The Status site

The Zotonic “status” site is the first thing you see once you have installed Zotonic, when you do not have any sites configured yet. This is what it looks like:


This site is also the fallback site for Zotonic.

Since Zotonic supports virtual hosting, it uses the HTTP Host: parameter to see which site should be served at which URL. If it does not find a Host: header, or if the host header does not correspond to any known Zotonic site, it shows the zotonic_status site instead.

Logging in

Upon first visit, the site shows a friendly message, which tells visitors that the site they are looking at has probably not been configured correctly yet.

Pressing the Manage this server button will bring up the login dialog.

The username for the status site is wwwadmin. The password is automatically generated and stored in ~/.config/zotonic/config/[release]/zotonic.config, where [release] is the Zotonic release number, like 1.0.

You can see the password by executing:

bin/zotonic config

You can see the location of the config files with:

bin/zotonic configfiles

When logged in to the Zotonic status site, you can manage the running sites on the system: starting, stopping and upgrading them.


The “update” buttons only appear when the site (or Zotonic itself) is under Mercurial or Git revision control. These buttons do a “pull” from the repository and then rebuild the system.

Getting the global sites status

The Zotonic status site exposes an API service to check whether all Zotonic sites are running:

curl -k ''

The option -k was used because the status site is using a self-signed certificate.

If all sites are running, it returns:


If one or more sites are failing then it returns:

{"error":"fail","message":"Not all sites are running.","status":"error"}

"Running" means that a site’s status is not "retrying" or "failed"; it ignores sites that are manually stopped or disabled.

This API service can be plugged in to a service like to monitor the availability of all hosted sites at once.

Restarting sites

Alternatively, from the Zotonic shell: