keep your heroku apps up and responsive with intermittent pings
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Heroku Keepalive is a little ruby script that uses the Clockwork gem to keep your free heroku apps up and responsive. It does so by simply pinging whatever endpoints you specify at a specific interval.


The following steps will get you up and running in just a couple minutes. It assumes you have Ruby 1.9.3-p125 installed via RVM, are using Bash, and have Bundler 1.2.0-pre (to get the edge Bundler, simply use gem install bundler --pre).

Check out the repo and create a heroku app

  1. git clone && cd heroku-keepalive
  2. rvm use 1.9.3-p125 && bundle install
  3. heroku create your-keepalive-heroku-app-name --stack cedar
  4. git push heroku master

Create your .env file and push to heroku

Foreman is the recommended way to manage your environment, and a .env file will store your specific environment variables. Your .env file needs to have two variables for heroku-keepalive to function - ENDPOINTS and INTERVAL. A sample .env file is listed below.


Once this file has been created, you can push it to heroku

for configline in `cat .env`; do heroku config:add $configline; done

Test locally (if you want)

foreman start

12:32:32 keepalive.1  | started with pid 9702
12:32:33 keepalive.1  | I, [2012-07-06T12:32:33.386622 #9702]  INFO -- : Starting clock for 1 events: [ ping ]
12:32:33 keepalive.1  | I, [2012-07-06T12:32:33.386750 #9702]  INFO -- : Triggering 'ping'
12:32:33 keepalive.1  | Contacted in 329ms
12:32:33 keepalive.1  | Contacted in 260ms
12:32:34 keepalive.1  | FAILED to contact -- getaddrinfo: nodename nor servname provided, or not known

Start the keepalive process with heroku

heroku scale keepalive=1