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HipChat Connect Addon


Fill out a CapabilitiesDescriptor struct and then call New(). Set an install and an uninstall callback if you like. Run the server and you're golden!

See examples/ for a complete addon.

import ""

func main() {
    a := addon.NewWithStateFile(
            Name:        "My Awesome AddOn",
            Description: "Adds on my awesome.",
            // ...
        addon.InstalledCallback(func(a *addon.HipChatAddon, installation *addon.Installation) {
            if err := a.SendNotification(installation, &addon.Notification{Message: "Installed!"}); err != nil {


If you want more control over the routes you can provide the mux and server

mux := http.NewServeMux()

for _, route := range a.Routes() {
    mux.HandleFunc(route.Path, route.Handler)

http.ListenAndServe("", mux)


Options are passed to the New*() constructors as HipchatAddonOption functions. The functional options produce the right functions. See

Option Function Default
Logger(logger AddonLogger) Standard library adapter (See logger.go)
HttpClient(client HttpDoer) net/http (See core.go)
InstallCallback(fn func(i *addon.Installation) error) none (always success)
InstalledCallback(fn func(i *addon.Installation)) none
UninstalledCallback(fn func(i *addon.Installation)) none


Storage backends are pluggable. An in-memory store is available for easy testing and a file backed store that is good enough for most addons. The file store uses encoding/gob for serialization.

// Memory
a := addon.New(descriptor, addon.NewMemoryInstallationStore())

// File
a := addon.NewWithStateFile(descriptor, "/var/tmp/state.db")


By default HipchatAddon will use the standard library logger. But personally I like logrus and did development using it. So, without any extra work, you can pass any logger that implements the AddonLogger interface.

import ""

a := addon.New(descriptor, store, addon.Logger(logrus.StandardLogger()))


The http client can be set when initializing the addon. This makes it easy to mock the responses even if you aren't using net/http, as long as the client can handle the HttpDoer interface.

a := addon.New(descriptor, store, addon.HttpClient(fauxhttp))

As for this library, I recognize there are as yet no tests.


I use ngrok to test directly with Atlassian during development. In one window I start up the ngrok proxy to listen locally on port 3000.

ngrok http 3000

It will show you a URL to use to access whatever service is running locally on the port you specify (in this case 3000).

In another window I run my extension on port 3000 with the ngrok URL.

./echo-addon -port 3000 -url

I can test it by hitting the capabilities URL locally and over ngrok.

curl -i http://localhost:3000/capabilities.json

curl -i

To install the addon with HipChat click the "Configure Integrations" link in the lower right corner of the HipChat application. Login and it will take you to the HipChat Integrations page for the room you were in. Scroll to the very bottom and click the link "Install an integration from a descriptor URL". Enter your capabilities URL and follow the wizard prompts. Remember to have your service running on the same ngrok URL when you remove it from HipChat!

Todos and Known Issues

  • Safe Installation Access. Right now it is actually unsafe to access Installation that have been looked up from the InstallationStore. I haven't decided whether to return a copy or enforce locking semantics. Advice appreciated.
  • Test all the units
  • Implement Admin Page Handler
  • Implement Actions
  • Implement Dialogs
  • Implement External Pages
  • Implement WebPanel
  • Implement Card-style Notifications
  • Go 1.7 http context for parsed jwt
  • Research and correct room-specific UpdateGlanceData()
  • Add Glance example / docs
  • Implement uninstallCallback to stop uninstallations


Thanks to the Go authors and the awesome package maintainers that made this easier.


HipChat Connect addon library for go







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