How do I measure request and response times at once using cURL?

From this brilliant blog post… https://blog.josephscott.org/2011/10/14/timing-details-with-curl/

cURL supports formatted output for the details of the request (see the cURL manpage for details, under -w, –write-out <format>). For our purposes we’ll focus just on the timing details that are provided.

  1. Create a new file, curl-format.txt, and paste in: time_namelookup: %{time_namelookup}\n time_connect: %{time_connect}\n time_appconnect: %{time_appconnect}\n time_pretransfer: %{time_pretransfer}\n time_redirect: %{time_redirect}\n time_starttransfer: %{time_starttransfer}\n ----------\n time_total: %{time_total}\n
  2. Make a request:curl -w "@curl-format.txt" -o /dev/null -s "http://wordpress.com/" Or on Windows, it’s…curl -w "@curl-format.txt" -o NUL -s "http://wordpress.com/"

What this does:

-w "@curl-format.txt" tells cURL to use our format file
-o /dev/null redirects the output of the request to /dev/null
-s tells cURL not to show a progress meter
"http://wordpress.com/" is the URL we are requesting. Use quotes particularly if your URL has “&” query string parameters

And here is what you get back:

   time_namelookup:  0.001
      time_connect:  0.037
   time_appconnect:  0.000
  time_pretransfer:  0.037
     time_redirect:  0.000
time_starttransfer:  0.092
                   ----------
        time_total:  0.164

Make a Windows shortcut (aka BAT file)

Put this command in CURLTIME.BAT (in the same folder as curl.exe)

curl -w "@%~dp0curl-format.txt" -o NUL -s %*

Then you can simply call…

curltime wordpress.org

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