Detect if a server is up or down; Web Server, Game Server, any port


Monitoring Services is requires constant attention, so sys admins try to make the job easy by using a monitoring service. What if you wanted to monitor a service via a website. Well thanks to the best code language, php, there is a simple way to do this.

$ip = "youriphere";
$port = "yourporthere";
if (! $sock = @fsockopen($ip, $port, $num, $error, 5))
echo ‘<B><FONT COLOR=red>Offline</b></FONT>';
echo ‘<B><FONT COLOR=lime>Online</b></FONT>';

The above code will watch a service on a specific IP and on a specific port. Depending on the system ping the php code will echo “offline” or “online”. Simple.

What if you wanted to use images like a red button…

// Set the content-type
header("Content-type: image/gif");
$fontsize = 18;
if(@$_GET[‘fontsize’]) {
$fontsize = $_GET[‘fontsize’];
$font = ‘yourcustomfont.ttf';
$text = @$_GET[‘text’];
// Create the image
$size = imagettfbbox($fontsize, 0, $font, $text);
$width = $size[2] + $size[0] + 8;
$height = abs($size[1]) + abs($size[7]);
$im = imagecreate($width, $height);
$colourBlack = imagecolorallocate($im, 255, 255, 255);
imagecolortransparent($im, $colourBlack);
// Create some colors
$white = imagecolorallocate($im, 255, 255, 255);
$black = imagecolorallocate($im, 0, 0, 0);
// Add the text
imagefttext($im, $fontsize, 0, 0, abs($size[5]), $black, $font, $text);
// Using imagepng() results in clearer text compared with

Or you can even use the first code example to echo html code for an image.

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