Server Configuration

Healthchecks prepares its configuration in hc/settings.py. It reads configuration from environment variables. Below is a list of variables it reads and uses:

ALLOWED_HOSTS

Default: *

A list of strings representing the host/domain names that this site can serve. You can specify multiple domain names by separating them with commas:

ALLOWED_HOSTS=my-hc.example.org,alternative-name.example.org

Aside from the comma-separated syntax, this is a standard Django setting. Read more about it in the Django documentation.

APPRISE_ENABLED

Default: False

A boolean that turns on/off the Apprise integration.

Before enabling the Apprise integration, make sure the apprise package is installed:

pip install apprise

DB

Default: sqlite

The database enginge to use. Possible values: sqlite, postgres, mysql.

DB_CONN_MAX_AGE

Default: 0

This is a standard Django setting, read more in Django documentation.

DB_HOST

Default: "" (empty string)

This is a standard Django setting, read more in Django documentation.

DB_NAME

Default: hc (PostgreSQL, MySQL) or /path/to/projectdir/hc.sqlite (SQLite)

This is a standard Django setting, read more in Django documentation.

DB_PASSWORD

Default: "" (empty string)

This is a standard Django setting, read more in Django documentation.

DB_PORT

Default: "" (empty string)

This is a standard Django setting, read more in Django documentation.

DB_SSLMODE

Default: prefer

PostgreSQL-specific, details

DB_TARGET_SESSION_ATTRS

Default: read-write

PostgreSQL-specific, details

DB_USER

Default: postgres (PostgreSQL) or root (MySQL)

This is a standard Django setting, read more in Django documentation.

DEBUG

Default: True

A boolean that turns on/off debug mode.

Never run a Healthchecks instance in production with the debug mode turned on!

This is a standard Django setting, read more in Django documentation.

DEFAULT_FROM_EMAIL

Default: healthchecks@example.org

This is a standard Django setting, read more in Django documentation.

DISCORD_CLIENT_ID

Default: None

The Discord Client ID, required by the Discord integration.

To set up the Discord integration:

  • Register a new application at https://discordapp.com/developers/applications/me
  • Add a Redirect URI to your Discord application. The URI format is SITE_ROOT/integrations/add_discord/. For example, if your SITE_ROOT is https://my-hc.example.org then the Redirect URI would be https://my-hc.example.org/integrations/add_discord/
  • Look up your Discord app's Client ID and Client Secret. Put them in the DISCORD_CLIENT_ID and DISCORD_CLIENT_SECRET environment variables.

DISCORD_CLIENT_SECRET

Default: None

The Discord Client Secret, required by the Discord integration. Look it up at https://discordapp.com/developers/applications/me.

EMAIL_HOST

Default: "" (empty string)

This is a standard Django setting, read more in Django documentation.

EMAIL_HOST_PASSWORD

Default: "" (empty string)

This is a standard Django setting, read more in Django documentation.

EMAIL_HOST_USER

Default: "" (empty string)

This is a standard Django setting, read more in Django documentation.

EMAIL_PORT

Default: 587

This is a standard Django setting, read more in Django documentation.

EMAIL_USE_TLS

Default: True

This is a standard Django setting, read more in Django documentation.

EMAIL_USE_VERIFICATION

Default: True

A boolean that turns on/off a verification step when adding an email integration.

If enabled, whenever an user adds an email integration, Healthchecks emails a verification link to the new address. The new integration becomes active only after user clicks the verification link.

If you are setting up a private healthchecks instance where you trust your users, you can opt to disable the verification step. In that case, set EMAIL_USE_VERIFICATION to False.

LINENOTIFY_CLIENT_ID

Default: None

LINENOTIFY_CLIENT_SECRET

Default: None

MASTER_BADGE_LABEL

Default: same as SITE_NAME

The label for the "Overall Status" status badge.

MATRIX_ACCESS_TOKEN

Default: None

The Matrix bot user's access token, required by the Matrix integration.

To set up the Matrix integration:

  • Register a bot user (for posting notifications) in your preferred Matrix homeserver.
  • Use the Login API call to retrieve bot user's access token. You can run it as shown in the documentation, using curl in command shell.
  • Set the MATRIX_ environment variables. Example:
MATRIX_ACCESS_TOKEN=[a long string of characters returned by the login call]
MATRIX_HOMESERVER=https://matrix.org
MATRIX_USER_ID=@mychecks:matrix.org

MATRIX_HOMESERVER

Default: None

The Matrix bot's homeserver address, required by the Matrix integration.

MATRIX_USER_ID

Default: None

The Matrix bot's user identifier, required by the Matrix integration.

MATTERMOST_ENABLED

Default: True

A boolean that turns on/off the Mattermost integration. Enabled by default.

MSTEAMS_ENABLED

Default: True

A boolean that turns on/off the MS Teams integration. Enabled by default.

OPSGENIE_ENABLED

Default: True

A boolean that turns on/off the Opsgenie integration. Enabled by default.

PAGERTREE_ENABLED

Default: True

A boolean that turns on/off the PagerTree integration. Enabled by default.

PD_ENABLED

Default: True

A boolean that turns on/off the PagerDuty integration. Enabled by default.

PD_VENDOR_KEY

Default: None

PagerDuty vendor key, used by the PagerDuty integration.

PING_BODY_LIMIT

Default: 10000

The upper size limit in bytes for logged ping request bodies. The default value is 10000 (10 kilobytes). You can adjust the limit or you can remove the it altogether by setting this value to None.

PING_EMAIL_DOMAIN

Default: localhost

The domain to use for generating ping email addresses. Example:

PING_EMAIL_DOMAIN=ping.my-hc.example.org

In this example, Healthchecks would generate ping email addresses similar to 3f1a7317-8e96-437c-a17d-b0d550b51e86@ping.my-hc.example.org.

PING_ENDPOINT

Default: SITE_ROOT + /ping/

The base URL to use for generating ping URLs. Example:

PING_ENDPOINT=https://ping.my-hc.example.org

In this example, Healthchecks would generate ping URLs similar to https://ping.my-hc.example.org/3f1a7317-8e96-437c-a17d-b0d550b51e86.

PROMETHEUS_ENABLED

Default: True

A boolean that turns on/off the Prometheus integration. Enabled by default.

PUSHBULLET_CLIENT_ID

Default: None

PUSHBULLET_CLIENT_SECRET

Default: None

PUSHOVER_API_TOKEN

Default: None

The Pushover API token, required by the Pushover integration.

To enable the Pushover integration:

  • Register a new Pushover application at https://pushover.net/apps/build.
  • Within the Pushover application configuration, enable subscriptions. Make sure the subscription type is set to "URL". Also make sure the redirect URL is configured to point back to the root of the Healthchecks instance (e.g., https://my-hc.example.org/).
  • Put the Pushover application's API Token and the Subscription URL in PUSHOVER_API_TOKEN and PUSHOVER_SUBSCRIPTION_URL environment variables. The Pushover subscription URL should look similar to https://pushover.net/subscribe/yourAppName-randomAlphaNumericData.

PUSHOVER_EMERGENCY_EXPIRATION

Default: 86400 (24 hours)

Specifies how many seconds an emergency Pushoover notification will continue to be retried for.

More information in Pushover API documentation.

PUSHOVER_EMERGENCY_RETRY_DELAY

Default: 300 (5 minutes)

Specifies how often (in seconds) the Pushover servers will send the same notification to the user.

More information in Pushover API documentation.

PUSHOVER_SUBSCRIPTION_URL

Default: None

The Pushover Subscription URL, required by the Pushover integration.

REGISTRATION_OPEN

Default: True

A boolean that controls whether site visitors can create new accounts. Set it to False if you are setting up a private Healthchecks instance, but it needs to be publicly accessible (so, for example, your cloud services can send pings to it).

If you close new user registration, you can still selectively invite users to your team account.

REMOTE_USER_HEADER

Default: None

Specifies the request header to use for external authentication.

Healthchecks supports external authentication by means of HTTP headers set by reverse proxies or the WSGI server. This allows you to integrate it into your existing authentication system (e.g., LDAP or OAuth) via an authenticating proxy. When this option is enabled, Healtchecks will trust the header's value implicitly, so it is very important to ensure that attackers cannot set the value themselves (and thus impersonate any user). How to do this varies by your chosen proxy, but generally involves configuring it to strip out headers that normalize to the same name as the chosen identity header.

To enable this feature, set the REMOTE_USER_HEADER value to a header you wish to authenticate with. HTTP headers will be prefixed with HTTP_ and have any dashes converted to underscores. Headers without that prefix can be set by the WSGI server itself only, which is more secure.

When REMOTE_USER_HEADER is set, Healthchecks will: - assume the header contains user's email address - look up and automatically log in the user with a matching email address - automatically create an user account if it does not exist - disable the default authentication methods (login link to email, password)

RP_ID

Default: None

The Relying Party identifier, required by the WebAuthn second-factor authentication feature.

Healthchecks optionally supports two-factor authentication using the WebAuthn standard. To enable WebAuthn support, set the RP_ID setting to a non-null value. Set its value to your site's domain without scheme and without port. For example, if your site runs on https://my-hc.example.org, set RP_ID to my-hc.example.org.

