16 Aug 2010 No Comments
We started with Apache Bench (ab) which worked well enough until we realized that it wasn’t doing ssl. The address uses https protocol. So I did a bit of research and found seige. It’s an ideal tool for this purpose – easy to use from the command line and also supports a configuration file.
Here’s some basic instructions to get it up and running on CentOS 5:
- Get the latest version:
$ wget ftp://ftp.joedog.org/pub/siege/siege-latest.tar.gz
- expand the archive
- make sure you have the ssl libs installed:
$ sudo yum install mod_ssl openssl
- cd into the siege directory
- build and install:
sudo make install
- Note: the instructions suggest installing the tool in a more obvious place that the default, but I didn’t do that.
- Now you can copy the sample siegerc to your home directory to change the default options:
$ cp docs/siegerc ~/.siegerc
$ cd ~
$ vim .siegerc
- The default siegerc file is well documented and easy to configure.
- Time to run it:
$ siege https://www.[yoursecuresite].???
Here’s an example summary report that you get after the test is done or stopped:
HTTP/1.1 200 0.08 secs: 7914 bytes ==> /index.html
Lifting the server siege... done.
Transactions: 311 hits
Availability: 100.00 %
Elapsed time: 1.13 secs
Data transferred: 2.35 MB
Response time: 0.11 secs
Transaction rate: 275.22 trans/sec
Throughput: 2.08 MB/sec
Successful transactions: 311
Failed transactions: 0
Longest transaction: 0.35
Shortest transaction: 0.02