Using Python & Slack for quick and free personal push notifications

Matt Harvey
Aug 8, 2016 · 1 min read

If you’re like me, you often find yourself wanting to send a notification that some running task has completed, or that some process needs attention.

The way I’ve done this for years is to send myself an e-mail. But because I’m a terrible sys admin I find it a pain to get e-mail to reliably send from Python+Ubuntu+some SMTP server. I will never admit how long I’ve spent fighting this battle…

Enter: Slack teams, Python and push notifications.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Set yourself up with a personal Slack team by registering a team of one at

Step 2: Get your Slack token here:

Step 3: Install the official Slack Python package:

pip install slackclient

Step 4: Write a little function to send yourself a message:

from slackclient import SlackClientdef slack_message(message, channel):
token = '[YOUR TOKEN]'
sc = SlackClient(token)
sc.api_call('chat.postMessage', channel=channel,
text=message, username='My Sweet Bot',

That’s it that’s all! Free, quick and easy native push notifications for your next personal project.

Matt Harvey

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Founder of Coastline Automation, using AI to make every car crash-proof.

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