ATTENTION: This project has several open pull requests and is in need of a maintainer! If you have experience with EC2, Python and load testing tools and would be interested in taking it over, please open a ticket telling us why and we’ll get back to you. Thanks!
Bees with Machine Guns!
A utility for arming (creating) many bees (micro EC2 instances) to attack (load test) targets (web applications).
Also, retribution for this shameful act against a proud hive.
- Python 2.6
Installation for users
pip install beeswithmachineguns
or, if you must:
Installation for developers (w/ virtualenv + virtualenvwrapper)
git clone git://github.com/newsapps/beeswithmachineguns.git cd beeswithmachineguns mkvirtualenv --no-site-packages bees easy_install pip pip install -r requirements.txt
Configuring EC2 credentials
Bees uses boto to communicate with EC2 and thus supports all the same methods of storing credentials that it does. These include declaring environment variables, machine-global configuration files, and per-user configuration files. You can read more about these options on boto’s configuration page.
A typical bees session looks something like this:
bees up -s 4 -g public -k frakkingtoasters bees attack -n 10000 -c 250 -u http://www.ournewwebbyhotness.com/ bees down
This spins up 4 servers in security group ‘public’ using the EC2 keypair ‘frakkingtoasters’, whose private key is expected to reside at ~/.ssh/frakkingtoasters.pem.
Note: the default EC2 security group is called ‘default’ and by default it locks out SSH access. I recommend creating a ‘public’ security group for use with the bees and explicitly opening port 22 on that group.
Note 2: Always include a trailing slash when testing a root domain. The underlying load-testing tool (ab) doesn’t support raw domains.
It then uses those 4 servers to send 10,000 requests, 250 at a time, to attack OurNewWebbyHotness.com.
Lastly, it spins down the 4 servers. Please remember to do this—we aren’t responsible for your EC2 bills.
For complete options type:
The caveat! (PLEASE READ)
(The following was cribbed from our original blog post about the bees.)
If you decide to use the Bees, please keep in mind the following important caveat: they are, more-or-less a distributed denial-of-service attack in a fancy package and, therefore, if you point them at any server you don’t own you will behaving unethically, have your Amazon Web Services account locked-out, and be liable in a court of law for any downtime you cause.
You have been warned.
Please log your bugs on the Github issues tracker.
Initial refactoring code and inspiration from Jeff Larson.
Thanks to everyone who reported bugs against the alpha release.