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Chanify is a safe and simple notification tools. For developers, system administrators, and everyone can push notifications with API.

Table of Contents

  1. Features
  2. Getting Started
  3. Installation
  4. Usage
  6. Configuration
  7. Security
  8. Chrome Extension
  9. Windows Client
  10. Docker Compose
  11. Contributing
  12. License


Chanify is include these features:

  • Customize channel for notifications.
  • Deploy your own node server.
  • Distributed architecture design.
  • Design for privacy protection.
  • Support text/image/audio/file message format.

Getting Started

  1. Install iOS App(1.0.0 version and above) or macOS App(1.3.0 version and above).
  2. Get send token, more detail.
  3. Send message.


Precompiled binary

Download precompiled binary from here.


$ docker pull wizjin/chanify:latest

From source

$ git clone
$ cd chanify
$ make install


As Sender Client

Use chanify to send message.

# Text message
$ chanify send --endpoint=http://<address>:<port> --token=<token> --text=<message>

# URL message
$ chanify send --endpoint=http://<address>:<port> --token=<token> --link=<web url>

# Image message
$ chanify send --endpoint=http://<address>:<port> --token=<token> --image=<image file path>

# Audio message
$ chanify send --endpoint=http://<address>:<port> --token=<token> --audio=<audio file path>

# File message
$ chanify send --endpoint=http://<address>:<port> --token=<token> --file=<file path> --text=<file description>

# Action  message
$ chanify send --endpoint=http://<address>:<port> --token=<token> --text=<message> --title=<title> --action="<action name>|<action url>"

# Timeline message
$ chanify send --endpoint=http://<address>:<port> --token=<token> --timeline.code=<code> <item1>=<value1> <item2>=<value2> ...

endpoint default value is, and notification will send by default server. If you have own node server, please set endpoint to your node server url.

As Serverless node

Chanify run in stateless mode, no device token will be stored in node.

All device token will be stored in

Message will send to apple apns server by

Send message workflow:

Start => node server => => Apple server => iOS client
# Start chanify
$ chanify serve --host=<ip address> --port=<port> --secret=<secret key> --name=<node name> --endpoint=http://<address>:<port>

# Docker
$ docker run -it wizjin/chanify:latest serve --secret=<secret key> --name=<node name> --endpoint=http://<address>:<port>

As Serverful node

Chanify run in stateful mode, device token will be stored in node.

Message will send to apple apns server direct.

Send message workflow:

Start => node server => Apple server => iOS client

Start server

# Start chanify
$ chanify serve --host=<ip address> --port=<port> --name=<node name> --datapath=~/.chanify --endpoint=http://<address>:<port>

# Docker
$ docker run -it -v /my/data:/root/.chanify wizjin/chanify:latest serve --name=<node name> --endpoint=http://<address>:<port>

Use MySQL as a backend

--dburl=mysql://<user>:<password>@tcp(<ip address>:<port>)/<database name>?charset=utf8mb4&parseTime=true&loc=Local

Chanify will not create database.

Add New Node

  • Start node server
  • iOS client can scan QRCode(http://<address>:<port>/) to add node.

Send message

Command Line

# Text message
$ curl --form-string "text=hello" "http://<address>:<port>/v1/sender/<token>"

# Text file
$ cat message.txt | curl -H "Content-Type: text/plain" --data-binary @- "http://<address>:<port>/v1/sender/<token>"

Python 3

from urllib import request, parse

data = parse.urlencode({ 'text': 'hello' }).encode()
req = request.Request("http://<address>:<port>/v1/sender/<token>", data=data)


require 'net/http'

uri = URI('http://<address>:<port>/v1/sender/<token>')
res = Net::HTTP.post_form(uri, 'text' => 'hello')
puts res.body


const https = require('https')
const querystring = require('querystring');

const data = querystring.stringify({ text: 'hello' })
const options = {
    hostname: '<address>:<port>',
    port: 80,
    path: '/v1/sender/<token>',
    method: 'POST',
    headers: {
        'Content-Type': 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded',
        'Content-Length': data.length
    var req = https.request(options, (res) => {
    res.on('data', (d) => {


