A status page app built on the Google App Engine

sitestatus is an experimental web application that you can use to create a dynamic, self-updating status page for your domain or any arbitrary collection of sites you might want to track the status of.

Make sure you have the prerequisites listed above installed. Next, download the latest version of sitestatus. Unzip the archive to any directory on your file system.

Alternatively, you can clone the git repository by executing

git clone git://

Feel free to fork the repository and develop your own tweaks and features under the conditions of the license (see below).

  1. Go to, log in with your Google Account, and follow the instructions to enable Google App Engine for your account (if you haven’t done so already).
  2. Create a new app, and remember your app’s application identifier.
  3. In app.yaml, replace myapp with the application identifier for your app.
  4. In, change SITE_TITLE from 'My Awesome Status Page' to whatever you actually want to call your site.
  5. Run python deploy and authenticate with your Google Account when prompted.
  6. Run python remote createsuperuser to create a superuser for yourself.
  7. Point your browser to
  8. Change the example status entry from the Datastore Viewer in your application’s Google App Engine dashboard to whatever site you want to track.

It’s that simple! Point your browser to to see your status page!

Update Types

sitestatus features four different ways to check the status of any given site, which you can change by modifying the `update_type` property of the site you want to change in the Datastore Viewer. These are:

  1. none – This is the default update type, which causes the update mechanism to ignore this site and never update its status. Use this for custom statuses like “coming soon”, etc.
  2. status – This is probably the update type you will use most. It tells the update mechanism to send a request to the url in update_url. If the response has a status code of 200 OK, the status will be updated to “online”. Otherwise, it will be updated to “offline”.
  3. title – This update type looks at the title of the webpage at update_url and checks to see if it contains the string in update_title.
  4. content – This update type looks at the entire content of the HTTP response returned by the site at update_url and checks to see if it contains the string in update_content.

Domain Setup

If you have a domain you’d like to host your status page on, you can add a domain to your app by going to the Application Settings page on your Google App Engine dashboard.

Site Themes

sitestatus comes with a bare-bones example template (index.html) that you should feel free to modify and style however you like. If you want to add CSS, Javascript, or other static files, remember to add the appropriate file or directory handlers in app.yaml.

Need Help?

Direct all questions, comments, and bug reports to

sitestatus is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, the full text of which is available in the file GPL in the github repository. For details, please visit