When you add HTTP(S) Endpoints, Aptible performs health checks on your App Containers when deploying and throughout their lifecycle.

Health Check Modes

Health checks on Aptible can operate in two modes:

Default Health Checks

In this mode (the default), Aptible expects your App Containers to respond to health checks with any valid HTTP response, and does not care about the status code.

Strict Health Checks

When Strict Health Checks are enabled, Aptible expects your App Containers to respond to health checks with a 200 OK HTTP response. Any other response will be considered a failure.

Strict Health Checks are useful if you’re doing further checking in your App to validate that it’s up and running.

To enable Strict Health Checks, set the STRICT_HEALTH_CHECKS Configuration variable on your App to the value true. This setting will apply to all Endpoints associated with your App.

📘 The Endpoint has no notion of what hostname the App expects, so it sends health check requests to your application with containers as the host. This is not a problem for most applications but for those that only allow the use of certain hosts, such as applications built with Django that use ALLOWED_HOSTS, this may result in non-200 responses. These applications will need to exempt hostname checking or add containers to the list of allowed hosts on /healthcheck.

❗️ Redirections are not 200 OK responses, so be careful with e.g. SSL redirections in your App that could cause your App to respond to the health check with a redirect, such as Rails’ config.force_ssl = true. Overall, we strongly recommend verifying your logs first to check that you are indeed returning 200 OK on /healthcheck before enabling Strict Health Checks.

Health Check Lifecycle

Aptible performs health checks at two stages:

Release Health Checks

When deploying your App, Aptible ensures that new App Containers are receiving traffic before they’re registered with load balancers.

When Strict Health Checks are enabled, this request is performed on /healthcheck, otherwise, it is simply performed at /. In either case, the request is sent to the Container Port for the Endpoint.

Release Health Check Timeout

By default, Aptible waits for up to 3 minutes for your App to respond. If needed, you can increase that timeout by setting the RELEASE_HEALTHCHECK_TIMEOUT Configuration variable on your App.

This variable must be set to your desired timeout in seconds. Any value from 0 to 900 (15 minutes) seconds is valid (we recommend that you avoid setting this to anything below 1 minute).

You can set this variable using the aptible config:set command:

aptible config:set --app "$APP_HANDLE" \

Runtime Health Checks

📘 This health check is only executed if your Service is scaled to 2 or more Containers.

When your App is live, Aptible periodically runs a health check to determine if your Containers are healthy. Traffic will route to a healthy Container, except when:

  • No Containers are healthy. Requests will route to all Containers, regardless of health status, and will still be visible in your Endpoint Logs.
  • Your Service is scaled to zero. Traffic will instead route to Brickwall, our error page server.

The health check is an HTTP request sent to /healthcheck. A healthy Container must respond with 200 OK HTTP response if Strict Health Checks are enabled, or any status code otherwise. See Endpoint Logs for information about how Runtime Health Checks error logs can be viewed, and Health Checks Failed dealing with failures.

📘 If needed, you can identify requests to /healthcheck coming from Aptible: they’ll have the X-Aptible-Health-Check header set.