Ultimate Notifier Script

Sending Push Notifications to an iPhone from a Bash Script
Project started on December 31, 2012.
Last updated on February 11, 2013.

The service Ultimate Notifier allows you to send Push-Notification to your iPhone easily. Based on this, you can write shell scripts that are executed regularly via cron. This could inform you about a changed public IP. To do this, save this script somewhere:



ip=`curl -s $service`
touch $ipfile
lastip=`cat $ipfile`
if [ "$ip" != "$lastip" ]; then
    echo "New public IP. Sending notification!"
    curl -s "https://www.ultimatenotifier.com/items/User/send/${user}/message=${message}%20${ip}/password=${pass}"
cp /dev/null $ipfile
echo $ip > $ipfile

It gets the current public IP via ifconfig.me and compares it to the IP stored in a file named .currentip. If they differ, a Push-Notification will be sent and the new IP stored.

With the command

crontab -e

You can add a cronfile entry. To execute the script every 30 minutes, use this:

*/30 * * * * /Users/anon/bin/ipnotify.sh

You can find the code on GitHub, too!

Of course, you can extend this principle. This script is called every 5 minutes on my server to notify me about eventual problems.


# Checks for Health of Server and sends notifications to iPhone in case of error
# Checks for:
# - HDD Temperature
# - HDD Space
# - CPU Usage
# Sends a notification via UltimateNotifier
# Depends on bash, wget, hddtemp, grep, awk, sed, ps, sort and head.

# ------------------------------
# ------------------------------

# Your UltimateNotifier Password

# Check for free space
hddMountPoint="bay" # greps for this in mounted hdds
maxPercentFull=75 # minimum percentage to send notification

# Check for CPU Usage of processes
maxCpuUsage=750 # Is in tenths of a percent (420 => 42%)

# Checks hdd temperature
# Depends on hddtemp tool

# ------------------------------
# ------------------------------

# Set $message to your Message and then call this...
function sendNotification {
    wget "https://www.ultimatenotifier.com/items/User/send/${UNUsername}/message=${message}/password=${UNPassword}" -O /dev/null -q
    echo "$message"

# ------------------------------
# ------------------------------

# Check for hdd temperature
hddTemp=`/usr/sbin/hddtemp ${hddDevice} | awk '{print $4}' | awk -F '°' '{print $1}'`
if [ $hddTemp -gt $maxHddTemp ]; then
    message="Marvin's HDD has reached ${hddTemp}°C!"

# Check for free space on hdd
spaceUsed=`df -h | grep ${hddMountPoint} | awk '{print $5}' | sed 's/%//'`
if [ $spaceUsed -gt $maxPercentFull ]; then
    message="Marvin's HDD is ${spaceUsed}% full!"

# Check for most cpu intensive process, report if usage too high
processName=`ps -e -o cp,args | sed -e 's/^[ \\t]*//' | awk -F " " '{print $1, $2}' | sed -e '1d' | sort -rn | head -1 | awk '{print $2}'`
processUsage=`ps -e -o cp,args | sed -e 's/^[ \\t]*//' | awk -F " " '{print $1, $2}' | sed -e '1d' | sort -rn | head -1 | awk '{print $1}'`
if [ $processUsage -gt $maxCpuUsage ]; then
    processUsage=`echo "${processUsage} / 10.0" | bc -q`
    message="${processName} needs ${processUsage}% CPU!"