One-Way Notifications to Your iPhone
Thu Oct 29th 2009, 1:54pm
The Prowl app costs $2.99 and provides a web services API for one-way, push notifications to your iPhone. There are services like Google Voice Growl and Prey Fetcher that can notify you--for free, using Apple's push notification service--when interesting things happen to your Google Voice or Twitter accounts, respectively.

My interest has been in replacing changing my Nagios notifications from SMS messages to something free--all it takes is a major problem to start racking up a number of SMS charges. And unlike SMSes, you can tell Prowl to stop bugging you, if it gets that bad.

If you have Prowl, the following curl command will send a free notification to your iPhone:

curl -d apikey=YOUR_PROWL_API_KEY -d application=curl-test -d event='testing from curl' -d description='this is a test from curl' https://prowl.weks.net/publicapi/add

It's that easy. Worked on the first try. Still left to consider is it I trust this as much as I trust AT&T's email-to-SMS gateway service, which has never been an issue for me.

It can also tie into Growl, and given the name I imagine this was its first intended use, so things happening on your Mac, like bittorrent downloads completing and adium messages, could also notify your phone.



Visitor comments
On Wed Nov 4th 2009, 11:26am, Bill N posted:
Nice! I've got a similar scenario (home-brew monitoring app) that I'm going to add this to. I haven't read the api doc yet, but it looks like they cap you at 1000 per hour (remaining="999" resetdate="1257365466" in response)....so way more than you'd ever (hopefully) need.


On Wed Nov 4th 2009, 11:29am, Bill N posted:
Nice! I've got a similar scenario (home-brew monitoring app) that I'm going to add this to. I haven't read the api doc yet, but it looks like they cap you at 1000 per hour (remaining="999" resetdate="1257365466" in response)....so way more than you'd ever (hopefully) need.


On Fri May 14th 2010, 9:03am, Oscar posted:
This is pretty cool man. I've been meaning to play around with growl and notifications for all kinds of things now if only the app store had an app for me to buy more time...

Also, I'm sure you could engineer some way for this to work through prowl and growl, and have some fail back to fall back into email-to-sms or something. Maybe using the nagios time thresholds or something.
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