  "map": {
    "user": "{{keys.pushover.user}}",
    "title": "{{source.project_name}}",
    "message": "Build Failed",
    "timestamp": "{{timestamp source.build_finished_at}}",
    "url": "{{source.gitlab_url}}/builds/{{source.build_id}}",
    "url_title": "View Build Log"

In this example, anything sent to the /push/gitlab endpoint will be forwarded to your PushOver distributor if the build_status property is "failed". We've then grabbed the application and user tokens from the keys.pushover store (which you should place in a secure location on your server to keep your tokens safe), while grabbing other details from the source notification. You'll also notice that we're using a Handlebar helper method called timestamp to convert the JSON Date string provided by source.build_finished_at into a UNIX timestamp (which is what PushOver expects).

Configuring Kong

Kong uses a couple of configuration files to setup everything. The first is KONG_CONFIG which by default is stored in kongconfig.json. If you'd like to store your configuration file somewhere else then simply set process.env.KONG_CONFIG = "/path/to/config.json".

When setting up Kong for the first time, just copy the kongconfig.example.json file and tweak it to suit your requirements.


Kong represents callable API methods which are intended to be consumed by Web Hook sources as Endpoints. These endpoints generally take the form of a POST method made accessible at /push/:source, where source is the name of the service pushing the notification.

If your service simply executes a HEAD/GET/POST/PUT request and expects a 200 Success response then you shouldn't need to define a custom endpoint for your service. Kong will automatically extract the parameters and present them to your map templates.

If however you need custom logic for handling your service's logging requirements (WebSockets for example) then you can define one in endpoints/providers. Here's a quick example of a custom endpoint handler which emits notifications an a :source determined by its filename. If you wish to emit on custom sources then simply use server.notify(source, notification) instead of the provided notify method.

module.exports = function(server, notify) {'/push/myservice', function(req, res, next) {
		return next();


Keep in mind that Kong is effectively a router for your notifications. With this in mind, you'll need to have a way to forward your notifications to services that can do something with them. Usually a distributor is nothing more than a method which can push the notification to a remote service by handling any API specific logic.

Depending on how the service works it can be either a good or bad idea to add API specific information to the notification before it is sent. Generally you should do some validation to ensure any required fields are present, however keep in mind that maps are intended to be where most of your configuration happens - so if you foresee a situation in which you may need to change a value, rather set it in your maps (or make it overridable) than in your distributor.

Here's a quick PushBullet distributor example which automatically uses the Application Token and User Token provided in KONG_KEYS unless alternatives are provided by the map. You'll notice that the function returns a Q promise object, this is used to allow Kong to easily manage distribution receipts for debugging and logging purposes.

var restify = require('restify'),
  _ = require('lodash'),
    Q = require('q');

var api = restify.createJsonClient({
  url: ''

module.exports = function(server, notification) {
  var defered = Q.defer();

  _.defaults(notification, {
    token: server.keys.pushover.token,
    user: server.keys.pushover.user
  });"/1/messages.json", notification, function(err, req, res, obj) {
    if(err) return defered.reject(err);

  return defered.promise;
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