Tiny service health dashboard written in Go
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GreenWall is a tiny service health dashboard written in Go (with frontend prepared in Bootstrap). The aim of this project is to develop a small web application that can be run as a live dashboard, which presents health statuses of specified server nodes.

The app can be installed in a couple of seconds thus do not hesitate to run this on your operational wall screens!


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Mobile view

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  • web live dashboard based on Bootstrap
  • easily resizeable dashboard (wall, desktop, mobile screens)
  • definition of monitored hosts in a YAML file
  • HTTP endpoint can be used as source of health information
  • HTTP basic access authentication
  • search for "healthy" phrases in HTTP responses
  • ICMP ping
  • check expired SSL certificates with TLS health check
  • pluggable health checks (waiting for TCP, DNS, REST, SOAP and others!)
  • install and run in a few seconds!


Download and install GreenWall:

go get github.com/mtojek/greenwall

Prepare a YAML file (config.yaml) with definitions of monitored hosts:

  healthcheckEvery: 15s
  httpClientTimeout: 5s
  refreshDashboardEvery: 10s
  - name: Frontend Nodes (us-east-1)
      - name: front-1
        endpoint: https://httpbin.org/basic-auth/username/password
        type: http_check
            expectedPattern: "\"authenticated\": true"
            basicAuthUsername: username
            basicAuthPassword: password
      - name: front-2
        endpoint: https://www.example.com/
        type: http_check
            expectedPattern: WillNotFindThis
  - name: Middleware Nodes (us-west-2)
      - name: middleware-1 with a really long name
        endpoint: https://www.example.com/
        type: http_check
      - name: middleware-2
        endpoint: https://www.example.com/
        type: http_check
  - name: Backend Nodes (us-west-2)
      - name: backend-1
        endpoint: https://www.example.com/
        type: http_check
      - name: backend-2
        endpoint: https://www.example.com/
        type: http_check
      - name: backend-3
        endpoint: https://www.example.com/
        type: http_check
      - name: backend-4
        endpoint: https://1234567890.example.com/
        type: http_check
      - name: backend-5
        endpoint: https://www.example.com/
        type: http_check

Run the application:

greenwall -staticDir $GOPATH/src/github.com/mtojek/greenwall/frontend

Go to the live dashboard:


Running in cloud - Heroku, Cloud Foundry, etc.

As an alternative to command line arguments, GreenWall can also read primary configuration (host, port, config file, static path, etc.) from environment variables. Names of variables can be listed with a -help switch.

Sample command:

PORT=9001 CONFIG=config.yaml STATIC_DIR=frontend greenwall


The project may be rebuilt using a single command - make. This includes downloading dependencies, formatting, building code and testing.

The building process may require higher user permission:

--- PASS: TestLint (8.93s)
ok      github.com/greenwall    8.932s
?       github.com/greenwall/middleware/application     [no test files]
?       github.com/greenwall/middleware/healthcheck     [no test files]
?       github.com/greenwall/middleware/httpserver      [no test files]
?       github.com/greenwall/middleware/monitoring      [no test files]
go test -race  -i ./...
go install runtime/internal/sys: open /usr/lib/golang/pkg/linux_amd64_race/runtime/internal/sys.a: permission denied
make: *** [test] Error 1
[me@centos7t01 greenwall]$

To resolve this issue, please elevate user permissions with sudo or use local Go installation.

Creating own, pluggable health check

The author is welcome to any contributions to this project, especially new health check types. To create a new plugin, please look at first into sample implementation of SampleCheck. This check is responsible for comparing the current day with a "green day" provided in configuration.

See: sample_check.go

High priority health check plugins:

  • TCP
  • DNS
  • REST
  • SOAP

Please open a PR once you finish the implementation. Don't worry - I'll help you in pushing your change to the repository!


It is possible to build a GreenWall distribution (dist.zip), which can be easily installed on the target host. Firstly, prepare a distribution:

make dist

Then copy the dist.zip file to the target host and unzip it. Please remember also to provide a config.yaml file before running the ./greenwall binary.


Please feel free to leave any comment or feedback by opening a new issue or contacting me directly via email. Thank you.


MIT License, see LICENSE file.