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Doorkeeper for consul discovered services.

Project Description


ianitor is a doorkeeper for your services discovered using consul. It can automatically register new services through consul API and manage TTL health checks.

It provides simple shell command that wraps process and can be simply used in your existing process/service supervision tool like supervisord, circus, runit etc.

Consul/Python versions compatibility

ianitor is compatibile with Python 2.7, 3.3, 3.4, and 3.5 versions. It is also tested against each latest patch version of every major/minor consul release starting from 0.4.1 version.

For details of our test matrix see travis.yml file.

Installation and usage

Simply install with pip:

$ pip install ianitor

And you’re ready to go with:

$ ianitor appname -- ./yourapp --some-switch

You can check if service is registered diggin’ into consul DNS service:

$ dig @localhost -p 8600 appname.service.consul
; <<>> DiG 9.9.3-P1 <<>> @localhost -p 8600 appname.service.consul
; (1 server found)
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 25966
;; flags: qr aa rd; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0
;; WARNING: recursion requested but not available

;appname.service.consul.        IN  A

appname.service.consul. 0   IN  A

;; Query time: 44 msec
;; WHEN: Tue Oct 28 13:53:09 CET 2014
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 78

Full usage:

usage: ianitor [-h] [--consul-agent hostname[:port]] [--ttl seconds]
               [--heartbeat seconds] [--tags tag] [--id ID] [--port PORT] [-v]
               service-name -- command [arguments]

Doorkeeper for consul discovered services.

positional arguments:
  service-name                    service name in consul cluster

optional arguments:
  -h, --help                      show this help message and exit
  --consul-agent=hostname[:port]  set consul agent address
  --ttl=seconds                   set TTL of service in consul cluster
  --heartbeat=seconds             set process poll heartbeat (defaults to
  --tags=tag                      set service tags in consul cluster (can be
                                  used multiple times)
  --id=ID                         set service id - must be node unique
                                  (defaults to service name)
  --port=PORT                     set service port
  -v, --verbose                   enable logging to stdout (use multiple times
                                  to increase verbosity)

How does ianitor work?

ianitor spawns process using python’s subprocess.Popen() with command line specified after -- . It redirects its own stdin to child’s stdin and childs stdout/stderr to his own stdout/stderr.

This way ianitor does not interfere with logging of managed service if it logs to stdout. Moreover ianitor does not log anything to make it easier to plug it in your existing process supervision tool.

ianitor handles service registration in consul agent as well as keeping registered service entry in consul in “healthy” state by continously requesting it’s TTL health check endpoint.

Example supervisord config

Assuming that you have some service under supervisord supervision:



Simply wrap it with ianitor call:

command=/usr/local/bin/ianitor rabbitmq -- /usr/sbin/rabbitmq-server



ianitor is licensed under LGPL license, version 3.

Contributing and reporting bugs

Source code is available at: ClearcodeHQ/ianitor. Issue tracker is located at GitHub Issues. Projects PyPi page.

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