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

Mark Nijhof <>
Fri Dec 12 21:45:11 CET 2014


I meant to mention Hackney. Why would you choose Hackney over Gun and vise
verse?

On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 9:27 PM, Alex Shneyderman <>
wrote:

> 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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