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

Alex Shneyderman <>
Fri Dec 12 21:27:48 CET 2014


nobody mentioned hackney: well written, mature, filled with features. not
to mention very active.

On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 3:17 PM, Mark Nijhof <
> wrote:

> 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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