$curl = curl_init();

curl_setopt_array($curl, [
    CURLOPT_URL           => 'http://<address>:<port>/v1/sender/<token>',
    CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS    => [ 'text' => 'hello' ],

$response = curl_exec($curl);

echo $response;


Send Text

  • GET
  • POST


  • text/plain: Body is text message
  • multipart/form-data: The block of data("text") is text message
  • application/x-www-form-urlencoded: text=<url encoded text message>
  • application/json; charset=utf-8: The fields are optional
    "token": "<token>",
    "title": "<message title>",
    "text": "<text message content>",
    "copy": "<copy text for text message>",
    "autocopy": 1,
    "sound": 1,
    "priority": 10,
    "interruptionlevel": 0,
    "actions": [
        "ActionName1|http://<action host>/<action1>",
        "ActionName2|http://<action host>/<action2>",
    "timeline": {
        "code": "<timeline code>",
        "timestamp": 1620000000000,
        "items": {
            "key1": "value1",
            "key2": "value2",

Additional params

Key Default Description
title None The title for notification message.
copy None The copy text for text notification.
autocopy 0 Enable autocopy text for text notification.
sound 0 1 enable sound, otherwise disable sound.
priority 10 10 normal, 5 lower level.
interruption-level active Interruption level for timing of a notification.
actions None Actions list.
timeline None Timeline object.


  • active: Lights up screen and may play a sound.
  • passive: Does not light up screen or play sound.
  • time-sensitive: Lights up screen and may play a sound; May be presented during Do Not Disturb.

timestamp in milliseconds (timezone - UTC)



Send Link

$ curl --form "[email protected]<web url>" "http://<address>:<port>/v1/sender/<token>"
    "link": "<web url>",
    "sound": 1,
    "priority": 10,

Send Image

Send image only support POST method used serverful node.

  • Content-Type: image/png OR image/jpeg
cat <jpeg image path> | curl -H "Content-Type: image/jpeg" --data-binary @- "http://<address>:<port>/v1/sender/<token>"
  • Content-Type: multipart/form-data
$ curl --form "[email protected]<jpeg image path>" "http://<address>:<port>/v1/sender/<token>"

Send Audio

Send mp3 audio only support POST method used serverful node.

  • Content-Type: audio/mpeg
cat <mp3 audio path> | curl -H "Content-Type: audio/mpeg" --data-binary @- "http://<address>:<port>/v1/sender/<token>"
  • Content-Type: multipart/form-data
$ curl --form "[email protected]<mp3 audio path>" "http://<address>:<port>/v1/sender/<token>"

Send File

Send file only support POST method used serverful node.

  • Content-Type: multipart/form-data
$ curl --form "[email protected]<file path>" "http://<address>:<port>/v1/sender/<token>"

Send Actions

Send Actions (Up to 4 actions).

  • Content-Type: multipart/form-data
$ curl --form "action=ActionName1|http://<action host>/<action1>" "http://<address>:<port>/v1/sender/<token>"


Chanify can be configured with a yml format file, and the default path is ~/.chanify.yml.

    host:   # Listen ip address
    port: 8080      # Listen port
    endpoint: http://my.server/path # Endpoint URL
    name: Node name # Name for node server
    secret: <secret code> # key for serverless node server
    datapath: <data path> # data storage path for serverful node server
    dburl: mysql://root:[email protected]( # database dsn for serverful node server
        - readtimeout: 10s  # 10 seconds for http read timeout
        - writetimeout: 10s # 10 seconds for http write timeout
        enable: false # Disable user register
        whitelist: # whitelist for user register
            - <user id 1>
            - <user id 2>

client: # configuration for sender client
    sound: 1    # enable sound
    endpoint: <default node server endpoint>
    token: <default token>
    interruption-level: <interruption level>


Setting Registrable

Node server can be disabled user registration and become a private server.

chanify serve --registerable=false --whitelist=<user1 id>,<user2 id>
  • --registerable=false: used to disable user registration
  • whitelist: list users can be add into node server

Token Lifetime

  • Token lifetime is about 90 days (default).
  • Can configurable token lifetime (1 day ~ 5 years) in channel detail page.

