Monitor website changes with IFTTT

Monitor website changes with IFTTT

Written on 2020-03-08

IFTTT is a very popular personal and professional automation tool. It is used by millions of people to connect their favourite services to each other.

Until now, extracting data from a website and sending it to IFTTT when the website (and that data) changes has been tedious or down-right impossible, depending on the use case.

Monitoro makes it possible to connect any website to IFTTT, by extracting data from it periodically, and sending it when it changes to any IFTTT applet.

How to do that in practice?

1: Get a webhook key from IFTTT

First, you need to enable webhooks on IFTTT and get your webhook URL.

1- Open the Webhooks page on IFTTT.

image If you've enabled Webhooks before, skip to step 3

2- Press connect to enable webhooks

3- Click on Settings

4- Copy your Webhook URL. It's the long text starting with https://maker.ifttt.com/use/ image

2: Create an IFTTT service in Monitoro

Now let's connect IFTTT to Monitoro.

Click on "Create a new service" and choose "IFTTT", then fill in your Webhook URL and choose a name.

3: Create an applet on IFTTT

Finally, let's go back to IFTTT, and create a new Webhook based applet. You can click here to do it.

1- Click on This, and search for Webhooks

2- Click on Receive a web request image

3- Type in monitoro_ifttt_tutorial as the name of the event.

4- Click on That, and pick a service of choice, Twitter for example.

5- Configure the service, for example by making your Twitter account post a tweet and make its text the latest extracted value, value1

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4 Send data from Monitoro to IFTTT

Create a new monitor, select some data and then connect to the IFTTT service you created before.

Now write "monitoro_ifttt_tutorial", and then select which data to send to IFTTT. Use the same variable name from step 3, i.e. value1.

And you're done! Every time the monitored page changes and your selections have a different value, your IFTTT applet will be notified and it will receive new values.

Taking it further

At this point, you're able to hook any website to any IFTTT service.

For your new applets, just pick a new event name and use it when configuring your monitors.

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