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wrecker is an HTTP benchmarking library and executable for profiling several API actions.


There are plenty of HTTP profilers in existence: wrk, ab, JMeter, LoadRunner, etc. Most profilers provide some facility for scripting and using the responses of the previous requests for future requests. However, the scripting facility is usually weak and esoteric.

wrecker is designed from the ground-up for scripting complex API sequences sublimely. Benchmarks can utilize a wreq-like interface, perhaps the easiest-to-use Haskell library for HTTP interaction, and quickly create wonderful, typed API clients.

How does it compare to my current http profiling?

If you are happy with your HTTP profiling setup, then wrecker doesn't offer a reason to switch ... it does have an interactive mode.

Wrecker Interactive Command Line

That makes it a little easier to know when to stop.

Quick Start

wrecker provides a simple executable wreck which takes a single URL to profile.

$ wreck http://localhost:3000/root

wreck terminal output

The wreck executable is not that interesting. wrecker is more interesting when used as a library to create a suite of benchmarks.

Similar functionality to wreck can be executed from ghci:

$ ghci
> import Wrecker
> import Network.Wreq.Wrecker
> runOne defaultOptions $ withWreq $ \sess -> get sess "http://localhost:3000/root"

Running with ghci is okay to get a feel for wrecker, but it is recommended that all benchmarks are compiled with optimizations, the threaded library, and run with the RTS options -N -I0 -qg.


wreck produces results that are close to wrk and ab when the number of connections are below 100. As the number of connections increases to 1,000 and 10,000 wrk continues to work well, but wrecker and ab produce inflated numbers.

You can play around with comparing wreck to wrk and ab in the VM created from the provided Vagrant file.

vagrant up && vagrant ssh
cd /vagrant && cabal run example-server -- 10000

The 100000 is the threadDelay for the requests in microseconds.

Example Results
  • 100 Connections
    • wrk -d 10 -t 2 -c 100 http://localhost:3000/root
      • mean: 104.78 ms
      • variance: 0.009 ms
    • ab -t 10 -c 100 http://localhost:3000/root
      • mean: 106.9 ms
      • variance: 0.05 ms
    • wreck --concurrency=100 --run-timed=10 http://localhost:3000/root
      • mean: 105.6 ms
      • variance: 000.17 ms
  • 1000 Connections
    • wrk -d 10 -t 2 -c 100 http://localhost:3000/root
      • mean: 135.42 ms
      • variance: 0.009 ms
    • ab -t 10 -c 100 http://localhost:3000/root
      • mean: 218.61 ms
      • variance: 235.2 ms
    • wreck --concurrency=100 --run-timed=10 http://localhost:3000/root
      • mean: 316.0 ms
      • variance: 000.90 ms

A More Complicated Benchmark

In addition to benchmarking a single URL, the wrecker library can create a suite of benchmarks, each of which can contain multiple endpoints to profile.

The example below uses the wrecker's wreq interface but any http-client based library could be used.

import Wrecker
import Network.Wreq.Wrecker

main = defaultMain
  [ ( "first page"
    , withWreq $ \sess do
        get sess "http://localhost:3000/page1/page1.css"
        get sess "http://localhost:3000/page1/page1.js"
  , ( "second page"
    , withWreq $ \sess do
        get sess "http://localhost:3000/page2/page2.css"
        get sess "http://localhost:3000/page2/page2.js"


wrecker is particularly useful for benchmarking a series of dependent requests. wrecker includes a more complex typed API client example. The tutorial is below, but you can run the examples with the following commands.

  • Run the client and server example with cabal run example
  • Run the client with cabal run example-client
  • Run the serve with cabal run example-server

Create a Typed API Client with wrecker

Here is what a typed API client looks like.

Example Script

testScript :: Int -> Environment -> IO ()
testScript port = withWreq $ \sess -> do
  Root { products
       , login
       , checkout
       }             <- get sess (rootRef port)
  firstProduct : _   <- get sess products
  userRef            <- rpc sess login
                                  ( Credentials
                                    { userName = "[email protected]"
                                    , password = "password"
  User { usersCart } <- get sess userRef
  Cart { items }     <- get sess usersCart

  insert sess items firstProduct
  rpc sess checkout cart


Output from running

cabal build example -- --concurrency=1000 --interactive

Example terminal output

Full Tutorial

Click here to see the full type API tutorial

Memory Use

wrecker calculates statistics incrementally and is able to use a constant amount of memory regardless of the length of time it is run.

Here is a heap snapshot for a thousand concurrent connections

Heap Snapshot