Healthchecks Feature for Server Monitoring

Ensuring the health and reliability of server services is crucial for maintaining optimal performance and minimizing downtime. The Healthchecks feature, powered by Autopilot, offers a proactive approach to monitoring your server's critical services. This article provides a comprehensive guide on the Healthchecks feature, including technical details and commands for configuration.

What is Healthchecks?

Healthchecks is a server monitoring feature that continuously checks the status of your server's services. When a service failure is detected, a notification is sent to alert you of the issue. This allows for quick action to resolve problems, ensuring your server remains reliable and efficient.

How Does Healthchecks Work?

The Healthchecks feature leverages Autopilot to automate the monitoring process. It periodically pings your server's services and checks for any issues. If a service is unresponsive or fails, Healthchecks immediately triggers a notification to inform you of the problem. Additionally, Healthchecks can be used in conjunction with Autopilot to monitor services that are being updated. This ensures that any updates applied by Autopilot do not cause unexpected service interruptions.

Configuring Notifications

Notifications are a key aspect of Healthchecks, ensuring you are promptly informed of any service failures. You can customize the notification settings to suit your needs, choosing how and where you receive alerts.

Setting Up Healthchecks

To set up Healthchecks, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your server management console.
  2. Navigate to the Healthchecks section under Server Settings.
  3. Enable Healthchecks by toggling the feature on.
  4. Configure your notification preferences.
  5. Specify which services you want to monitor.

Best Practices for Using Healthchecks

To get the most out of Healthchecks, consider the following best practices:

  • Regularly review and update your monitored services list to ensure it includes all critical services.
  • Test your notification settings to ensure you receive alerts promptly.
  • Periodically check the Healthchecks logs to identify any recurring issues or patterns.
  • Combine Healthchecks with other monitoring tools for comprehensive server management.

Integrating Healthchecks with Linux Patch Management

For enhanced server management, consider integrating Healthchecks with a patch management platform like LinuxPatch. This integration allows you to ensure your server services are not only running smoothly but also up-to-date with the latest security patches.


Healthchecks is an invaluable tool for maintaining the health and reliability of your server services. By enabling this feature, you can proactively monitor your server, receive timely notifications of any issues, and take swift action to resolve problems. Additionally, using Healthchecks with Autopilot ensures that services being updated are monitored to prevent any unexpected disruptions. For more information and to explore further server management tools, visit LinuxPatch.