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Alerta unified command-line tool and SDK

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Alerta Command-Line Tool

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Unified command-line tool, terminal GUI and python SDK for the Alerta monitoring system.

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Related projects can be found on the Alerta Org Repo at


To install the Alerta CLI tool run::

$ pip install alerta


Options can be set in a configuration file, as environment variables or on the command line. Profiles can be used to easily switch between different configuration settings.

Option Config File Environment Variable Optional Argument Default
file n/a ALERTA_CONF_FILE n/a ~/.alerta.conf
profile profile ALERTA_DEFAULT_PROFILE --profile PROFILE None
endpoint endpoint ALERTA_ENDPOINT --endpoint-url URL http://localhost:8080
key key ALERTA_API_KEY n/a None
timezone timezone n/a n/a Europe/London
SSL verify sslverify REQUESTS_CA_BUNDLE n/a verify SSL certificates
SSL client cert sslcert n/a n/a None
SSL client key sslkey n/a n/a None
timeout timeout n/a n/a 5s TCP connection timeout
output output n/a --output-format OUTPUT simple
color color CLICOLOR --color, --no-color color on
debug debug DEBUG --debug no debug


Configuration file ~/.alerta.conf::

timezone = Australia/Sydney
# output = psql
profile = production

[profile production]
endpoint =
key = demo-key

[profile development]
endpoint = https://localhost:8443
sslverify = off
timeout = 10.0
debug = yes

Environment Variables

Set environment variables to use production configuration settings by default::

$ export ALERTA_CONF_FILE=~/.alerta.conf
$ export ALERTA_DEFAULT_PROFILE=production

$ alerta query

And to switch to development configuration settings when required use the --profile option::

$ alerta --profile development query


$ alerta
Usage: alerta [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

  Alerta client unified command-line tool.

  --config-file <FILE>      Configuration file.
  --profile <PROFILE>       Configuration profile.
  --endpoint-url <URL>      API endpoint URL.
  --output-format <FORMAT>  Output format. eg. simple, grid, psql, presto, rst
  --color / --no-color      Color-coded output based on severity.
  --debug                   Debug mode.
  --help                    Show this message and exit.

  ack         Acknowledge alerts
  blackout    Suppress alerts
  blackouts   List alert suppressions
  close       Close alerts
  customer    Add customer lookup
  customers   List customer lookups
  delete      Delete alerts
  heartbeat   Send a heartbeat
  heartbeats  List heartbeats
  help        Show this help
  history     Show alert history
  key         Create API key
  keys        List API keys
  login       Login with user credentials
  logout      Clear login credentials
  perm        Add role-permission lookup
  perms       List role-permission lookups
  query       Search for alerts
  raw         Show alert raw data
  revoke      Revoke API key
  send        Send an alert
  status      Display status and metrics
  tag         Tag alerts
  token       Display current auth token
  unack       Un-acknowledge alerts
  untag       Untag alerts
  update      Update alert attributes
  uptime      Display server uptime
  user        Update user
  users       List users
  version     Display version info
  whoami      Display current logged in user

Python SDK

The alerta client python package can also be used as a Python SDK.


>>> from alertaclient.api import Client

>>> client = Client(key='NGLxwf3f4-8LlYN4qLjVEagUPsysn0kb9fAkAs1l')
>>> client.send_alert(environment='Production', service=['Web', 'Application'], resource='web01', event='HttpServerError', value='501', text='Web server unavailable.')
Alert(id='42254ef8-7258-4300-aaec-a9ad7d3a84ff', environment='Production', resource='web01', event='HttpServerError', severity='normal', status='closed', customer=None)

>>> [ for a in[('resource','~we.*01'), ('environment!', 'Development')])]

>>> client.heartbeat().serialize()['status']


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