How to Create Checks

DigitalOcean Uptime is a monitoring service that checks the health of any URL or IP address. You can use it to monitor the latency, uptime, and SSL certificate of any website or host, and can choose to receive alerts via email or Slack when your site is down, experiencing high latency, or has an SSL certificate that’s about to expire. Learn more about Uptime.

  1. To create your first Uptime Check, click the Create a new Uptime Check button on the Uptime landing page. If you’ve already created a check, the Create Uptime Check button will be in the upper portion of the page, above your list of existing checks.

    screenshot of the 'Create Uptime Check' button above the Uptime Checks list

    This takes you to the Create Uptime Check page.

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  2. Choose the type of check to perform. The default is https. The options are:

    • https: perform checks over HTTPS, including certificate expiry monitoring. Any HTTP response code outside of the 200–299 “success” range will count as an outage.
    • http: perform checks over plain HTTP. Any HTTP response code outside of the 200–299 “success” range will count as an outage.
    • ping: perform an ICMP ping check, useful for hosts that aren’t running a web server.
  3. Specify the check endpoint. This is typically an https or http URL. For ping checks, it is a hostname ( or IP address (

  4. Choose the regions you’d like to perform the check from. By default, all regions are selected. If you have no customers or users in a particular region, you can deselect that region to reduce the possibility of alert fatigue from unimportant events.

    The following regions are available:

    • Asia East
    • Europe
    • USA East
    • USA West

    You must select one or more regions.

  5. Enter a name for the check.

  6. Press the Create button. Your Uptime check is created and its status page loads, pending data from the first checks.

    screenshot of an example Uptime check with a blank dashboard

    As results start coming in, the latency graph populates with data, but you will need to refresh the page to get up-to-date check status information.