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mmtools - i3 status bar and notification script for Mattermost

mmtools are various tools using the mattermost API.


sudo pip3 install mmtools

This will install mmtols from pypi, including the following required packages:

  • caep
  • pydantic
  • mattermostdriver
  • passpy
  • notify2
  • dbus-python
  • requests

For dbus-python to build, you need to have the libdbus-1-dev package installed. On debian you can do

sudo apt install libdbus-1-dev


The following tools are included:


mmstatus connects to the mattermost API to get unread messages in all channels. It then outputs a statusbar (usable in i3blocks) of unread messages and exits. Supports private/public/user channels and different coloring on group chats and user chats.

Example configuration for i3blocks:



mmwatch connects to the mattermost websocket API and can display notification on messages and send SIGUSR2 to i3blocks to update statusbar before next interval.


All tools can be configured using both command line arguments and a configuration file.

Use the following command to create the configuration ~/.config/mmtools/config. The same configuration file is used for both tools.

mmconfig user

In this file you must specify at least:

# Mattermost server
server = <SERVER>

# Mattermost user
user = <USERNAME>

# either password

# OR pass entry (
password-pass-entry = <PASS ENTRY>

User service for mmwatch

mmwatch can be started as a systemd user service by creating the following file:


with this content:

Description=mm watch



# time to sleep before restarting a service


Enable at login

systemctl --user enable mmwatch

Start manually

systemctl --user start mmwatch

Local development

For local development, execute:

pip3 install -e .

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