httpstat: Simple cURL Stats

By  on  

There are a lot of tools out there that do great, advanced things but present them as well as they could be presented.  I wont knock cURL for anything -- it's an amazing tool many of us can't live without;  what I will say, however, is that it's nice having tools on top of cURL for better presentation or extended functionality.

I recently discovered httpstat, which is a single python file which (simply) graphically displays request event timing, from DNS lookup to content transfer:

python httpstat.py https://davidwalsh.name/page/1

httpstat

What you get in the end is an ASCII table showing how long each step took.  Of big interest to me is the "server processing" step -- if this number is large, you can probably do some things to your code or server to speed things up.

Grab httpstat and check out your site speed -- you might not be happy with the numbers!

Recent Features

  • By
    fetch API

    One of the worst kept secrets about AJAX on the web is that the underlying API for it, XMLHttpRequest, wasn't really made for what we've been using it for.  We've done well to create elegant APIs around XHR but we know we can do better.  Our effort to...

  • By
    LightFace:  Facebook Lightbox for MooTools

    One of the web components I've always loved has been Facebook's modal dialog.  This "lightbox" isn't like others:  no dark overlay, no obnoxious animating to size, and it doesn't try to do "too much."  With Facebook's dialog in mind, I've created LightFace:  a Facebook lightbox...

Incredible Demos

  • By
    jQuery Link Nudging

    A few weeks back I wrote an article about MooTools Link Nudging, which is essentially a classy, subtle link animation achieved by adding left padding on mouseover and removing it on mouseout. Here's how to do it using jQuery: The jQuery JavaScript It's important to keep...

  • By
    CSS Transforms

    CSS has become more and more powerful over the past few years and CSS transforms are a prime example. CSS transforms allow for sophisticated, powerful transformations of HTML elements.  One or more transformations can be applied to a given element and transforms can even be animated...

Discussion

  1. Hi David, the utility is also available via Homebrew for Mac users.

    Cheers.

  2. Loris

    Off Topic: what is the colour scheme of the terminal in the screenshot?

    • David

      Looks like solarized with a darker background color.

  3. Renok

    There is also a node module wrapper for this up on NPM, works like a charm.

    https://www.npmjs.com/package/httpstat

  4. Awesome script! I’ve always relied on speedgun.io to generate similar stats, but it needs phantomjs.

    Sometimes I just need download info, and this looks like a great option.

Wrap your code in <pre class="{language}"></pre> tags, link to a GitHub gist, JSFiddle fiddle, or CodePen pen to embed!