iOS Mobile App Notifications

Actually - don’t worry. I found it “Fig for Discourse”

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Hi all, sorry to bother. Just wanted to check the status of iOS push-notifications issue for self-hosted forums. Been a while since the last post here. Anything new or is it still not possible?

There have not been any changes recently to add more support for self-hosted push notifications to our iOS app. However, the app does have a background job that is supposed to run every half hour or so and it is supposed to pull in push notifications. This uses a background fetch service from the OS which is notoriously unreliable, so it’s possible that it doesn’t work all that well.


@pmusaraj Thanks a lot for the update!

@pmusaraj nothing new on this front?

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Sorry but self-hosted push notifications would mean you have to register an account with Apple. Discourse can not handle data of forums we do not host.

No news here.

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Thanks Sam. When you say register an act with apple, how would I do that as it’s not a dev act for an app but specifically a website using the discourse app. Is that possible??

You would have to

  1. Fork Discourse Hub
  2. Register a dev account with apple
  3. Repackage as a standalone app for your site
  4. Publish to the app store
  5. Build infra to handle the push notifications

I am afraid there is no easy solution here, on Android - Google provide a public proxy. Apple do not do that.

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What infra has to be built? I thought they were either handled by the discourse server itself or OneSignal (I can’t remember which).

We handle notifications for our customer on dedicated infrastructure we host.

The notifications contain data we are allowed to handle, since we host the customers.

Sorry. Was thinking this was a different thread (this one: Whitelisted Discourse app with Push Notifications via OneSignal)

Edit: it’s probably worth noting that the thread I linked has ostensibly solved all of those problems. However, I’ve never done it myself.

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Please consider offering it as a paid service.
There are use cases where notifications are desired, while most of the discussion content (except for the data in the notification) should still remain on private servers.

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We do offer it as a paid service, sign up for our hosting at

+1: using your hosting is not an option, our Discourse-based intranet has to be on premise on our servers. But we would like to “outsource” the notifications.

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I wonder what your data protection officers / legal people think of that. Either they want to keep everything in house, or it does not matter. But we hardly see both at the same time.


Good news for notifications on self-hosted :grinning:


Very good news indeed! Thank you for sharing that with us here :bowing_man: cc @pmusaraj @Falco

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From what I understand, it won’t work with Discourse. Have I gotten my hopes up over nothing? :cry:

It’s too soon to say. Anything might or might not be allowed by the time 2023 rolls around.

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