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Wechat client?

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:05 am
by DaHai8
Anyone know of a WeChat client that runs under Raspbian?

I'm trying to build a motion detector for my home that will send a WeChat message to me if it senses motion.

Email is too slow and SMS messages over free services are not available where I live. And I don't want to use a monitoring service due to privacy concerns.


Re: Wechat client?

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:57 pm
by Parkview
LOL - I just started looking for something like this this evening too. I want to be able to send text and images to my Wechat account.

I have found this: but I won't have time to test it out for a few weeks.

Re: Wechat client?

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:23 pm
by AiGreek
Why not Pushbullet ? There's an open api, some libs and everything you need to send notifications

Re: Wechat client?

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:57 pm
by Parkview
Thanks AiGeek. I had never heard of before. The python module: looks quite easy to use.

Re: Wechat client?

Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:18 am
by DaHai8
Yeah, I think I was too specific on my needs.
I want to send an instant message/notification to my Android phone from my Pi on movement detection.
I specified WeChat because it is the most popular, allowed, messaging service where I live.
So basically any service that is not blocked in China (like Twitter, Facebook, etc) might work.

I'll check out pushbullet and that python script. Any other ideas as well??


Re: Wechat client?

Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:57 am
by DaHai8
This is crazy stupid simple with PushBullet!!!

Thanks for pointing that service out!!!!

Re: Wechat client?

Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:04 am
by AiGreek
You're welcome ;)

Re: Wechat client?

Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:03 pm
by Parkview
LOL - yes, I had it installed and running in no time using this python module:

This is Sooooo easy!

1) Log into the pushbullet website using your gmail or facebook account.
2) Have a quick 5 min. look around the website
3) Generate an API key
4) Download mobile phone App and login to your new account
5) Download python module: pip install
6) using info from the above module website, create a simple test script:

from pushbullet import Pushbullet

pb = Pushbullet(‘enter-pushbullet-api-key-here’)
print(pb.devices) # lists out my registered devices
push = pb.push_note("This is the title", "This is the body")
push = pb.push_link("Cool site", "")
to_buy = ["milk", "bread", "cider"]
push = pb.push_list("Shopping list", to_buy)

Thanks once again for the tip off :D

Re: Wechat client?

Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:33 pm
by Parkview
Don't want to use Python? You can use curl via a bash script to make the submission to the pushbullet service.
The script below notifies me when my RPi powers up:

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#  sends out a pushbullet notification to an account

cd /home/pi/pushbullet
sleep 10   # sometimes have to wait a bit for the network to finish connecting

DATETIME=`date "+ %Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S: "`
HOSTNAME=`hostname | tr '[:lower:]' '[:upper:]' `
IPADD=$(/sbin/ifconfig eth0 | grep 'inet addr:' | cut -d: -f2 | awk '{ print $1}')
MSG=" '$HOSTNAME' $IPADD has booted up at: $DATETIME!"
curl -u $API: -d type=note -d title="RPi Booted up:" -d body="$MSG"  >/tmp/BOOT.out 2>/tmp/BOOT.err
Note: must have curl compiled for https use.