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# `ping` 🏓

Easily ping (wake) an idle Heroku App from slumber.

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## Why? 🤷

We have _several_ demo/example/tutorial Apps deployed in services like [`Heroku`]( or [``](
In some of these (and other) services,
on their "free" tier, 
apps go to sleep after a period of inactivity.


In order to wake them,
we wrote a few lines of code that can be added to any
Elixir/Phoenix App and invoked as an image
in the `` of the project that links to the App.
So the app is ready to go by the time the person
_reading_ the `` clicks on the link. 🔗

We had implemented the "wake from sleep" endpoint
several times in our Apps 
(e.g. see [`dwyl/email`](

After copy-pasting the code a couple of times,
we decided to make it a DRY reusable package
that we can use in our _next_ app(s)!

## What? 💡

An easy way for us to wake our Elixir apps
when deployed in cloud services like ``.

Particularly useful when you want to pre-emptively 
wake your suspended/sleeping/inactive deployed application
when people read your project's `README`.

## Who? 👤

This package is for anyone building
an Elixir/Phoenix app that is deployed in services that allow you to run full-stack applications
like ``.

# How? 💻

Add `ping` to your Phoenix App
and use it to wake your App in 4 easy steps:

## 1. Installation 📝

Install by adding `ping` to your list of dependencies in `mix.exs`:

def deps do
    {:ping, "~> 1.1.0"},


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## 2. Create a `get /ping` Route in your `router.ex`

Open the `router.ex` file of your Phoenix project
and add the following route to your default pipeline:

get "/ping", PingController, :ping


## 3. Create the `ping/2` Function in your Controller

defmodule AppWeb.PingController do
  use AppWeb, :controller

  # see:
  def ping(conn, params) do
    Ping.render_pixel(conn, params)


You can either create a brand new controller,
or use an existing one if you prefer. <br />
We've created a new controller for clarity/separation.

### 3.b Create the Corresponding Test (Optional+Recommended)

Create the corresponding test file
to keep your Test coverage complete:

defmodule AppWeb.PingControllerTest do
  use AppWeb.ConnCase

  test "GET /ping (GIF) renders 1x1 pixel", %{conn: conn} do
    conn = get(conn, Routes.ping_path(conn, :ping))
    assert conn.status == 200
    assert conn.state == :sent
    assert conn.resp_body =~ <<71, 73, 70, 56, 57>>


## 4. Add a `GIF` to the `` of the App

Add an image linking to the endpoint of the App
to the `` file:


e.g: [pull/5/files](


> The GIF is a _transparent_ 1x1 pixel,
so it's both minimal in size
to minimise response time
and _invisible_ to the person.
The idea is just to make the most basic HTTP request
to the app in order to wake it.
We don't actually care what is returned.
But we don't want it to `404`
so the person reading the ``
doesn't see an error in their console/browser.

Docs available at
But there's really not much to it.