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AlertingContact pointsMessage templating

Message templating

Notifications sent via contact points are built using messaging templates. Grafana’s default templates are based on the Go templating system where some fields are evaluated as text, while others are evaluated as HTML (which can affect escaping). The default template, defined in default_template.go, is a useful reference for custom templates.

Since most of the contact point fields can be templated, you can create reusable custom templates and use them in multiple contact points. The template data topic lists variables that are available for templating. The default template is defined in default_template.go which can serve as a useful reference or starting point for custom templates.

Using templates

The following example shows how to use default templates to render an alert message in Slack. The message title contains a count of alerts that are firing or were resolved. The message body lists the alerts and their status.

Default template

The following example shows the use of a custom template within one of the contact point fields.

Default template

Nested templates

You can embed templates within other templates.

For example, you can define a template fragment using the define keyword:

{{ define "mytemplate" }}
  {{ len .Alerts.Firing }} firing. {{ len .Alerts.Resolved }} resolved.
{{ end }}

You can then embed custom templates within this fragment using the template keyword. For example:

Alert summary:
{{ template "mytemplate" . }}

You can use any of the following built-in template options to embed custom templates.

Name Notes
default.title Displays high-level status information.
default.message Provides a formatted summary of firing and resolved alerts.
teams.default.message Similar to default.messsage, formatted for Microsoft Teams.

HTML in message templates

HTML in alerting message templates is escaped. We do not support rendering of HTML in the resulting notification.

Some notifiers support alternative methods of changing the look and feel of the resulting notification. For example, Grafana installs the base template for alerting emails to <grafana-install-dir>/public/emails/ng_alert_notification.html. You can edit this file to change the appearance of all alerting emails.