[erlang-questions] What lib to use for http requests

Mark Nijhof <>
Fri Dec 12 21:17:46 CET 2014


Hi Felix, Iñaki,

Thanks for your reply, you confirm what I was thinking myself about using
Gun but I asked because of:

> In general the state of http clients in erlang is a bewildering,
overgrown thicket of ancient decaying masonry and beguiling dead ends
filled with poisonous invisible gila monsters.

Cheers,

-Mark


On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 9:03 PM, Felix Gallo <> wrote:

> httpc has some weird bugs under load and should be retired from the
> standard distribution.
>
> lhttpc is better but is a dead project and has a variety of forks, some of
> which are buggy or incomplete.  The 'esl' fork seems to be the closest
> although in my experience it seems to have a broken pooling mechanism.
> Additionally it uses 'let it crash' for the common case of timeouts, which
> can fill up crash.log quickly and impede investigation into real issues.
>
> dlhttpc is a fork of lhttpc that ferd put together to handle high volume
> requests to a low number of endpoints.  It's also not actively maintained,
> but ferd is still alive and kicking and has recently responded to pull
> requests there.  I intended on using this but rustled up my own nasty pool
> mechanism on top of my own hacked fork of lhttpc.
>
> gun appears to be the most actively maintained; I haven't tried it yet but
> if it's as solid as cowboy, this is probably the right one to use for new
> projects.
>
> shotgun is just an SSE convenience wrapper on gun, so if you don't need
> SSE, sticking with gun is probably your best bet.
>
> fusco is an alpha quality http client that doesn't appear to be actively
> maintained.
>
> In general the state of http clients in erlang is a bewildering, overgrown
> thicket of ancient decaying masonry and beguiling dead ends filled with
> poisonous invisible gila monsters.
>
> F.
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 11:44 AM, Iñaki Garay <> wrote:
>>
>> We love our tool shotgun[1], built on top of gun:
>>
>> [1] https://github.com/inaka/shotgun
>>
>> It improves on gun's SSE support.
>>
>> good luck,
>> Iñaki
>>
>> On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 4:38 PM, Mark Nijhof <
>> > wrote:
>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> I am looking for the atm best solution to make http requests, from
>>> downloading a small file till larger (100mb) archives. I know of f.ex. the
>>> httpc, ibrowse, gun.
>>>
>>> Any preferences? And why?
>>>
>>> -Mark
>>>
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