Shell Script To Auto Restart Apache HTTPD When it Goes Down / Dead

in Categories HTTP, Web Server last updated July 22, 2008

Here is a simple shell script tested on CentOS / RHEL / Fedora / Debian / Ubuntu Linux. Should work under any other UNIX liker operating system. It will check for httpd pid using pgrep command

pgrep command

pgrep looks through the currently running processes and lists the process IDs which matches the selection criteria to screen. If no process found it will simply return exit status 0 (zero).

Download the script and set cronjob as follows:
*/5 * * * * /path/to/ >/dev/null 2>&1

Sample script

# Apache Process Monitor
# Restart Apache Web Server When It Goes Down
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
# Copyright (c) 2003 nixCraft project <>
# This script is licensed under GNU GPL version 2.0 or above
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
# This script is part of nixCraft shell script collection (NSSC)
# Visit for more information.
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
# RHEL / CentOS / Fedora Linux restart command
RESTART="/sbin/service httpd restart"
# uncomment if you are using Debian / Ubuntu Linux
#RESTART="/etc/init.d/apache2 restart"
#path to pgrep command
# Httpd daemon name,
# Under RHEL/CentOS/Fedora it is httpd
# Under Debian 4.x it is apache2
# find httpd pid
if [ $? -ne 0 ] # if apache not running 
 # restart apache

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  1. I am not a big fan of greping httpd in process list to see if httpd server is running or not. There can be several httpd services installed. Two options are either the status module, or this bash script to the extent that you known the full path to your httpd bin folder:

    function isapup(){
    pid=$($1/bin/apachectl -S | grep PidFile | awk ‘{print $2}’) # retrieve the expected path of the process id file
    pid=${pid:1:`expr ${#pid} – 2`} # get rid of the quotes
    up=$(ls $pid 2> /dev/null) # see if process id file exists

    if [ ! “$up” ]
    return 1

    isapup /opt/httpd/2.4.0

    if [ $? -eq 1 ] # if isapup returned 1
    echo Starting Apache
    /opt/httpd/2.4.0/bin/apachectl start

  2. If adapting this for other processes add an -x flag to force pgrep to match the process name exactly


    The name of my script contains the name of the the process to pgrep was giving a false positive when the process wasn’t running.

  3. You made mistake in crontab entry. It will not work.

    You should specify user which will execute the script:

    This crontab is correct (CentOS):

    */5 * * * * root /path/to/ >/dev/null 2>&1

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