If your token is leaked, add leaked token into the blocklist (iOS client settings).

Note: Please protect your token from leakage. The blockist need trusted node server (1.1.9 version and above).

Chrome Extension

Download the extension from Chrome web store.

Extension features:

  • Send select text/image/audio/url message to Chanify
  • Send page url to Chanify

Windows Client

Get the Windows Client from here.

Windows Client features:

  • Support Chanify to the Windows Send To Menu.
  • Support send message with CLI.

Docker Compose

  1. Install docker compose.
  2. Edit configuration file (docker-compose.yml).
  3. Start docker compose: docker-compose up -d


version: "3"
        image: nginx:alpine
        restart: always
            - <workdir>/nginx.conf:/etc/nginx/nginx.conf
            - <workdir>/ssl:/ssl
            - 80:80
            - 443:443
        image: wizjin/chanify:dev
        restart: always
            - <workdir>/data:/data
            - <workdir>/chanify.yml:/root/.chanify.yml
Key Description
workdir Work directory for node server.


user  nginx;
worker_processes  auto;

error_log  /var/log/nginx/error.log warn;
pid        /var/run/;

events {
	worker_connections  1024;

http {
	include       /etc/nginx/mime.types;
	default_type  application/octet-stream;
	log_format  main  '$remote_addr - $remote_user [$time_local] "$request" '
    '$status $body_bytes_sent "$http_referer" '
    '"$http_user_agent" "$http_x_forwarded_for"';

	access_log  /var/log/nginx/access.log  main;

	server_tokens   off;
	autoindex       off;
	sendfile        on;
	tcp_nopush      on;
	tcp_nodelay     on;

	keepalive_timeout  10;

    server {
		listen				80;
		server_name         <hostname or ip>;
		access_log          off;
		return 301 https://$host$request_uri;

	server {
		listen              443 ssl http2;
		server_name         <hostname or ip>;
		ssl_certificate     /ssl/<ssl key>.crt;
		ssl_certificate_key /ssl/<ssl key>.key;
		ssl_protocols       TLSv1.2 TLSv1.3;
		ssl_ciphers         HIGH:!aNULL:!MD5;
		keepalive_timeout   30;
		charset             UTF-8;
		access_log          off;

		location / {
			proxy_set_header   Host               $host;
			proxy_set_header   X-Real-IP          $remote_addr;
			proxy_set_header   X-Forwarded-Proto  $scheme;
			proxy_set_header   X-Forwarded-For    $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
			proxy_pass http://chanify:8080/;
Key Description
hostname or ip Internet hostname or ip for node server.
ssl key SSL key file for node server.


    endpoint: https://<hostname or ip>
    port: 80
    name: <node name>
    datapath: /data
        enable: false
        whitelist: # whitelist    
            - <user id>
Key Description
hostname or ip Internet hostname or ip for node server.
node name Name for node server.
user id User ids for whitelist.


Contributions are what make the open source community such an amazing place to be learn, inspire, and create. Any contributions you make are greatly appreciated.

  1. Fork the Project
  2. Change to dev Branch (git checkout dev)
  3. Create your Feature Branch (git checkout -b feature/AmazingFeature)
  4. Commit your Changes (git commit -m 'Add some AmazingFeature')
  5. Push to the Branch (git push origin feature/AmazingFeature)
  6. Open a Pull Request (merge to chanify:dev branch)


Distributed under the MIT License. See LICENSE for more information.

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