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README.md

uhttpc - µHTTP client library

uhttpc is a simple low-level and lightweight Haskell HTTP 1.1 library providing the bare minimum required for HTTP benchmarking purposes.

This is not a RFC compliant HTTP client library and shall not be used as a general purpose HTTP implementation!

uhttpc-bench

This Cabal package comes with an executable uhttpc-bench which represents an ab/weighttpd-style HTTP benchmarking tool:

uhttpc-bench - a Haskell-based ab/weighttp-style webserver benchmarking tool

Simple HTTP benchmark tool similiar to ab and weighttp

uttpc-bench [OPTIONS] <url>

Common flags:
  -n=num                     number of requests    (default: 1)
  -t=num                     threadcount           (default: 1)
  -c=num                     concurrent clients    (default: 1)
  -k                         enable keep alive
          --csv=FILE         dump request timings as CSV (RFC4180) file
          --user-agent=ITEM  specify User-Agent    (default: "httpc-bench")
  -H=str                     add header to request
  -v      --verbose          enable more verbose statistics and output
          --no-stats         disable statistics
  -p=FILE                    perform POST request with file-content as body
  -l=FILE                    perform a POST request per line, no quoting,
                             round-robin, each client independently
  -?      --help             Display help message
  -V      --version          Print version information

How to use it

First, install the uhttpc package (This requires GHC 7.6.x or later)

$ cabal install uhttpc

A simple example invocation:

$ uhttpc-bench -n 100000 -t1 -c3 -k http://localhost/

uhttpc-bench - a Haskell-based ab/weighttp-style webserver benchmarking tool

starting benchmark...
finished in 2.314289 seconds, 100000 reqs (3 conns), 43209.8 req/s received
status codes: 100000 HTTP-200
data received: 36205.098 KiB/s, 85800000 bytes total (24600000 bytes http + 61200000 bytes content)
rtt min/avg/max = 0.034/0.068/4.252 ms

For comparison, weighttp can be invoked with the very same arguments (in this case at least):

$ weighttp  -n 100000 -t1 -c3 -k http://localhost/

weighttp - a lightweight and simple webserver benchmarking tool

starting benchmark...
spawning thread #1: 3 concurrent requests, 100000 total requests

finished in 2 sec, 333 millisec and 421 microsec, 42855 req/s, 35908 kbyte/s
requests: 100000 total, 100000 started, 100000 done, 100000 succeeded, 0 failed, 0 errored
status codes: 100000 2xx, 0 3xx, 0 4xx, 0 5xx
traffic: 85800000 bytes total, 24600000 bytes http, 61200000 bytes data

Another example invocation of uhttpc-bench:

$ uhttpc-bench http://www.google.com/ -v -c8 -n1000

uhttpc-bench - a Haskell-based ab/weighttp-style webserver benchmarking tool

using 88-byte request header (+ 0-byte body):
 "GET / HTTP/1.1\r\nHost: www.google.com:80\r\nUser-Agent: uhttpc-bench\r\nConnection: close\r\n\r\n"

starting benchmark...

per-client stats:

 client spawned +0.000008 s, 125 reqs (125 conns), 8.1 req/s, finished in 15.369619 s
 rtt min/avg/med/max = 99.586/122.902/122.109/167.193 ms

 client spawned +0.000258 s, 125 reqs (125 conns), 8.1 req/s, finished in 15.383278 s
 rtt min/avg/med/max = 100.494/123.012/121.648/184.555 ms

 client spawned +0.000292 s, 125 reqs (125 conns), 8.1 req/s, finished in 15.365843 s
 rtt min/avg/med/max = 98.721/122.872/121.668/163.810 ms

 client spawned +0.000327 s, 124 reqs (124 conns), 8.1 req/s, finished in 15.346788 s
 rtt min/avg/med/max = 103.008/123.709/122.834/174.003 ms

 client spawned +0.000366 s, 126 reqs (126 conns), 8.2 req/s, finished in 15.367205 s
 rtt min/avg/med/max = 95.255/121.907/120.736/152.943 ms

 client spawned +0.000403 s, 124 reqs (124 conns), 8.1 req/s, finished in 15.357957 s
 rtt min/avg/med/max = 97.730/123.800/123.569/162.326 ms

 client spawned +0.000434 s, 125 reqs (125 conns), 8.1 req/s, finished in 15.388717 s
 rtt min/avg/med/max = 103.056/123.055/121.961/162.419 ms

 client spawned +0.000461 s, 126 reqs (126 conns), 8.2 req/s, finished in 15.394365 s
 rtt min/avg/med/max = 102.114/122.123/121.289/151.520 ms

finished in 15.394867 seconds, 1000 reqs (1000 conns), 65.0 req/s received
status codes: 1000 HTTP-302
data received: 63.498 KiB/s, 1001000 bytes total (783000 bytes http + 218000 bytes content)
rtt 2/9|25/50/75|91/98-th quantile = 103.737/108.696 | 115.124/121.688/129.944 | 137.715/148.159 ms
rtt min/avg/max = 95.255/122.919/184.555 ms

The --csv option allows to export the raw measurement data in format suitable for offline analysis with statistical tools such as R.