Recently, Flowdock announced that it is discontinuing the API that Kiln uses in its customized web hook. If you are interested in having your Kiln activity continue to flow into Flowdock, though, fear not! You can still connect Flowdock and Kiln using Zapier, an easy-to-use integration service.
To begin, you’ll need to set up an account at zapier.com. Once there, hit Make a New Zap to get started. We’re making an arbitrary webhook, so you’ll want to choose “Webhooks by Zapier” as your Trigger app and Flowdock as your Action app.
Zapier will then supply you with a custom webhook URL. In Kiln, create a new custom webhook and paste the Zapier URL into the description area. Choose which repositories you’d like to have fire, and the Kiln side is all set!
Back in Zapier, you’ll need to connect your Flowdock account. Once that is set, you can choose to filter the incoming webhooks, and decide where in Flowdock you’d like your messages to appear.
Once the hook is established, Zapier allows you to insert fields into the content of the message that the hook will auto-populate, such as in the following image, which will report the name of the person who pushed to Kiln and the full commit.
We have found that a good way to get this set up is by putting a simple message like “Kiln push incoming!” to make sure the hook works, then editing the Zapier hook content which will then be able to suggest fields.
Test the Zap by using the button on the creation screen, and make sure to name your Zap so that you can come back to it later! Hit “Turn Zap On” at the bottom of the screen, and you should be set with your new integration.