How to trigger an IFTTT recipe when a website changes


IFTTT is a very popular personal and professional automation tool. It is used by millions of people to connect their favourite services to each other.


Until now, extracting data from a website and sending it to IFTTT when the website (and that data) changes has been tedious or down-right impossible, depending on the use case.


Monitoro makes it possible to connect any website to IFTTT, by extracting data from it periodically, and sending it when it changes to any IFTTT applet.


How to do that in practice?


1. Get a webhook key from IFTTT


Open the Webhooks page on IFTTT. Press connect to enable webhooks, and then click on Settings.


Copy your Webhook URL. It's the long text starting with https://maker.ifttt.com/use/ as illustrated below.




2. Create an IFTTT service in Monitoro


Now let's connect IFTTT to Monitoro.


Open the Services page linked above, click on "Create a new service", choose "IFTTT", then fill in your Webhook URL.



3. Create an applet on IFTTT


Finally, let's go back to IFTTT, and create a new Webhook based applet. You can click here to do it.


Click on this, search for Webhooks and click on Receive a web request.


Type in monitoro_ifttt_tutorial as the name of the event and create the trigger.


Click on That, and pick a service of your choice such as Twitter to post a tweet. This below will post the content of value1, which we will fill in with data in a moment.




4. Send data from Monitoro to IFTTT


Create a new monitor, select some data and then connect to the IFTTT service you created before.


Now write "monitoro_ifttt_tutorial", and then select which data to send to IFTTT. Use the same variable name from step 3, i.e. value1.


And you're done! Every time the monitored page changes and your selections have a different value, your IFTTT applet will be notified and it will receive new values.


Taking it further

At this point, you're able to hook any website to any IFTTT service. For your new applets, just pick a new event name and use it when configuring your monitors.