TCP optionsedit

Also see Common monitor options.

The options described here configure Heartbeat to connect via TCP and optionally verify the endpoint by sending and/or receiving a custom payload.

Example configuration:

- type: tcp
  id: my-host-services
  name: My Host Services
  hosts: ["myhost"]
  ports: [80, 9200, 5044]
  schedule: '@every 5s'


A list of hosts to ping. The entries in the list can be:

  • A plain host name, such as localhost, or an IP address. If you specify this option, you must also specify a value for ports. If the monitor is configured to use SSL, Heartbeat establishes an SSL/TLS-based connection. Otherwise, it establishes a plain TCP connection.
  • A hostname and port, such as localhost:12345. Heartbeat connects to the port on the specified host. If the monitor is configured to use SSL, Heartbeat establishes an SSL/TLS-based connection. Otherwise, it establishes a TCP connection.
  • A full URL using the syntax scheme://<host>:[port], where:

    • scheme is one of tcp, plain, ssl or tls. If tcp or plain is specified, Heartbeat establishes a TCP connection even if the monitor is configured to use SSL. If tls or ssl is specified, Heartbeat establishes an SSL connection. However, if the monitor is not configured to use SSL, the system defaults are used (currently not supported on Windows).
    • host is the hostname.
    • port is the port number. If port is missing in the URL, the ports setting is required.


A list of ports to ping if the host specified in hosts does not contain a port number. It is generally preferable to use a single value here, since each port will be monitored using a separate id, with the given id value, used as a prefix in the Heartbeat data, and the configured name shared across events sent via this check.


An optional payload string to send to the remote host and the expected answer. If no payload is specified, the endpoint is assumed to be available if the connection attempt was successful. If send is specified without receive, any response is accepted as OK. If receive is specified without send, no payload is sent, but the client expects to receive a payload in the form of a "hello message" or "banner" on connect.

Example configuration:

- type: tcp
  id: echo-service
  name: Echo Service
  hosts: ["myhost"]
  ports: [7]
  check.send: 'Hello World'
  check.receive: 'Hello World'
  schedule: '@every 5s'


The URL of the SOCKS5 proxy to use when connecting to the server. The value must be a URL with a scheme of socks5://.

If the SOCKS5 proxy server requires client authentication, then a username and password can be embedded in the URL as shown in the example.

  proxy_url: socks5://user:password@socks5-proxy:2233

When using a proxy, hostnames are resolved on the proxy server instead of on the client. You can change this behavior by setting the proxy_use_local_resolver option.


A Boolean value that determines whether hostnames are resolved locally instead of being resolved on the proxy server. The default value is false, which means that name resolution occurs on the proxy server.


The TLS/SSL connection settings. If the monitor is configured to use SSL, it will attempt an SSL handshake. If check is not configured, the monitor will only check to see if it can establish an SSL/TLS connection. This check can fail either at TCP level or during certificate validation.

Example configuration:

- type: tcp
  id: tls-mail
  name: TLS Mail
  hosts: [""]
  ports: [465]
  schedule: '@every 5s'
    certificate_authorities: ['/etc/ca.crt']
    supported_protocols: ["TLSv1.0", "TLSv1.1", "TLSv1.2"]

Also see SSL for a full description of the ssl options.