Monitor Servers from Your Android Device with httpmon

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

May 21, 2010 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Checking whether a specific Web server is up and running is as easy as issuing the ping command in the terminal, but if you are looking for a more versatile tool that you can use while on the move, try httpmon for Android. For starters, this nifty tool lets you set up multiple monitoring profiles, which can come in handy when you want to keep an eye on several servers. Besides ping, httpmon supports other monitoring options, such as response time, response code, and specific header and content strings. Better yet, you can specify multiple criteria; for example, you can configure httpmon to ping a specific server and check its response time in one go.

Creating a monitoring profile is as easy as it gets. Launch httpmon on your Android device, press the Menu button and tap on New Monitor. Give the new profile a name, press the Edit button, and specify the server's URL and the polling interval. In the Conditions section, select the Ping item from the drop-down list and press the Add button.

To alert you about server failures, httpmon can use notifications and text messages. To set up a notification, select Send Notifications from the drop-down list in the Actions section and press Add. Specify the desired options, and your profile is ready to go. Press the Menu | Start All button to activate the created profile or profiles and let httpmon do its job.

Finally, if you want to tweak httpmon's settings, press the Menu | Preferences button. Here you can enable automatic start-up and background notifications as well as specify connection and read timeouts.

Comments

  • Innovative alternative

    There is new website monitoring app for android called Vping Siteminder that seems to have it figured out. It allows for off-line email alerts (even if your phone is off). It receives checks from multiple locations around the world. And like many others, it is FREE. Check it out www.vping.com
  • Other tool

    Other Tool nagroid .. nagios for android
  • website monitoring

    There is another similar Android app - Decaf-Monitor. But for me it much more reliable to use external website monitoring services. Especially since most of them are free or have free trial (new account every 30 days happy). Besides most of them have phone notification function. You can try http://dotcom-monitor.com and http://monitris.com
  • website monitoring

    There is another similar Android app - Decaf-Monitor. But for me it much more reliable to use external website monitoring services. Especially since most of them are free or have free trial (new account every 30 days happy). Besides most of them have phone notification function. You can try http://dotcom-monitor.com and http://monitris.com
  • Website monitoring

    Great Android tool! Just found out that there is a web 2.0 tool with the pretty much the same name www.httpmon.com and will also monitor websites but from the web blunk thought I would post this here, could also be useful if you are into website monitoring anyway...
  • Works great

    Works like a charm, I installed it and ran it immediately. Configuration options are complete, no further wishes. And my site built with perl CGI and MySQL got a green + in front of it.
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