Using the Dashboard
An application in the Push Dashboard represents a mobile application from the perspective of the application author, including all supported platforms. Applications are listed in the dropdown at the top of the sidebar.
Click Create New Application in left sidebar. Fill in the form and click Save to create the application, or optionally click Add Platform to add a platform for the application.
The default API URL value of the push backend is
However, because the operator can set up multiple routes for network traffic separation,
the API URL displayed in the dashboard might be the incorrect endpoint to use,
depending on which network the request originates from.
The correct value used to communicate with the push backend is the route that allows the device to reach the push backend.
cf routes push-api to show all routes for the push backend.
Click the Configuration link in the sidebar menu to bring up the information about the application. Click the pencil icon under the Actions column to edit the application. Edit the fields and click Save to update the application. The UUID is immutable.
Click Regenerate API Key to generate a new API key. After generating a new key, you can longer send pushes using the previous API key.
Click Regenerate Shared Secret. A new shared secret will be generated for use when registering with a custom user id. See Registering with a Custom User ID for more information.
To delete an application, click the Configuration link in the sidebar menu to bring up information about the application. Click the delete icon under the Actions column to delete the application.
NOTE: This icon will be disabled if the application has one or more platforms.
A platform configures platform specific attributes to send push messages. For example, this would include a certificate necessary to send messages to Apple’s APNS, or a token necessary to send messages to Google’s GCN. A platform has many devices.
On the Configuration page, click Add New Platform. Fill in the form and click Save to create the platform.
On the Configuration page, click the pencil icon link next to the platform you want to edit. Edit the fields and click Save to update the platform. The Type field cannot be changed once set.
On the Configuration page, click the trash icon link next to the platform you want to delete.
NOTE: You cannot delete a platform that has devices. In order to remove devices you must unregister from the device.
If your iOS APNS certificate expires, the dashboard displays a warning next to the platform type icon.
A device is given a unique identifier which represents a user opting in to receive push notifications. This identifier is not necessarily unique to a device since it might change if the user reinstalls the mobile application, or unsubscribes and resubscribes.
Click Devices in the sidebar menu. Click Test Push next to the device. Fill out the push form. See Sending a push message for details on the form fields.
Click Push Notifications in the sidebar menu, and click Create Push Notification.
On the Create Push Message page, fill in the form and click Send Push Notification.
- Push Message: The alert body for the message
- Target Platform: Send the push to all devices belonging to a specific platform: iOS, Android, etc.
- Topics(s): Send the push to all devices subscribed to one or more topics
- Send: Schedule the push to be sent immediately or at a later time. Defaults to “Immediately”
- Expire: Prevent delivery of the message after a specified time, if delivery is delayed for some reason, for example no connectivity on user device. Defaults to “Never”
- Interactive Push Category
- iOS Only: Set the category for a push. This is required for interactive pushes
- ONLY SEND TO INTERACTIVE PUSH DEVICES: Filter targeted devices for only devices that support interactive push
- Target Location: Pick a location to setup a geofence
- Trigger Type: If a location is selected, trigger type determines when a geofence is activated
A Note About Targeting
Target Platform targets all devices of the selected platform. Adding topics to the
Topic(s) field will refine the target list down, adding only those devices subscribed to one of the listed topics.
A Note About Sending Push With Invalid Certificate
iOS Only: Sending a push to a device using an invalid .p12 certificate set up in the device’s corresponding platform results in the device getting removed from the platform.
A topic allows push notifications to be sent to all devices that have explicitly subscribed to it as opposed to all users that have the application installed. This allows an application to send targeted push notifications to a subset of devices. Devices can subscribe to topics via the registrations api. Available topics are listed in the targeting section of the Create Notification form.
Locations allow you to send push notifications to a subset of users who are within or enter the radius of a specified area.
Click Locations on the left sidebar, then click Add Location.
Fill in the Name of the location. You can input a Latitude and Longitude pair, or click the map. Select a radius that suits the location. Once all the details are set, click Create.
Select the Location Group tab, then click Add Location Group.
Fill in the Name and Description of the Location Group. In the Target Location field, select a location from the drop-down or click on one of the markers on the map. Once all the details are set, click Create.
Fill in the details of the Push Notification, such as Message, Platform, and Schedule. From the Target Location drop-down, select either a Location or a Location Group.
Trigger Type field appears on the addition of Location or Location Group. Select either Enter or Exit, depending on how you want the Geofence to activate. Once you have set all the details, click Send Push Notification.
The Logs page displays any logged events that occur while the Logs page is open. Clicking Download Logs copies the logs displayed into a text file onto your local machine.
By default, the push dashboard app uses the default SSL socket port
443 for streaming logs.
If the foundation does not use port
443 for SSL sockets,
set the environment variable
CFMS_METRICS_LOGS_PORT to the custom port in push dashboard app.