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Modern HTTP/TLS benchmarking tool


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whk - A modern HTTP/TLS benchmarking tool

whk or "whack" is a modern http benchmarking and speed testing tool for http and tls websites. whk is useful for getting reliable timing metrics for a website and to know where the majority of your problems may be in the requests. whk is not useful for load tests and not recommended for that purpose.


$ npm install -g whk


$ whk https://www.somewebsite.com -a 100 -c 10

This will run 100 tests, 10 concurrently against www.somewebsite.com


Running 100 tests @ https://www.somewebsite.com Concurrently running 10 tests Stat Avg Min Max +/- σ +/- ci(95%) Request% DNS 2.61ms 949.51μs 23.35ms ±0 ±0.51ms 2.28% Connect 25.33ms 22.45ms 66.2ms ±0 ±1.17ms 22.1% TLS 29.71ms 22.88ms 65.33ms ±0.01 ±2.33ms 25.91% TTFB 56.69ms 43.59ms 135.01ms ±0.01 ±3.39ms 49.45% TTLB 262.72μs 103.26μs 2.15ms ±0 ±0.05ms 0.22% Total 114.64ms 92.91ms 184.32ms ±0.02 ±4.81ms 100% 100 requests in 1.22s (15.82KB received) Requests/sec: 81.92 Transfer/sec: 12.96KB Warning: you may need to increase the amount of tests (-a) as it has too much variance to be reliable, recommended size: 187


  • DNS is the amount of time taken to lookup the hostname (if applicable, this will be 0 if you specify an ip). This is useful for seeing how DNS resolver affects the time to make a request.
  • Connect is the amount of time that measures the time taken to establish a TCP/IP connection, this begins after the DNS lookup but before the TLS negotiations. This is useful in measuring the network latency of a minimal set of packets.
  • TLS if the connection is over https, this is the amount of time the TLS negotation and handshake took, note this does not use TLS session renegotation. This is useful in comparing different ciphers, TLS verisons, and implementations affect on the performance.
  • TTFB is time to first byte, it's the amount of time from when the request finishes writing, and when the server returns the first byte of the response. This is useful in measuring time taken by the server to process a request (but not the bandwidth to send the request).
  • TTLB is the time to last byte, iths the amount of time from when the first byte was received to when the last byte was received, including http headers. This is useful in measuring the bandwidth speed or content sizes affect on a system. Note that no session use is used to get an accurate measurement.
  • Total is the total time from when the request began to the socket being closed (including any overheads).

Analysis Columns

  • Avg is the average time for the specific measure (the mean)
  • Min is the minimum time found in the sample set
  • Max is the maximum time found in the sample set
  • +/- σ is the standard sample deviation for the set. If you know math it can be useful.
  • +/- ci(95%) is the 95% confidence level. 95% of the values in any future sampling with probably fall inbetween the average value +/- this number. E.g., if the average is 2 and the ci(95%) is 0.5 then there's a 95% probability that any sample will be between 1.5 and 2.5.
  • Request% represents on average percent of time spent in each measurement

Command Line Options

-a, --amount The amount of samples to take. -c, --concurrent Maximum amount of samples to allow at once -X The method to use for the requests -H Add headers to the request -d, --data The data to include in the body of the request --keep-alive Whether to keep alive socket connections --no-delay Whether to buffer read and write data (TCP_NO_DELAY) --insecure, -k Whether to allow insecure (bad TLS certificate/mismatch hostname) connections. --json Print data out in JSON format. Note: time is expressed as an array [s, ns] (see process.hrtime) --help Show help


What is whk?

Modern HTTP/TLS benchmarking tool

Is whk popular?

The npm package whk receives a total of 140 weekly downloads. As such, whk popularity was classified as not popular.

Is whk well maintained?

We found that whk demonstrated a not healthy version release cadence and project activity. It has 1 open source maintainer collaborating on the project.

Last updated on 20 Jun 2018


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