Health Checks and Graceful Shutdown

Graceful shutdown

When you deploy a new version of your application, you must replace the previous version. The process manager you’re using will first send a SIGTERM signal to the application to notify it that it will be killed. Once the application gets this signal, it should stop accepting new requests, finish all the ongoing requests, clean up the resources it used, including database connections and file locks then exit.


const server = app.listen(port)

process.on('SIGTERM', () => {
  debug('SIGTERM signal received: closing HTTP server')
  server.close(() => {
    debug('HTTP server closed')

Health checks

A load balancer uses health checks to determine if an application instance is healthy and can accept requests. For example, Kubernetes has two health checks: