Health API

This API can be used for measuring node health.

To get an HTTP status code response that indicates the node’s health, make a GET request to /ext/health. If the node is healthy, it will return a 200 status code. If you want more in-depth information about a node’s health, use the methods below.


This API uses the json 2.0 RPC format. For more information on making JSON RPC calls, see here.



API Methods


The node runs a set of health checks every 30 seconds, including a health check for each chain. This method returns the last set of health check results.


health.getLiveness() -> {
    checks: []{
        checkName: {
            message: JSON,
            error: JSON,
            timestamp: string,
            duration: int,
            contiguousFailures: int,
            timeOfFirstFailure: int
    healthy: bool

healthy is true if the node if all health checks are passing.

checks is a list of health check responses.

  • A check response may include a message with additional context.
  • A check response may include an error describing why the check failed.
  • timestamp is the timestamp of the last health check.
  • duration is the execution duration of the last health check, in nanoseconds.
  • contiguousFailures is the number of times in a row this check failed.
  • timeOfFirstFailure is the time this check first failed.

More information on these measurements can be found in the documentation for the go-sundheit library.

Example Call

curl -X POST --data '{
    "id"     :1,
    "method" :"health.getLiveness"
}' -H 'content-type:application/json;'

Example Response

In this example response, the C-Chain’s health check is failing.

    "jsonrpc": "2.0",
    "result": {
        "checks": {
            "C": {
                "message": null,
                "error": {
                    "message": "example error message"
                "timestamp": "2020-10-14T14:04:20.57759662Z",
                "duration": 465253,
                "contiguousFailures": 50,
                "timeOfFirstFailure": "2020-10-14T13:16:10.576435413Z"
            "P": {
                "message": {
                    "percentConnected": 0.9967694992864075
                "timestamp": "2020-10-14T14:04:08.668743851Z",
                "duration": 433363830,
                "contiguousFailures": 0,
                "timeOfFirstFailure": null
            "X": {
                "timestamp": "2020-10-14T14:04:20.3962705Z",
                "duration": 1853,
                "contiguousFailures": 0,
                "timeOfFirstFailure": null
            "chains.default.bootstrapped": {
                "timestamp": "2020-10-14T14:04:04.238623814Z",
                "duration": 8075,
                "contiguousFailures": 0,
                "timeOfFirstFailure": null
            "network.validators.heartbeat": {
                "message": {
                    "heartbeat": 1602684245
                "timestamp": "2020-10-14T14:04:05.610007874Z",
                "duration": 6124,
                "contiguousFailures": 0,
                "timeOfFirstFailure": null
        "healthy": false
    "id": 1