A few months ago I wrote a blog post on How to setup growl notifications for Beanstalk Deployments using boxcar and a small script to call out to the API. Since then I have found boxcar to not be to optimal solution so here is the updated way to setup growl notifications for Beanstalk. There are 3 main components to this project: PusherApp, Heroku, and MacGap. This post will walk you through each step to set this up on your own system. This also provides you with an easy way to send Growl notifications to your computer for any reason. Lets get started!
Step three: Install the Heroku Toolbelt on your computer
Step four: Login to your PusherApp account and click the "+ Add new App" Button, name your app and leave the 2 checkboxes unchecked, then click "Create App"
Step five: Go into the dashboard for your App and click on "API Access" in the top blue bar. Here you will find all your keys that you will need in later steps
Step seven: Edit both BSGrowler/index.html and node-beanstalk-pusherapp/server.js to use your application keys/secret keys/app id
Step eight: Open terminal and 'cd' to the parent directory you created in step seven
Now all you have to do is add 'http://YOUR-APP.herokuapp.com/deploy' in your beanstalk deployments post-deploy hook and you will get a Growl notification when you code has been deployed to your server.
You can extend this in many ways (Fork me on github - node-beanstalk-pusherapp & BSGrowler) such as actually utilizing the posted JSON data (Read more). This SO question can point you in the right direction for how to build on to our Node.js app to accomplish this. Using the POST data you could change the message so that it told you who pushed the code, when it was pushed, which repo, and more.
I built this because at work I hated having to open up beanstalk in a new tab to check the status on the deployment. This way I just hit commit and wait for the Growl notification. I hope this helps you as well!