Send WhatsApp alert during a network fault

Send WhatsApp alert during a network fault

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A good network engineer must react quickly during a fault. On the market, there are several solutions to monitor the network malfunctions: HP Openview, Solarwinds, PRTG and other solutions (open source or not).

Generally, when an alert/warning is detected an event is triggered: email, SMS or text to a monitor. But why don’t you send these messages via whatsapp? It’s free and can reach everyone, everywhere!

What you need:

  • PHP with openssl extension enabled
  • WART
  • WhatsAPI-Official
  • SIM

In this tutorial, I use XAMPP Portable version 1.8.3 (http://sourceforge.net/projects/xampp/) on a Windows7 64bit machine.

Note: The WhatsAPI-Official requires openssl extension enabled in the PHP settings; whitout this library the script cannot work!

Let’s start!

1. Retrieve your Whatsapp password

Download the “WART“, decompress it and execute the .exe file.

Ciscozine-wart-whatsapp

In the “Phone number” field insert your number; the number must contain the country code without the ’00’ or the ‘+’. For instance, for an italian number insert something like this “39xxxxxxxxxx’.

Click “Request Code“; you will receive a registration code in the format “yyy-yyy”. If for some reasons you will request the code again, you will receive a call with the registration code.

Insert the number received in the “Code” field without the ‘-‘ and click “Confirm Code”. A dialog box appears showing you the Whatsapp Password; save it!

Note: You can retrieve the password through the “registerTool.php” (script included in WhatsAPI-Official). The result is the same!

Remember: When you retrieve the new password for your SIM, the client on your smartphone will be disconnected!

2. Install WhatsAPI

Download the WhatsAPI-Official PHP class and decompress the archive (in my case into “E:\Portable\xampp\htdocs\WhatsAPI\”).

2a. Send a WhatsApp message to a list of numbers

Save this code into “send-message.php” (in my case saved in “E:\Portable\xampp\htdocs\WhatsAPI\examples\ folder”).

Change the variables:

  • $whatsapi_class_path
  • $username
  • $password
  • $nickname
  • $target

Now it is possible to send the message using one of these methods:

  1. Via Browser, calling the web page:

    http://localhost/WhatsAPI/examples/send-message.php?msg=YOUR_MESSAGE
  2. Via CLI, using the command:

    php e:\Portable\xampp\htdocs\WhatsAPI\examples\send-message.php "YOUR_MESSAGE"

If all it’s fine, the numbers in the $target varialbe will receive a message!

2b. Send a whatsapp message to a group

Save this code into “send-to-group.php” (in my case in “E:\Portable\xampp\htdocs\WhatsAPI\examples\” folder).

Change the variables:

  • $whatsapi_class_path
  • $username
  • $password
  • $nickname
  • $target
  • $group_name or, if you have an existing group, $group_id

Now it is possible send a message to the group using one of these methods:

  1. Via Browser, calling the web page

    http://localhost/WhatsAPI/examples/send-to-group.php?msg=YOUR_MESSAGE
  2. Via CLI, using the command:

    php e:\Portable\xampp\htdocs\WhatsAPI\examples\send-to-group.php "YOUR_MESSAGE"

If all it’s ok, the group will receive a message!

Other useful functions

To make someone admin of the group (you must be the owner of the group):

To demote an user, make an admin a normal user again:

To lock the group so anyone can’t change the profile picture or the status of the group:

To unlock the group:

To remove a group:

To add new users to a group:

To view all group_id, define the $debug to true and use the function:

I hope everything is clear! If yes, you can integrate your network monitoring tools with these scripts to send alerts during a network fault!

Note: This article is only a starting point, but with this API you can create several useful scripts! For instance, you can make a PHP BOT that can interact with the users, but for that check the “Simple CLI client.php” file!

If you want more info about WhatsAPI, see the official documentation https://github.com/…/WhatsAPI-Documentation.

Send WhatsApp alert during a network fault

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