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An alternative is webpush-go

Push Encryption (Go)

This library provides the functions necessary to encrypt a payload for sending with the Web Push protocol. It also includes a helper function for creating new HTTP requests to send the message to the Web Push endpoint.

What is this for?

The Push API allow users to subscribe for notifications from a web site, which can be delivered to them even if the browser has been closed. This was first shipped as part of Chrome 42, but the push message could not contain any payload data.

As of Chrome 50 and Firefox 44 (desktop-only) payloads are supported, but the server must encrypt the payload or the receiving browser will reject it.

This library implements the necessary encryption as a Go package.


Send a message:

import (

func main() {
  // The values that make up the Subscription struct come from the browser
  sub := &webpush.Subscription{endpoint, key, auth}
  webpush.Send(nil, sub, "Yay! Web Push!", "")

You can turn a JSON string representation of a PushSubscription object you collected from the browser into a Subscription struct with a helper function.

var exampleJSON = `{"endpoint": "...", "keys": {"p256dh": "...", "auth": "..."}}`

sub, err := SubscriptionFromJSON(exampleJSON)

If the push service requires an authentication header (notably Google Cloud Messaging, used by Chrome) then you can add that as a fourth parameter:

if strings.Contains(sub.Endpoint, "") {
  webpush.Send(nil, sub, "A message for Chrome", myGCMKey)


You can find docs here.


If you've found an error in this library, please file an issue:

Patches are encouraged, and may be submitted by forking this project and submitting a pull request through GitHub.


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