httperf is an open source tool for measuring web server performance. It provides a flexible facility for generating various HTTP workloads and for measuring server performance.
The focus of httperf is not on implementing one particular benchmark but on providing a robust, high-performance tool that facilitates the construction of both micro- and macro-level benchmarks. The three distinguishing characteristics of httperf are its robustness, which includes the ability to generate and sustain server overload, support for the HTTP/1.1 and SSL protocols, and its extensibility to new workload generators and performance measurements.
httperf was originally developed by David Mosberger and other staff at Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories.
- Robust – the ability to generate and sustain server overload.
- Speaks the HTTP protocol both in its HTTP/1.0 and HTTP/1.1 flavors.
- URL generation.
- Burst support.
- Think times.
- GET/POST queries in the session file.
- Different concurrency rates.
- Offers a variety of workload generators.
- Test HTTP pipelining workloads.
- Keeps track of a number of performance metrics that are summarized in the form of statistics that are printed at the end of a test run.
Developer: Ted Bullock, Tai Jin, David Mosberger, Martin Arlitt, Stephane Eranian, Richard Carter
License: GNU General Public License v2.0
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