How to troubleshoot HTTP request performance with curl statistics

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When troubleshooting a performance issue with a web-based endpoint, it's important to have metrics that assist in understanding what areas are related.

This is where using a lightweight tool like curl, and it's ability to write out the statistics of a request can be very useful.

Pre-requisites

You will just need curl installed and available from the location performing the test.

Steps

Download the format file to use with curl:

curl -OLs https://raw.githubusercontent.com/rancherlabs/support-tools/master/files/curl-format.txt

You should now have a curl-format.txt file locally in the current directory.

Using the file and the -w flag, perform the desired request to the service, the example below displays the headers and statistics.

curl -I -w "@curl-format.txt" https://rancher.com

Timing statistics will be output with each run of the command, measurements are recorded in seconds.

Note: run the command from a location that provides an accurate reproduction of the issue, to simulate the issue as closely as possible. Using the same request parameters are important - like the path and headers that might be used by client applications.

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