Quickstart for code monitoring


In this tutorial, we will create a new code monitor that monitors new appearances of the word "TODO" in your codebase.

Creating a code monitor

Prerequisite: Ensure email notifications are configured in site configuration.

  1. On your Sourcegraph instance, click the Code monitoring menu item at the top right of your page. Alternatively, go to https://sourcegraph.example.com/code-monitoring (where sourcegraph.example.com represents your unique Sourcegraph url).
  2. Click the Create new code monitor button at the top right of the page.
  3. Fill out the Name input with: "TODOs".
  4. Under the Trigger section, click When there are new search results.
  5. In the Search query input, enter the following search query:TODO type:diff patternType:literal.(Note that type: and patternType: are required as part of the search query for code monitoring.)
  6. You can click Preview results to see all previous additions or removals of TODO to your codebase.
  7. Back in the code monitor form, click Continue.
  8. Click Send email notifications under the Actions section.
  9. Click Done.
  10. Click Create code monitor.

You should now be on https://sourcegraph.example.com/code-monitoring, and be able to see the TODO code monitor on the page.

Sending a test email notification

If you want to preview the email notification alerting you of a new result with TODO, follow these steps:

  1. In the Send email notifications action, click "Send test email".
  2. Within a few minutes, you should receive a test email from Sourcegraph with a preview of the email notification.

If you want to test receiving an email with a real new result, follow these steps:

  1. In any repository that's on your Sourcegraph instance (for purposes of this tutorial, we recommend a dummy or test repo that's not used), add TODO to any file.
  2. Commit the change, and push it to your code host.
  3. Within a few minutes, you should see an email from Sourcegraph with a link to the new result you just pushed.