Below is a minimal example of making an HTTP request to from Node.js.

var https = require('https');
https.get('').on('error', (err) => {
    console.log('Ping failed: ' + err)

Note: the "https" library executes requests asynchronously. If you send both "start" and "success" signals, you can encounter a race condition where the "success" signal arrives before the "start" signal. Avoid the the race condition by using callbacks, promises or the async/await feature. Here is an example that uses async/await and the axios library:

const axios = require("axios");

async function ping(url) {
    try {
        await axios.get(url, {timeout: 5000});
    } catch(error) {
        // Log the error and continue. A ping failure should
        // not prevent the job from running.
        console.error("Ping failed: " + error);

async function runJob() {
    var pingUrl = "";

    await ping(pingUrl + "/start");
    try {
        console.log("TODO: run the job here");

        await ping(pingUrl); // success
    } catch(error) {
        await ping(pingUrl + "/fail");



You can also send pings from a browser environment. sets the Access-Control-Allow-Origin:* CORS header, so cross-domain AJAX requests work.

var xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();'GET', '', true);