Installing jarjar

Just use pip.

We’re on pypi.

pip install jarjar

Config File

You can use jarjar without a config file, but you’ll need to tell it your slack webhook and channel each time.

You don’t want to live that way.

Jarjar looks to a special config file for a default webhook, channel, and message values. You can over-ride anything in the config file any time but its nice not to have your webhook in each script, amirite??

The file looks like:

message='Custom message'

Jarjar looks for values in descending order of priority:

  1. Any argument provided to jarjar().text() or jarjar().attach() at runtime.
  2. Any argument provided to jarjar() at initialization.
  3. Defaults within a file at a user-specified path (config='...'), provided to jarjar() at initialization.
  4. Defaults within a config file .jarjar, in the working directory.
  5. Defaults within .jarjar, located in the user’s home directory (~).

Configuring Slack

For this to work in the first place, you need to set up a slack webhook for your team.

While you’re doing that, you can also specify a custom name and custom icon. We named our webhook robot jar-jar, and we used this icon, so messages look like this:

A note about old vs new-style webhooks

These days slack suggests users configure webhooks through an app, but you can still set up an old-style webhook. Jarjar was written to use the old style-hooks, but both kinds will work - with one caveat.

Under the new webhook setup, individual webhooks send messages to a single channel, so Jarjar’s channel='@me' functionality will not work. Jarjar expects to use an old-style hook so it requires a channel to be specified even if you are using a new-style hook (sorry about that!).