I'd like some tools for ubuntu that I can use to test my server, how much it can handle.

Any suggestions? I've used apache benchmark before, but I'd like to try out something else.

(As a side question, does apache benchmark work if I'm only using nginx?)

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ab only sends web requests, it doesn't care what the server is that it is testing. However, it only tests one page.

There is perfmeter, siege, httpload, jmeter and a number of others.

httpload is rather nice since you can feed it a series of URLs that will be tested.


ab is too slow for benchmarking nginx. I'd recommend wrk. You can easily build it from source.

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    thank you! exactly what I was looking for. in compare to others tools like this wrk does it's job better – Northys Oct 14 '15 at 17:11

I'd recommend siege for easy-to-setup load tests. Additional to apache benchmark you can give it a list of URLs to load test against.

A simple command like

siege -d10 -c10 -i -f urls.txt

and a urls.txt like e.g.


will run a load test with 10 concurrent users (-c10), wait up to 10 seconds between each call and the next (-d10), and takes randomly (-i) an URL from the file (-f).

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