Sending notifications to Notification Center from Terminal

For the last few years I’ve been using Growl and Growl Notifier on the command-line to get asnc notifications when long running builds and tests have finished. Now that OSX Mountain Lion has it’s built-in Notification Center, the next inevitable question is how to get this same functionality in Notification Center.

The answer is a utility called terminal-notifier which can be downloaded from github. Just unzip the binary and drag it to your Applications folder and you’ll have access to the terminal-notifier command in terminal.

Here’s an example of how I use this for running tests in the background. When the tests finish you’ll get a notification which you can click on if you want the results.

mvn test; terminal-notifier -message "Your tests are done. \
  $(num_failures) failures." \ 
  -open http://localhost:8080/my/test/results/index.hml
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