Note that WebAuthn requires HTTPS, even if running on localhost. To test WebAuthn locally with a self-signed certificate, you can use the runsslserver command from the django-sslserver package.

SECRET_KEY

Default: ---

A secret key used for cryptographic signing, and should be set to a unique, unpredictable value.

This is a standard Django setting, read more in Django documentation.

SHELL_ENABLED

Default: False

A boolean that turns on/off the "Shell Commands" integration.

The "Shell Commands" integration runs user-defined local shell commands when checks go up or down. This integration is disabled by default, and can be enabled by setting the SHELL_ENABLED environment variable to True.

Note: be careful when using "Shell Commands" integration, and only enable it when you fully trust the users of your Healthchecks instance. The commands will be executed by the manage.py sendalerts process, and will run with its system permissions.

SIGNAL_CLI_ENABLED

Default: False

A boolean that turns on/off the Signal integration.

Healthchecks uses signal-cli to send Signal notifications. Healthcecks interacts with signal-cli over DBus.

To enable the Signal integration:

  • Set up and configure signal-cli to listen on DBus system bus (instructions). Make sure you can send test messages from command line, using the dbus-send example given in the signal-cli instructions.
  • Set the SIGNAL_CLI_ENABLED environment variable to True.

SITE_NAME

Default: Mychecks

The display name of this Healthchecks instance. Healthchecks uses it throughout its web UI and documentation.

SITE_ROOT

Default: http://localhost:8000

The base URL of this Healthchecks instance. Healthchecks uses SITE_ROOT whenever it needs to construct absolute URLs.

SLACK_CLIENT_ID

Default: None

The Slack Client ID, used by the Slack integration.

The Slack integration can work with or without the Slack Client ID. If the Slack Client ID is not set, in the "Integrations - Add Slack" page, Healthchecks will ask the user to provide a webhook URL for posting notifications.

If the Slack Client is set, Healthchecks will use the OAuth2 flow to get the webhook URL from Slack. The OAuth2 flow is more user-friendly. To set it up, go to https://api.slack.com/apps/ and create a Slack app. When setting up the Slack app, make sure to:

  • Add the incoming-webhook scope to the Bot Token Scopes.
  • Add a Redirect URL in the format SITE_ROOT/integrations/add_slack_btn/. For example, if your SITE_ROOT is https://my-hc.example.org then the Redirect URL would be https://my-hc.example.org/integrations/add_slack_btn/.

SLACK_CLIENT_SECRET

Default: None

The Slack Client Secret. Required if SLACK_CLIENT_ID is set. Look it up at https://api.slack.com/apps/.

SLACK_ENABLED

Default: True

A boolean that turns on/off the Slack integration. Enabled by default.

SPIKE_ENABLED

Default: True

A boolean that turns on/off the Spike.sh integration. Enabled by default.

TELEGRAM_BOT_NAME

Default: ExampleBot

The Telegram bot name, required by the Telegram integration.

To set up the Telegram integration:

  • Create a Telegram bot by talking to the BotFather. Set the bot's name, description, user picture, and add a "/start" command.
  • After creating the bot you will have the bot's name and token. Put them in TELEGRAM_BOT_NAME and TELEGRAM_TOKEN environment variables.
  • Run the settelegramwebhook management command. This command tells Telegram where to forward channel messages by invoking Telegram's setWebhook API call:
$ ./manage.py settelegramwebhook
Done, Telegram's webhook set to: https://my-monitoring-project.com/integrations/telegram/bot/

For this to work, your SITE_ROOT must be publicy accessible and use the "https://" scheme.

TELEGRAM_TOKEN

Default: None

The Telegram bot user's authentication token, required by the Telegram integration.

TRELLO_APP_KEY

Default: None

The Trello app key, required by the Trello integration.

To set up the Trello integration, get a developer API key from https://trello.com/app-key and put it in the TRELLO_APP_KEY environment variable.

TWILIO_ACCOUNT

Default: None

TWILIO_AUTH

Default: None

TWILIO_FROM

Default: None

TWILIO_USE_WHATSAPP

Default: False

USE_PAYMENTS

Default: False

A boolean that turns on/off billing features.

VICTOROPS_ENABLED

Default: True

A boolean that turns on/off the Splunk On-Call (VictorOps) integration. Enabled by default.

WEBHOOKS_ENABLED

Default: True

A boolean that turns on/off the Webhooks integration. Enabled by default.

ZULIP_ENABLED

Default: True

A boolean that turns on/off the Zulip integration. Enabled by default.