Customizing Notifications (in TeamCity 5.1)

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This section describes the features only available since TeamCity 5.1. For TeamCity 5.0.x notifications, please refer to Notifier Templates Configuration.

This page has draft state and is subject to change.

TeamCity provides a wide range of notification possibilities to keep developers informed about the status of their projects. Notifications can be sent by e-mail, Jabber/XMPP instant messages or can be displayed in the IDE (with the help of TeamCity plugins) or the Windows system tray (using TeamCity Windows tray notifier). Each user can select the events to receive notifications for on My Settings And Tools page. The notification messages can be customized globally on per-server basis.

Notifications can also be received via Atom/RSS syndication feeds, but since feed use "pull" model for receiving notifications instead of "push", some of the approaches are different for the feeds.

Notifications Lifecycle

TeamCity supports a set of events that can generate user notifications (such as build failure, build type responsibility changed, etc). On event occurrence, for each notificator type, TeamCity processes notification settings for all the users to define users that the notification should be sent to.

When the set of users is determined, TeamCity fills the notification model (the objects relevant to the notification as "build", responsibility data, etc.) and evaluates a notification template that corresponds to the notification event.
The template uses the data model objects to generate output values (e.g. notification message text). The output values are then used by the notificator to send the message. Each notificator supports a specific set of the output values.

Please note that the template is evaluated once for an event which means that notification properties cannot be adjusted on per-user basis.

The output values defined by the template are then used by the notificator to send notification to the selected users.

Customizing Notifications Templates

Notification Templates Location
Each of the bundled notificators has a directory under <TeamCity data directory>/config/_notifications/ which stores FreeMarker (.ftl) templates. There are also .dist files that store default templates. Each notification type evaluates a template file with corresponding name. The template files can be modified while the server is running. By default server checks for changes in the files each 60 seconds, but this can be changed by setting teamcity.notification.template.update.interval internal property to the desired number of seconds.

If there an error occurs during template evaluation, TeamCity logs the error details into teamcity-notifications.log. There can be non-critical errors that result in ignoring part of the template or critical errors that result in inability to send notification at all. Whenever you make changes to the notification templates please ensure the notification can still be sent.


This document doesn't describe the FreeMarker template language, so if you need a guidance on the FreeMarker syntax, please refer to the corresponding template manual at http://freemarker.org/docs/dgui.html.

TeamCity notificators use templates to evaluate output values (global template variables) which are then retrieved by name. The following output values are supported:

Email Notificator

  • subject - subject of the email message to send
  • body - plain text of the email message to send
  • bodyHtml - (optional) HTML text of the email message to send. It will be included together with plain text part of the message
  • headers - (optional) Raw list of additional headers to include into email. One header per line. For example:

Jabber

  • message - plain text of the message to send

IDE Notifications and Windows Tray Notifications

  • message - plain text of the message to send
  • link - URL of the TeamCity page that contains detailed information about the event

The Atom/RSS feeds template differs from the others. For the details, please refer to the dedicated section.

For the template evaluation TeamCity provides the default data model that can be used inside the template. The objects exposed in the model are instances of the corresponding classes from TeamCity server-side open API.
The set of available objects model differs for different events.
You can also add your own objects into the model. See Extending Notification Templates Model for details.

Here is an an example description of model (the code can be used in IntelliJ IDEA to edit the template with completion):

TeamCity notification properties

The following properties can be useful to customize the notifications behaviour:
teamcity.notification.template.update.interval - how often the templates are reread by system (integer, in seconds, default 60)
teamcity.notification.includeDebugInfo - include debug information into the message in case of error (boolean, default false)
teamcity.notification.maxChangesNum - max number of changes to list in e-mail message (integer, default 10)
teamcity.notification.maxCompilationDataSize - max size (in bytes) of compilation error data to include in e-mail message (integer, default 20480)
teamcity.notification.maxFailedTestNum - max number of failed tests to list in e-mail message (integer, default 50)
teamcity.notification.maxFailedTestStacktraces - max number of test stacktraces in e-mail message (integer, default 5)
teamcity.notification.maxFailedTestDataSize - max size (in bytes) of failed test output data to include in a single e-mail message (integer, default 10240)

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