If you’ve been looking for a selfhosted server monitoring and uptime detector, look no further than Uptime Kuma.

Uptime Kuma is a relatively new player player in the uptime monitoring space. It’s a great replacement for Statping, which is no longer being developed and has numerous breaking bugs (for example, not receiving alerts or the dashboard not showing up/down changes until you refresh your browser). Considering I want a self-hosted uptime monitoring application instead of a paid/hosted service like Uptime Robot, Uptime Kuma fits my needs perfectly. Up until now, I’ve been using Home Assistant to monitor servers.

Follow this guide to install Uptime Kuma in Docker. Within 5 minutes, you can have the container created and have already added all of your sites and services to it.

Considering this is such a new project with regular updates, I expect some things to change over time as well as additional features.

Step 1: SSH into Docker

Open your SSH client of choice (I’m using Termius, but Putty works great as well.).

Then, navigate to the folder you wish to install the container. I put all my containers in the /srv/config directory, so I’m going to navigate there.

cd /srv/config

Step 2: Create an Uptime Kuma directory

mkdir uptime-kuma

Then, navigate inside the /srv/config/uptime-kuma directory using:

cd /srv/config/uptime-kuma

Step 3: Create a Volume

Then type this to create a volume:

sudo docker volume create uptime-kuma

Step 4: Create the Uptime Kuma Container

Once the volume is created, create the container with the command below. If you’d like to change the default port from 3001 to something else, change it under the green section.

In red, change the path to the location you’d like the data to be stored

docker run -d --restart=always -p 8008:3001 -v /srv/config/uptime-kuma:/app/data --name uptimekuma louislam/uptime-kuma

Step 5: Start the Container

sudo docker start uptimekuma

You should now be able to launch uptime kuma from your docker IP and port you specified (i.e. –

Step 6: Uptime Kuma Initial Setup

Create a username and password, and then log in.

The rest is pretty self-explanatory, but to start you’ll want to add a few devices to monitor.

For this demo, I’m going to add Plex as my first monitored application. The heartbeat intervals defaults to 60 seconds but can go as low as 20.

In just a few seconds, you can add all of your self-hosted applications like this. And if something goes down, it shows on the webpage:

Currently, you can monitor the following types: https/https, TCP port, Ping, or https-keyword.

Step 7: Configure Notifications

Notifications can be configured on a per-monitor level. So, if you want some notifications to go to email, but others to go to Telegram, you can do that.

To setup a notification, click into a monitored site and then click Setup Notification. Currently, you can configure alerts and notifications to telegram, webooks, email (SMTP), and Discord.

I’ve only used Telegram so far, but so far it works great so I assume the rest work perfectly as well. If you’d like to send server notifications to Telegram, you can follow my How To Setup a Telegram Notification Bot guide.

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  1. Thank you Danny. Small comment to say the link to the Telegram Bot redirects to your home page 🙂

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