Send Test Alert

Last modified on March 27, 2024

Send a test alert to an arbitrary recipient (not necessarily an existing AlertSite recipient) from the specified AlertSite location.

To test an existing alert recipient, call GET /recipients/{id} to get the recipient details, then send a test alert using the recipient’s method_id, recipient, username and password.


  • Test alerts can be sent from public AlertSite locations only. The API does not support testing alerts from private locations.

  • This operation uses the default alert templates for the specified alerting method. Keep this in mind when testing recipients that require custom templates, such as Slack and VictorOps recipients for JSON alerts.

Request URL



The request must include the Authorization header containing a user’s access token:

Authorization: Bearer ACCESS_TOKEN

See Authentication for more information.

Request body

The request body is a JSON object containing the following fields. The minimum required fields are method_id and recipient.

Field Type Description
location_id Integer Optional. The ID of a public AlertSite monitoring location to send the alert from. See here for a list of location IDs. If omitted, the alert will be sent from your account’s primary location configured in the account settings.
method_id Integer

Required. Alert delivery method:

  • 1 – E-mail (text format)

  • 2 – Alphanumeric (text) pager

  • 3 – Numeric pager (pause after dial method)

  • 4 – E-mail to wireless device (cell phone, pager, Blackberry, etc.)

  • 5 – Numeric pager (wait for quiet method)

  • 6 – SMS message

  • 8 – SNMP trap (snmpv1)

  • 9 – SNMP trap (snmpv2c)

  • 10 – POST request to web server

  • 11 – Telephone message (voip)

  • 12 – E-mail (HTML format)

  • 14 – PagerDuty

  • 15 – Splunk

  • 16 – POST JSON request to web server (also known as “JSON alerts”)

  • 17 – ServiceNow

When testing existing recipients, use the method_id value returned by GET /recipients or GET /recipients/{id}.

Refer to Alert Delivery Methods for specifics of using various delivery methods.

recipient String Required. The alert destination, such as an email address, phone number, URL or similar. When testing existing recipients, use the recipient value returned by GET /recipients or GET /recipients/{id}. To send a test alert to an arbitrary contact, see here for the expected value format for various alert delivery methods.
username and password String Required for ServiceNow and Splunk alerts, optionally used for JSON alerts. The username and password for authenticating with the recipient. When testing existing recipients, use the username and password values returned by GET /recipients or GET /recipients/{id}.


Send a test alert to an email address from the account’s primary location:

  "method_id": 12,
  "recipient": "[email protected]"

Send a JSON alert from Atlanta (location ID 20) to the specified URL that is protected with Basic authentication:

  "location_id": 20,
  "method_id": 16,
  "recipient": "",
  "username": "alertsite-integration",
  "password": "p@55w0rd"

Response body

On success, the operation returns HTTP status 200 OK.

Error responses have an HTTP status code in the 4xx series.

Try it out

Click here to test this operation in AlertSite’s interactive API console.

Code examples

This code sends a test alert to an email address from the account’s primary location.

cURL (Windows)

curl -X POST
  -H "Authorization: Bearer YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN"
  -H "Content-Type: application/json"
  -d "{\"method_id\": 12, \"recipient\": \"[email protected]\"}"

Note: New lines are added for readability.
The actual command should be one continuous line.

cURL (bash)

curl -X POST \
  -H "Authorization: Bearer YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN" \
  -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
  -d '{"method_id": 12, "recipient": "[email protected]"}'


# Python 3.5+
import requests  # Requests library
import json

baseUrl = ''
username = '[email protected]'  # Replace with your AlertSite login email
password = 'pa55w0rd'          # Replace with your AlertSite password

# Parameters of a test alert
test_alert = {
    'method_id': 12,
    'recipient': '[email protected]'

# Log in
payload = {'username': username, 'password': password}
r = + '/access-tokens', data=json.dumps(payload), headers={'Content-Type': 'application/json'})
token = r.json()['access_token']

# Send a test alert
headers = {
    'Content-Type': 'application/json',
    'Authorization': 'Bearer ' + token
r = + '/test-notifiers', data=json.dumps(test_alert), headers=headers)

if r.status_code ==
    print('A test alert has been sent to', test_alert['recipient'])
    print('Could not send a test alert. The following errors occurred:', *r.json()['errors'], sep='\n')

See Also

AlertSite Management API
AlertSite Management API Reference

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