Puppet Server: Status API: Simple

The simple endpoint of Puppet Server’s Status API provides a simple indication of whether Puppet Server is running on a server. It’s designed for load balancers that don’t support any kind of JSON parsing or parameter setting and returns a simple string body (either the state of the server or a simple error message) and a status code relevant to the result.

The content type for this endpoint is text/plain; charset=utf-8.

GET /status/v1/simple

(Introduced in Puppet Server 2.6.0)

Supported HTTP methods


Supported formats

Plain text

Query parameters



The simple endpoint’s response consists of a single word describing Puppet Server’s status:

  • running, if and only if the Puppet Server service is running
  • error, if the service reports an error
  • unknown, if the service reports an unknown state, but doesn’t report an error

Requests to this endpoint return one of the following status codes:

  • 200 if and only if the Puppet Server service reports a status of running
  • 503 if the service’s status is unknown or error

Example request and response for a GET request

GET /status/v1/simple

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: application/json



Requests to the simple endpoint are authorized by the Trapperkeeper-based authorization process as of Puppet Server 5.3.0. For more information about the supported Puppet Server authorization processes and configuration settings, see the auth.conf documentation.

One may also restrict access to the status service by changing the client-auth setting to required for the webserver. See Configuring the Webserver Service for more information on the client-auth setting.