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Does anyone know of a Nagios plugin or cli program that can simulate the load time of a webpage as it would be in a browser.

For example the resulting total load time of something like Pingdom's Full Page Test or the timeline you get from firebug.

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Selenium is the defacto standard for full-browser-render testing, so take a look at the check_selenium plugin

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One major plus for this choice is that the website link for the plugin links to a blog with SF flair on it :-) –  Kyle Brandt Feb 7 '11 at 15:31

Could you script a browser? You might be able to use AppleScript to tell Safari to load the page and time it, if you are running on a Mac.

I don't know if this is close enough to a 'real' browser for your purposes, but another option is to use HTMLUnit, which is a Java library that is used for things such as User Acceptance Testing, Screen Scraping, and so-on. You could use the same library to time how long it takes for a page to load, but obviously this is a Java engine rather than a real browser so the performance may not be representative of what any particular user experiences. You may also not want to run Java-based Nagios scripts.

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Nagios Exchange has a simple PHP-based plugin which checks the load time of a webpage and reports if it takes longer than a specificed period of time. It is called "Check Website Speed"

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But that does not include images and scripts –  FrankPython Feb 7 '11 at 15:37

Maybe Selenium-RC and this? IANAWD/IANAWP, so I cannot say for sure. I have just heard a lot of good things and Selenium before.

EDIT: Yeah, I'm the kind of idiot that did not read the first answer, but proceeded to recycle it. Apologies everybody.

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You can create a Nagios check script that starts a web browser. Selenium or the iMacros Firefox/Chrome addons will work fine for that purpose. Both are free and open-source.

Example: Start iMacros for Firefox via the command line and run a small macro like

VERSION BUILD=7110203 RECORDER=FX
TAB T=1
URL GOTO=http://serverfault.com/
TAG POS=1 TYPE=H1 ATTR=ID:h-top-questions

=> This will give you the exact page load time in Firefox or Chrome. Plus, you can use the same setup for transaction monitoring.

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