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Enhance Plugin (Example)

This is an example plugin that demonstrates how to add attributes to alerts as they are received by the Alerta API before being saved to the database.

Two alert attributes are added to all incoming alerts received by Alerta:

  • isOutOfHours - a boolean indicating whether the alert occured during or outside of business hours
  • runBookUrl - a dynamically generated link to a Run Book wiki based on the alert event name

This repo should be forked or copied and the python plugin modified to suit the specific Alerta environment.

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Clone the GitHub repo and run:

$ python setup.py install

Or, to install remotely from GitHub run:

$ pip install git+https://github.com/alerta/alerta-contrib.git#subdirectory=plugins/enhance

Note: If Alerta is installed in a python virtual environment then plugins need to be installed into the same environment for Alerta to dynamically discover them.


Add enhance to the list of enabled PLUGINS in alertad.conf server configuration file and set plugin-specific variables either in the server configuration file or as environment variables.

PLUGINS = ['enhance']

If the "run book" attribute is used the RUNBOOK_URL should be changed to a valid URL.


PLUGINS = ['enhance', 'reject']
RUNBOOK_URL = 'http://www.example.com/wiki/RunBook'


Restart Alerta API and confirm that the plugin has been loaded and enabled.

Set DEBUG=True in the alertad.conf configuration file and look for log entries similar to below:

2016-11-20 19:46:15,492 - alerta.plugins[4297]: DEBUG - Server plug-in 'enhance' found. [in /var/lib/.virtualenvs/alerta/lib/python2.7/site-packages/alerta_server-4.8.11-py2.7.egg/alerta/plugins/__init__.py:50]
2016-11-20 19:46:15,493 - alerta.plugins[4297]: INFO - Server plug-in 'enhance' enabled. [in /var/lib/.virtualenvs/alerta/lib/python2.7/site-packages/alerta_server-4.8.11-py2.7.egg/alerta/plugins/__init__.py:57]



Copyright (c) 2016 Nick Satterly. Available under the MIT License.