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Go client to the Chaos Monkey REST API that can be used to trigger and retrieve chaos events.

This project was started for the purpose of controlled failure injection during GameDay events.


First of all, you need a running Simian Army that exposes its REST API via HTTP.

In order to trigger chaos events via the API, Chaos Monkey must be unleashed and on-demand termination must be enabled via these configuration properties:

simianarmy.chaos.leashed = false
simianarmy.chaos.terminateOndemand.enabled = true

If you plan to use the REST API only, you should also disable all scheduled terminations:

simianarmy.chaos.asg.enabled = false



If you're on Mac OS X, the easiest way to get the chaosmonkey command-line tool is via Homebrew:

brew tap mlafeldt/formulas
brew install chaosmonkey

You can also build the tool from source, provided you have Go installed:

go get -u


Use the tool to:

  • Trigger a new chaos event:

    chaosmonkey -endpoint \
        -group ExampleAutoScalingGroup -strategy ShutdownInstance
  • Trigger the same event 5 times at intervals of 10 seconds, with a probability of 20% per event:

    chaosmonkey -endpoint \
        -group ExampleAutoScalingGroup -strategy ShutdownInstance \
        -count 5 -interval 10s -probability 0.2

    This is useful to terminate more than one EC2 instance of an auto scaling group.

  • Get a list of past chaos events:

    chaosmonkey -endpoint
  • List available chaos strategies, which you may pass to -strategy:

    chaosmonkey -list-strategies
  • List all auto scaling groups for a given AWS account, which you may then pass to -group:

    export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=...
    export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=...
    export AWS_REGION=...
    export AWS_ROLE=...
    chaosmonkey -list-groups
  • Wipe state of Chaos Monkey by deleting its SimpleDB domain (named SIMIAN_ARMY by default):

    export AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID=...
    export AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY=...
    export AWS_REGION=...
    export AWS_ROLE=...
    chaosmonkey -wipe-state SIMIAN_ARMY

    Warning: Requires a restart of Chaos Monkey.

As always, invoke chaosmonkey -h for a list of all available options.

In addition to command-line options, the tool also understands these environment variables:

  • CHAOSMONKEY_ENDPOINT - the same as -endpoint
  • CHAOSMONKEY_USERNAME - the same as -username
  • CHAOSMONKEY_PASSWORD - the same as -password

Use with Docker

This Docker image allows you to deploy Chaos Monkey with a single command:

docker run -it --rm -p 8080:8080 \

Afterwards, you can use chaosmonkey to talk to the dockerized Chaos Monkey:

chaosmonkey -endpoint http://$DOCKER_HOST_IP:8080 ...

Go library

In addition to the CLI tool, the project also provides the chaosmonkey Go library for use in other Go projects. To install it from source:

go get -u

For usage and examples, see the Godoc documentation.

Further resources


This project is being developed by Mathias Lafeldt.