Webmasters Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for pro webmasters. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Does anyone know of any tools that can be run against web server to determine how compliant the server is with the various HTTP specs?

share|improve this question

migrated from stackoverflow.com Mar 29 '11 at 13:13

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

The content of the web server or the server itself? – DavRob60 Mar 24 '11 at 13:18
The web server itself. For example is there a test suite you can run that will tell you what parts of HTTP it supports? i.e. is the server HTTP/1.0 compliant etc. – PeterM Mar 29 '11 at 10:48
Should ask this on serverfault the stackoverflow sister site for server administration. – DavRob60 Mar 29 '11 at 12:02

The closest thing to a simple HTTP conformance test I could find with a few minutes of Googling is HTTP Lint, which does some basic tests on the HTTP headers returned by a web server. However, the scope of its tests is rather limited; the C source code is available, so you can see for yourself just what it's checking.

For HTTP proxy testing, there are the Web Polygraph (open source) and Co-Advisor tools by The Measurement Factory. However, neither seems well suited for testing HTTP origin servers.

There are also several HTTP testing frameworks, such as HTTP Test Tool, which let you write your own tests. These could presumably be used to implement a basic HTTP compliance test suite, but I didn't manage to find any such pre-existing suite.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.