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The goal of this project is providing the best and most easily used interface for Google's Cloud Messaging service (now called Firebase Cloud Messaging, FCM). We appreciate all the help we can get! If you want to help out, check out the Guidelines for Contributing section.

If you are developing an open-source project with a broader scope (like a full Firebase suite), we would love for you to use node-gcm internally.

See the official FCM documentation for more information.

We are currently working on version 1.0.0 of the project, and it is available in an early alpha version. Follow PR #238 to see current status.


$ npm install node-gcm --save


This library provides the server-side implementation of GCM. You need to generate an API Key.

GCM notifications can be sent to both Android and iOS. If you are new to GCM you should probably look into the documentation.

Example application

According to below Usage reference, we could create such application:

var gcm = require('node-gcm');
// Set up the sender with your GCM/FCM API key (declare this once for multiple messages) 
var sender = new gcm.Sender('YOUR_API_KEY_HERE');
// Prepare a message to be sent 
var message = new gcm.Message({
    data: { key1: 'msg1' }
// Specify which registration IDs to deliver the message to 
var regTokens = ['YOUR_REG_TOKEN_HERE'];
// Actually send the message 
sender.send(message, { registrationTokens: regTokens }, function (err, response) {
    if (err) console.error(err);
    else console.log(response);


var gcm = require('node-gcm');
// Create a message 
// ... with default values 
var message = new gcm.Message();
// ... or some given values 
var message = new gcm.Message({
    collapseKey: 'demo',
    priority: 'high',
    contentAvailable: true,
    delayWhileIdle: true,
    timeToLive: 3,
    restrictedPackageName: "somePackageName",
    dryRun: true,
    data: {
        key1: 'message1',
        key2: 'message2'
    notification: {
        title: "Hello, World",
        icon: "ic_launcher",
        body: "This is a notification that will be displayed if your app is in the background."
// Change the message data 
// ... as key-value 
// ... or as a data object (overwrites previous data object) 
    key1: 'message1',
    key2: 'message2'
// Set up the sender with you API key 
var sender = new gcm.Sender('insert Google Server API Key here');
// Add the registration tokens of the devices you want to send to 
var registrationTokens = [];
// Send the message 
// ... trying only once 
sender.sendNoRetry(message, { registrationTokens: registrationTokens }, function(err, response) {
  if(err) console.error(err);
  else    console.log(response);
// ... or retrying 
sender.send(message, { registrationTokens: registrationTokens }, function (err, response) {
  if(err) console.error(err);
  else    console.log(response);
// ... or retrying a specific number of times (10) 
sender.send(message, { registrationTokens: registrationTokens }, 10, function (err, response) {
  if(err) console.error(err);
  else    console.log(response);


You can send push notifications to various recipient types by providing one of the following recipient keys:

Key Type Description
to String A single registration token, notification key, or topic.
topic String A single publish/subscribe topic.
condition String Multiple topics using the condition parameter.
notificationKey String Deprecated. A key that groups multiple registration tokens linked to the same user.
registrationIds String[] Deprecated. Use registrationTokens instead.
registrationTokens String[] A list of registration tokens. Must contain at least 1 and at most 1000 registration tokens.

If you provide an incorrect recipient key or object type, an Error object will be returned to your callback.

Notice that you can at most send notifications to 1000 registration tokens at a time. This is due to a restriction on the side of the GCM API.

Notification usage

var message = new gcm.Message();
// Add notification payload as key value 
message.addNotification('title', 'Alert!!!');
message.addNotification('body', 'Abnormal data access');
message.addNotification('icon', 'ic_launcher');
// as object 
  title: 'Alert!!!',
  body: 'Abnormal data access',
  icon: 'ic_launcher'

Note: Notifications sent using message.addNotification are only displayed when your app is in the background. Consider sending the notification parameters using message.addData and manually building and displaying a notification in your push receiver logic.

Notification payload option table

Parameter Platform Usage Description
title Android, iOS (Watch) Required (Android), Optional (iOS), string Indicates notification title. This field is not visible on iOS phones and tablets.
body Android, iOS Optional, string Indicates notification body text.
icon Android Required, string Indicates notification icon. On Android: sets value to myicon for drawable resource myicon.png.
sound Android, iOS Optional, string Indicates sound to be played. Supports only default currently.
badge iOS Optional, string Indicates the badge on client app home icon.
tag Android Optional, string Indicates whether each notification message results in a new entry on the notification center on Android. If not set, each request creates a new notification. If set, and a notification with the same tag is already being shown, the new notification replaces the existing one in notification center.
color Android Optional, string Indicates color of the icon, expressed in #rrggbb format
click_action Android, iOS Optional, string The action associated with a user click on the notification. On Android, if this is set, an activity with a matching intent filter is launched when user clicks the notification. For example, if one of your Activities includes the intent filter: (Appendix:1)Set click_action to OPEN_ACTIVITY_1 to open it. If set, corresponds to category in APNS payload.
body_loc_key iOS Optional, string Indicates the key to the body string for localization. On iOS, this corresponds to "loc-key" in APNS payload.
body_loc_args iOS Optional, JSON array as string Indicates the string value to replace format specifiers in body string for localization. On iOS, this corresponds to "loc-args" in APNS payload.
title_loc_args iOS Optional, JSON array as string Indicates the string value to replace format specifiers in title string for localization. On iOS, this corresponds to "title-loc-args" in APNS payload.
title_loc_key iOS Optional, string Indicates the key to the title string for localization. On iOS, this corresponds to "title-loc-key" in APNS payload.

Notice notification payload defined in GCM Connection Server Reference

Custom GCM request options

You can provide custom request options such as proxy and timeout for the GCM request. For more information, refer to the complete list of request options. Note that the following options cannot be overriden: method, uri, body, as well as the following headers: Authorization, Content-Type, and Content-Length.

// Set custom request options 
var requestOptions = {
    proxy: '',
    timeout: 5000
// Set up the sender with your API key and request options 
var sender = new gcm.Sender('YOUR_API_KEY_HERE', requestOptions);
// Prepare a GCM message... 
// Send it to GCM endpoint with modified request options 
sender.send(message, { registrationTokens: regTokens }, function (err, response) {
    if(err) console.error(err);
    else     console.log(response);

GCM client compatibility

As of January 9th, 2016, there are a few known compatibility issues with 3rd-party GCM client libraries:


These issues are out of this project's context and can only be fixed by the respective 3rd-party project maintainers.


To enable debug mode (print requests and responses to and from GCM), set the DEBUG environment flag when running your app (assuming you use node app.js to run your app):

DEBUG=node-gcm node app.js


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