Only available in 2.3 or later.


Portus has the /_ping endpoint exposed, so anyone can check whether it is up and running. Portus will return an empty 200 OK response. For example:

$ curl -X GET -I
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Server: nginx
Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:09:42 GMT
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Connection: keep-alive
X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN
X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
Cache-Control: no-cache
X-Request-Id: f23617bd-6732-433f-a9b6-1bc5717e345e
X-Runtime: 0.091130
X-Frame-Options: DENY
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block

Health check

There is another endpoint which is a bit more complex than the ping one: /_health. This will return a JSON body with the status of the different components. For example:

$ curl -X GET | jq
  "database": {
    "msg": "database is up-to-date",
    "success": true
  "registry": {
    "msg": "registry is reachable",
    "success": true
  "clair": {
    "msg": "clair is reachable",
    "success": true

Some notes:

  • database also reports when the DB is still initializing, among other things.
  • registry not only check that the registry can be ping’ed, but it also performs checks: the idea is that the registry should not only be ready, but also usable.
  • clair is shown in the above example because Portus was configured with clair support enabled. If this is not the case, then this check will be skipped.

Clair and its health check

Clair exposes the health check API on another port (see its documentation). Because of this, we provide the health_port value in the Portus configuration. This has been set to the default value of Clair: 6061. If you want to change this, just set the PORTUS_SECURITY_CLAIR_HEALTH_PORT environment variable, or provide a config-local.yml file like so:

    server: "http://my.server"
    health_port: 6062