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I’m trying to make use of the latest version of ApacheBench (2.4.3) to perform some benchmarking against my local server. Unfortunately, it seems to be broke as hell.

$ ab -n 100000 http://localhost:3000/analytics
This is ApacheBench, Version 2.3 <$Revision: 1373084 $>
Copyright 1996 Adam Twiss, Zeus Technology Ltd, http://www.zeustech.net/
Licensed to The Apache Software Foundation, http://www.apache.org/

Benchmarking localhost (be patient)
apr_socket_recv: Connection refused (61)

Interestingly, the output of the command tells me that I’m using ab 2.3, when the HomeBrew build version is 2.4.3:

brew info ab
ab: stable 2.4.3

I find that ApacheBench generally doesn’t work very well, especially under OS X. There’s all sorts of quirks (If benchmarking the root of a site, a slash must be added or ab will error out). The most annoying part is that OS X doesn’t have a good way to allow more open ports from a single process.

Does anyone know how to get this tool working again? Or, does anyone know of a better alternative?

Thomas Hunter II

Thomas is the author of Advanced Microservices and a prolific public speaker with a passion for reducing complex problems into simple language and diagrams. His career includes working at Fortune 50's in the Midwest, co-founding a successful startup, and everything in between.