Design - Software Engineering

Graceful server shutdown

Avoid disrupting ongoing requests by shutting down gracefully. In the below example Ctrl-c can be used to signal an interrupt which tells a listening http.Server to shutdown.

Register the graceful part of the server.
Important to wait for graceful stop to end.
func main() {
	done := make(chan bool)
	graceful := func() {
		// close everything before signaling done
		fmt.Println("Closing down ...")
		done <- true

	srv := http.Server{
		Addr:    ":8080",
		Handler: &http.ServeMux{},
	go stopOn(&srv, os.Kill, os.Interrupt)

	err := srv.ListenAndServe()
	if err != nil {
	// Wait for graceful to complete

// stopOn calls Shutdown on the server for the given signals
func stopOn(srv *http.Server, signals ...os.Signal) {
	c := make(chan os.Signal, 1)
	signal.Notify(c, signals...)
	sig := <-c
	fmt.Printf("%v\n", sig)

Remember that you could expose the Shutdown func of your server through an URL to simplify clean shutdown. Useful for when you are doing continuous integration and deployment.