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This is the Go client library for the Toxiproxy API. Please read the usage section in the Toxiproxy README before attempting to use the client.

This client is compatible with Toxiproxy 2.x, for the latest 1.x client see v1.2.1.

Changes in Toxiproxy-go Client 2.x

In order to make use of the 2.0 api, and to make usage a little easier, the client api has changed:

  • client.NewProxy() no longer accepts a proxy as an argument.
  • proxy.Create() is removed in favour of using proxy.Save().
  • Proxies can be created in a single call using client.CreateProxy().
  • proxy.Disable() and proxy.Enable() have been added to simplify taking down a proxy.
  • proxy.ToxicsUpstream and proxy.ToxicsDownstream have been merged into a single ActiveToxics list.
  • `proxy.Toxics()`` no longer requires a direction to be specified, and will return toxics for both directions.
  • proxy.SetToxic() has been replaced by proxy.AddToxic(), proxy.UpdateToxic(), and proxy.RemoveToxic().


For detailed API docs please see the Godoc documentation.

First import toxiproxy and create a new client:

import "github.com/Shopify/toxiproxy/client"

client := toxiproxy.NewClient("localhost:8474")

You can then create a new proxy using the client:

proxy := client.CreateProxy("redis", "localhost:26379", "localhost:6379")

For large amounts of proxies, they can also be created using a configuration file:

var config []toxiproxy.Proxy
data, _ := ioutil.ReadFile("config.json")
json.Unmarshal(data, &config)
proxies, err = client.Populate(config)
  "name": "redis",
  "listen": "localhost:26379",
  "upstream": "localhost:6379"

Toxics can be added as follows:

// Add 1s latency to 100% of downstream connections
proxy.AddToxic("latency_down", "latency", "downstream", 1.0, toxiproxy.Attributes{
    "latency": 1000,

// Change downstream latency to add 100ms of jitter
proxy.UpdateToxic("latency_down", 1.0, toxiproxy.Attributes{
    "jitter": 100,

// Remove the latency toxic

The proxy can be taken down using Disable():


When a proxy is no longer needed, it can be cleaned up with Delete():


Full Example

import (


var toxiClient *toxiproxy.Client
var proxies map[string]*toxiproxy.Proxy

func init() {
    var err error
    toxiClient = toxiproxy.NewClient("localhost:8474")
    proxies, err = toxiClient.Populate([]toxiproxy.Proxy{{
        Name:     "redis",
        Listen:   "localhost:26379",
        Upstream: "localhost:6379",
    if err != nil {
    // Alternatively, create the proxies manually with
    // toxiClient.CreateProxy("redis", "localhost:26379", "localhost:6379")

func TestRedisBackendDown(t *testing.T) {
    defer proxies["redis"].Enable()

    // Test that redis is down
    _, err := redis.Dial("tcp", ":26379")
    if err == nil {
        t.Fatal("Connection to redis did not fail")

func TestRedisBackendSlow(t *testing.T) {
    proxies["redis"].AddToxic("", "latency", "", 1, toxiproxy.Attributes{
        "latency": 1000,
    defer proxies["redis"].RemoveToxic("latency_downstream")

    // Test that redis is slow
    start := time.Now()
    conn, err := redis.Dial("tcp", ":26379")
    if err != nil {
        t.Fatal("Connection to redis failed", err)

    _, err = conn.Do("GET", "test")
    if err != nil {
        t.Fatal("Redis command failed", err)
    } else if time.Since(start) < 900*time.Millisecond {
        t.Fatal("Redis command did not take long enough:", time.Since(start))

func TestEphemeralProxy(t *testing.T) {
    proxy, _ := toxiClient.CreateProxy("test", "", "google.com:80")
    defer proxy.Delete()

    // Test connection through proxy.Listen
    resp, err := http.Get("http://" + proxy.Listen)
    if err != nil {
    } else if resp.StatusCode != 200 {
        t.Fatal("Proxy to google failed:", resp.StatusCode)