Slacktivity Monitor provides a simple, self-hosted, solution for web monitoring. When a change has been detected on a website you're monitoring, slacktivity-bot will let you know through a message in Slack. Think of it as a very barebones, open source, version of services like Pingdom.
The best way to install Slacktivity Monitor is through npm:
npm install -g slacktivity-monitor
This will install Slacktivity Monitor to your global
brew install postgres
Once you have Postgres installed, navigate to the folder containing the
slacktivity_db file. This is the
slacktivity-monitor folder contained in your global
node-modules folder. If you don't know where your
node-modules folder is, you can use the
npm list -g command. On the Mac, this is usually
Once you're in that folder, run the following command:
createdb slacktivity && psql -d slacktivity -f slacktivity_db
This will create a new database that's configured properly for Slacktivity Monitor. You'll also need to setup a
.env file which contains the environment variables that tell Slacktivity Monitor how to connect to the database. Here's what mine looks like on a test installation:
You'll obviously need to change those values as necessary. It's also worth noting that the
.env file is hidden on the Mac. If you're not sure how to work with hidden files, this is a good primer.
.env file should be placed in the
node-modules/slacktivity-monitor/bin directory, alongside the
You can start Slacktivity Monitor with the command:
The command accepts one argument, a port number. If you specify a port number, it will run on that port. Otherwise, it will default to 3000.
I'd like to give a special shout-out to my awesome employer, The CompoZed Lab at Allstate. Slacktivity Monitor was originally a project for one of our Open Source days, and it wouldn't be a reality otherwise. ❤️