Loads — Conterit Omnia Tua Application


by Juan Pablo Bravo

Loads is a tool to load test your HTTP services, including web sockets.

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With Loads, your load tests are classical Python functional tests which are calling the service(s) you want to exercise.

Loads is not asking you to use an ad-hoc API. The tool offers an integration with 3 existing libraries: Requests, WebTest and ws4py. You just need to write your tests using them, and Loads will do the rest.

Loads can run tests from a single box or distributed across many nodes, from the same command line tool. All tests results are coming back to you in real time while the load is progressing.

Since you are using Python to build your tests, you can write very complex scenarii, and use Loads options to run them using as many concurrent users as your hardware (or cloud service) allows you.

Here’s a really simple example where we check that a local Elastic Search server is answering to HTTP calls:

from import TestCase

class TestWebSite(TestCase):

    def test_es(self):
        res = self.session.get('http://localhost:9200')
        self.assertEqual(res.status_code, 200)

The test is also checking that the page is sending back a 200. In case it’s not behaving properly, Loads will let you know.


If you don’t want to write your load tests using Python, or if you want to use any other library to write tests, Loads can be extended. See Plugin-in external runners.

With such a test, running Loads is done by pointing the test_es method:

$ bin/loads-runner example.TestWebSite.test_es
[===============================================]  100%

Hits: 1
Started: 2013-06-14 12:15:42.860586
Duration: 0.03 seconds
Approximate Average RPS: 39
Average request time: 0.01s
Opened web sockets: 0
Bytes received via web sockets : 0

Success: 1
Errors: 0
Failures: 0

See Writing load tests for a complete walkthrough. Loads commands provides a detailed documentation on all the options you can use.

If want to contribute to the project see Contributing.