Sending CI notifications to Hipchat

You can send Hipchat notifications for various events in your CI workflow, including when builds start or finish.


Before you start, you will need to connect your Hipchat account with Shippable so we have the credentials to send notifications on your behalf. We do this through Integrations, so that any sensitive information is abstracted from your config file. Once you add an integration, you can use it for all your projects without needing to add it again.

There are 2 steps to add a Hipchat integration: Generating an API token for Hipchat, , and adding the token to your Shippable account.

1. Generate a Hipchat API token

  1. Sign in to your HipChat account using this link to generate a token.
    • Provide credentials to your HipChat account, if prompted.
  2. Create a token with Send Message and Send Notification scopes.

2. Add the Hipchat integration to your Account

  • Go to your Account Settings by clicking on the gear menu in the top navbar.
  • Click on Integrations in the sidebar menu.
  • Click on Add Integration.
  • Enter the following:
    • In the Master Integration dropdown, choose HipChat
    • Add a friendly name for your integration
    • In the Token field, paste the HipChat token
  • Click on Save. You should now see the integration in your list of integrations.

Basic config

Once you have completed the Setup steps, you are ready to configure your shippable.yml to send Hipchat notifications. The basic configuration looks like this:

    - integrationName: hipchat-integration   
      type: hipchat
        - "#channelOne"
        - "#channelTwo"
        - "@userOne"

Use the descriptions of each field below to modify the yml and tailor it to your requirements.

  • integrationName value is the name of the Hipchat integration you added to your settings. It is important the name matches exactly. If not, the build will fail with error as described here.
  • type is hipchat.
  • recipients is an array that specifies the channels or users you want to send the notification to. If there is just a single recipient, use the format recipients: "#channelOne"

And you're done. You will receive Hipchat notifications for all branches when builds fail, or change from failed to passed, or pull requests are built. To change some of these default configs, please see the Advanced config section below.

Advanced config

1. Limiting branches

By default, Hipchat notifications are sent for builds for all branches. If you want to only send notifications for specific branch(es), you can do so with the branches keyword.

    - integrationName: hipchat-integration     #replace with your integration name   
      type: hipchat  
        - "#channelOne"  
        - "#channelTwo"
          - master

branches allows you to choose the branches you want to send notifications for. The only tag should be used when you want to send notifications for builds of specific branches. You can also use the except tag to exclude specific branches. Wildcards are also supported.

2. Customizing notification triggers

By default, Hipchat notifications are sent for the following events:

  • A build fails
  • Build status for a project changes from failed to passed
  • A Pull request is built

You can further customize these defaults with the following config:

    - integrationName: hipchat-integration     #replace with your integration name   
      type: hipchat  
        - "#channelOne"  
        - "#channelTwo"
      on_success: always | change | never
      on_failure: always | change | never
      on_cancel: always | change | never
      on_start: always | never
      on_pull_request: always | never

You can set the following options for the on_success, on_failure, on_cancel, on_start and on_pull_request tags:

  • always means that you will always receive a notification for that event.

  • never means that you will never receive a notification for that event.

  • change for on_success, on_failure or on_cancel fields means you will receive notifications only when the build status changes to success, failure or canceled respectively. This value isn't supported for on_start or on_pull_request.

If you do not specify any of these tags, the defaults are: on_success is set to change, on_failure is set to always, on_cancel is set to on_failure, on_start is set to never and on_pull_request is set to always.

Removing Hipchat notifications

To stop sending Hipchat notifications, simply remove the configuration from the shippable.yml for that project.

If you are not using your Hipchat notification anywhere else, you can delete it from your Integrations list as well.