Get Notified of a Project Release on GitHub Using IFTTT

When setting up Google Drive on my Raspberry Pi, I came across the drive GitHub repository. I wanted to be notified when new binary releases are posted, but I didn’t want to use the GitHub Watch function because I didn’t want to be notified every time something happened on the repository.

My solution is to use IFTTT monitor the ATOM feed embedded in the GitHub Release page.

Here are the directions:

Open the GitHub repository and click on the Releases tag if available.

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On the Releases page, view the source code (Ctrl+U in Chrome & Firefox & Cmd+Opt+U in Safari) and search for the releases.atom link.

Go to IFTTT and create a recipe with RSS as the trigger and Gmail or Email as the action.

Here is a link to my public recipe.

Google Drive Utility On Raspberry Pi

I’ve finally gotten back to updating and reconfiguring my Raspberry Pi 2 as a headless server and was browsing the forums to see if there’s any other services that I can add. I came across a post on how to add a push and pull utility for Google Drive. Apparently, a Googler, Burcu Dogan, that works on the Drive team abandoned the drive project that can be used on a Linux system and Emmanuel T Odeke has since picked it up.

Here are the directions for installing it on the Raspberry Pi:

See what version of ARM processor you are using (ARMv6, ARMv7, ARMv8, etc.).

$ cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep "model name"

Browse the drive releases and copy the latest arm binary release URL.

Make the Google Drive directory.

$ mkdir /your/drive/directory

Download the drive binary.

$ wget -O /usr/local/bin/drive

Make the binary executable.

$ sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/drive

Initialize drive

$ drive init /your/drive/directory

Open up the Oauth2 link in a browser, copy the key, and paste it into the Raspberry Pi console.

You should be good to go!

Tested on:

  • 05/02/2016
  • drive v0.3.4
  • Raspberry Pi 2 (BCM2709)
  • Raspbian Jessie (8)