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Trigger webhooks with events.

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This is a module that provides events for:

  • mattermost
  • dockerhub
  • AWS SES emails

Events can trigger webhooks on the previously mentioned web services.


Of course, events could do a lot more. If you have an idea, please just create an issue and describe it.

Additionally events can be configured with relams. Realms provide a context to an event and restrict the event action by caller origin.

Right now, there always needs to be a valid realm. In the future, this can be optimized so giving no realm will always execute the event action.

Example webhook

I use this module in the github_repo_watcher.

To be brief, the github_repo_watcher checks a github repository for new commits to master and for new tags.

Whenever a new commit or tag is found, 3 things happen:

  • The commit and tag are stored in a database.
  • A mattermost webhook is triggered (mattermost event).
    • Only for tags.
  • A dockercloud webhook is triggered (dockercloud event).
    • For both commits and tags.

You can see, the github_repo_watcher is configured with 2 events:

  • mattermost
  • dockerhub

Additionally, the application supports 2 realms to restrict an event's action:

  • GITHUB_COMMIT_REALM = "github_commits"
  • GITHUB_TAG_REALM = "github_tags"

Here, the realms feature is used to restrict the mattermost event to only trigger the webhook for new tags - like mentioned before.

Imagine a mattermost event configuration like this:

    mattermost_trigger = MattermostWebHook(


At this point, I leave out the configuration of other events. Just imagine, the github_repo_watcher is configured with a ton of events.

Now, imagine a new tag was found.

Obviously, the function which loops over all the events is called with the realm GITHUB_TAG_REALM (new github tag was found).

So, every event (mattermost, "a ton of events", ...) is essentially triggered like this:

    event.trigger(data="Found new tag for repo <some_github_repo>.", realm=GITHUB_TAG_REALM)

Since the mattermost event is configured to be triggered in the GITHUB_TAG_REALM only, it will trigger the mattermost webhook.

And it won't be triggered if the configuration should look like this (using GITHUB_COMMIT_REALM):

    mattermost_trigger = MattermostWebHook(

Example email hook

This is used in the github_repo_watcher as well.

To get a basic understanding of the github_repo_watcher (used as an example) please refer to the point Example webhook.

There is only one email hook supported and tested right now:

  • AwsSesEmailHook

It's possible that this hook is also working for other email servers, but I cannot say for sure, because I did not test it.

The email hook can be configured like this:

    aws_ses_email_trigger = AwsSesEmailHook(


The email connection and message need to be configured using environment variables.

The following configuration options exist;

  • Email connection:
environment variable description default value
HOST AWS SES server name.. ""
PORT AWS SES port. 587
AWS_SES_CREDENTIALS AWS SES credentials (expected format: user:password). ""
  • Email message:
environment variable description default value
SENDER From email address ( ""
SENDER_NAME From real name (someone). ""
RECIPIENTS Comma separated recipients' email addresses (, ""
CONFIGURATION_SET [OPTIONAL] The name of configuration set to use for this message. None
SUBJECT Email subject. ""
BODY_TEXT Email body. ""


  • So far emails are sent in plain text only.
  • TLS is used by default.
  • If no email subject is configured using the environment variable SUBJECT, the name of the AwsSesEmailHook will be used as the email's subject by default. Of course this can be changed later on:
    # Set the email's subject. = "Something else."

AWS Lambda

Please refer to the file mail/

With AWS Lambda functions some of the environment variables are expected to be encrypted:


Email body

Like mentioned earlier (See Example webhook), every event is essentially triggered like this:

    event.trigger(data="Found new tag for repo <some_github_repo>.", realm=GITHUB_TAG_REALM)

This is also true for the AwsSesEmailHook.


  • The data argument is used as the email's body text.

Note - The hook accepts str and dict as body text:

  • event.trigger(data="Some string") (str)
  • event.trigger(data={"error": "Weird error.", "cause": "Human factor."}) (dict)
    • In this case, the JSON is indented.

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