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Distributors

UnifiedPush is a standard for receiving push notifications*. UnifiedPush allows you to choose between multiple implementations and servers, based on your preferences. The core UnifiedPush tools are all free and open source software.

Definitions

  • The Distributor is the application you install on your device to get notifications. It receives notifications and distributes them to the other applications.
  • The (Push) Provider is the server reachable from the Internet that listens for incoming notifications for you.
  • The Distributor is connected to the Provider to get the notifications.

Install a Distributor

Without self-hosting the server (Easy)

  • ntfy: You just need to install it.
  • UP-FCM Distributor: The same as above. Just be aware that it uses Google servers.

Self-host the server (Difficult)

Self hosting lets you have control of the server through which you receive push notifications. You have several distributor/provider options for self-hosting:

The ntfy server can be easily be self-hosted. It can be installed with a package, available for most linux distributions, with docker, or using the standalone binary.

NextPush is a push server that can be hosted as a Nextcloud app. This is an easy way to self-host a push provider if you already have a Nextcloud server.

Other options

If you have Google services (play store, etc.) on your Android phone, the easiest way is to use FCM-Distributor. However, this means that all your notification data is still being routed through Google.

FCM-Distributor might also be a good option for people whose phone manufacturer has set up extremely strict battery saving.

NoProvider2Push needs a static IP to work, which is reachable with a VPN or public meshing network. It is mostly useful for development purposes and advanced users at this moment.

Special Case: the embedded FCM distributor

Some applications using UnifiedPush automatically use Google’s Firebase Cloud Messaging if no UnifiedPush Distributor is detected.