Setting Up Email Notifications with Google Cloud Pub/Sub

Google Cloud Pub/Sub allows you to set up email notifications to be alerted when specific events occur in your Pub/Sub topics. In this guide, we'll explore how to configure email notifications for Pub/Sub topics and provide a sample Python code snippet for triggering email notifications when messages are published to a Pub/Sub topic.

Key Concepts

Before we dive into the code, let's understand some key concepts related to email notifications in Google Cloud Pub/Sub:

  • Notification Config: Notification configurations define the conditions under which email notifications are sent. You can specify which events trigger notifications and the associated email addresses to receive them.
  • Topic Subscriptions: Pub/Sub topics have subscriptions that can be used to create notifications. When events occur on a topic, notifications can be sent to subscribers, including email addresses.

Sample Code: Triggering Email Notifications

Here's a sample Python code snippet for configuring email notifications on a Google Cloud Pub/Sub topic and publishing a message to trigger a notification:

from import pubsub_v1
# Initialize the Publisher client
publisher = pubsub_v1.PublisherClient()
# Set your project ID and topic name
project_id = 'your-project-id'
topic_name = 'your-topic-name'
topic_path = publisher.topic_path(project_id, topic_name)
# Set the email address to receive notifications
email_address = ''
# Define a notification configuration
notification_config = {
'push_config': {
'push_endpoint': f'projects/{project_id}/topics/{topic_name}',
'attributes': {
'x-goog-version': 'v1',
'ack_deadline_seconds': 10,
'message_format': 'JSON',
'user_labels': {
'email': email_address,
# Create a Pub/Sub topic with the notification configuration
topic = publisher.create_topic(topic_path, name=topic_path, notification_configs=[notification_config])
# Publish a message to the topic (to trigger the notification)
message_data = 'Notification test message'
future = publisher.publish(topic_path, data=message_data.encode('utf-8'))
print(f"Published message to {topic_name}: {message_data}")
print(f"Notification will be sent to {email_address}")

Make sure to replace

, and
with your specific project and configuration details. This code sets up a notification configuration to send an email when a message is published to the specified topic.


Setting up email notifications with Google Cloud Pub/Sub provides a way to stay informed about events in your messaging system. You can configure notifications for specific topics and events, allowing you to respond to critical events in real-time.