Creating Notifications

You can create notifications via administration UI or programmatically in code.

Administration UI

After the add-on is added to your application, the main menu contains the Notifications item. The Notifications browser provides a list of created notifications and buttons for managing them.

ntf list

The notification editor appears after clicking the Create new notification button.

ntf editor

The dialog provides the following fields to fill in:

  • Subject – a subject of the notification.

  • Type – a type of notification. There are no default notification types. See the configuration section to create types.

  • Recipients – list of recipients of the notification. Start typing a username in the field, and select the appropriate users from the list.

  • Channels – a channel used for notification.

    • In-app channel – a user will receive the notification in the application UI.

    • Email channel – a user will receive an email with the notification. (available with Email add-on.)

  • Body – body of the notification.

Programmatic Creation

The NotificationManager service provides methods to send notifications to users.

In the example below, a notification is sent to the user every time a new order is created.

ntf programmatic
private boolean justCreated;

private TypedTextField<Integer> numberField;

protected NotificationManager notificationManager;

public void onInitEntity(InitEntityEvent<Order> event) {
    justCreated = true;

@Subscribe(target = Target.DATA_CONTEXT)
public void onPostSave(final DataContext.PostSaveEvent event) { (1)
    if (justCreated) { (2)
        notificationManager.createNotification() (3)
                .withSubject("New order")(4)
                .withRecipientUsernames("admin") (5)
                .toChannelsByNames("in-app") (6)
                .withContentType(ContentType.PLAIN) (7)
                .withBody("A new order with number " + numberField.getValue()+ " is created.") (8)
                .send(); (9)
1 This method is invoked after saving changes.
2 Checks if this entity is newly created.
3 Initiates NotificationRequestBuilder that creates a new NotificationRequest object.
4 Defines the subject of the notification.
5 Sets the recipient by the provided username.
6 Sets notification channels by provided names. The in-app and email are available.
7 Set notification body content type.
8 Sets notification body.
9 Creates and sends the notification request.