Health checks for PHP apps.

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PHP Healthz

Health checking for PHP apps with built-in support for Laravel.


Get an easy overview of the health of your app! Implement a health check endpoint for load balancers, or your own sanity :) Comes with an optional UI and set of pre-configured checks you can use, and is extensible to add custom health checks to the stack as well.


$ composer require generationtux/healthz

Laravel < 5.4

(the following should work with Lumen as well, with minor differences)

Add the service provider that will register the default health checks and routes

// config/app.php
'providers' => [

You should be able to visit /healthz/ui to see the default Laravel health checks, or run php artisan healthz to get a CLI view.

To add basic auth to the UI page, set the HEALTHZ_USERNAME and HEALTHZ_PASSWORD environment variables. Even if the UI has basic auth, the simplified /healthz endpoint will always be available to respond with a simple ok or fail for load balancers and other automated checks to hit.

In order to customize the health checks, simply register Gentux\Healthz\Healthz in your app service provider (probably app/Providers/AppServiceProvider.php) to build a custom Healthz instance.

use Gentux\Healthz\Healthz;
use Illuminate\Support\ServiceProvider;
use Gentux\Healthz\Checks\General\EnvHealthCheck;
use Gentux\Healthz\Checks\Laravel\DatabaseHealthCheck;

class AppServiceProvider extends ServiceProvider {

    public function register()
        $this->app->bind(Healthz::class, function() {
            $env = new EnvHealthCheck();
            $db = new DatabaseHealthCheck();

            return new Healthz([$env, $db]);

See more about configuring available checks

General PHP

Build an instance of the health check

use Gentux\Healthz\Healthz;
use Gentux\Healthz\Checks\General\MemcachedHealthCheck;

$memcached = (new MemcachedHealthCheck())->addServer('');
$healthz = new Healthz([$memcached]);

Run the checks and review results

// @var $results Gentux\Healthz\ResultStack
$results = $healthz->run();

if ($results->hasFailures()) {
    // oh no

if ($results->hasWarnings()) {
    // hmm

foreach ($results->all() as $result) {
    // @var $result Gentux\Healthz\HealthResult
    if ($result->passed() || $result->warned() || $result->failed()) {
        echo "it did one of those things at least";

    echo "{$result->title()}: {$result->status()} ({$result->description()})";

Get the UI view

$html = $healthz->html();

Check configuration


Create a new Guzzle Request to pass to the constuctor of the HTTP health check.

use GuzzleHTTP\PSR7\Request;
use Gentux\Healthz\Checks\General\HttpHealthCheck;

$request = new Request('GET', '');
$httpCheck = new HttpHealthCheck($request);

You can optionally pass the expected response status code (defaults to 200), as well as Guzzle client options.

$httpCheck = new HttpHealthCheck($request, 204, ['base_url' => '']);


Create a new Memcached health check and use the methods addServer and setOptions.

use Gentux\Healthz\Checks\General\MemcachedHealthCheck;

$memcachedCheck = new MemcachedHealthCheck();
$memcachedCheck->addServer($server, $port=11211, $weight=0);

See Memcached setOptions for option information.


Set the environment variable to check if the app is running in debug. If this check fails, it emits a warning.

use Gentux\Healthz\Checks\General\DebugHealthCheck;

$debugCheck = new DebugHealthCheck('APP_DEBUG');

In this case, if APP_DEBUG == 'true' then this check will emit a warning.


Provide an environment variable name to check for the apps environment. If the provided env name is found the check will always be successful and simply output the name. If no environment variable is set the check will emit a warning.

use Gentux\Healthz\Checks\General\EnvHealthCheck;

$envCheck = new EnvHealthCheck('APP_ENV');

Database (Laravel)

This will use Laravel's built in database service to verify connectivity. You may optionally set a connection name to use (will use the default if not provided).

use Gentux\Healthz\Checks\Laravel\DatabaseHealthCheck;

$dbCheck = new DatabaseHealthCheck();
$dbCheck->setConnection('my_conn'); // optional

Queue (Laravel)

The queue health check currently supports sync and sqs queues. You may optionally set the queue name to use (will use the default if not specified).

use Gentux\Healthz\Checks\Laravel\QueueHealthCheck;

$queueCheck = new QueueHealthCheck();
$queueCheck->setName('my_queue'); // optional

Custom checks

Note: Checks may have one of 3 statuses (success, warning, or failure). Any combination of success and warning and the stack as a whole will be considered to be successful. Any single failure, however, will consider the stack to be failed.

To create a custom health check, you should extend Gentux\Healthz\HealthCheck and implement the one abstract method run().


use Gentux\Healthz\HealthCheck;

class MyCustomCheck extends HealthCheck {

    /** @var string Optionally set a title, otherwise the class name will be used */
    protected $title = '';

    /** @var string Optionally set a description, just to provide more info on the UI */
    protected $description = '';

    public function run()
        // any exception that is thrown will consider the check unhealthy

If no exception is thrown, the check will be presumed to have been successful. Otherwise, the exception's message will be used as the status of the failed check.

public function run()
    throw new Exception('Heres why the check failed.');

If you would like the check to show a warning instead of a full failure, throw an instance of Gentux\Healthz\Exceptions\HealthWarningException.

use Gentux\Healthz\Exceptions\HealthWarningException;

public function run()
    throw new HealthWarningException("The check didn't fail, but here ye be warned.");


What you need

Bringing up the development environment

docker-compose up -d

Exec into the container

docker-compose exec app bash

Composer install

composer install

Running the tests



Make your changes and add any needed tests around said changes. Then open a pull request into the generationtux repository.