Stress Testing with Siege, on Cygwin

Siege is one of many website stress testers. It spawns multiple processes and begins requesting the pages from the target website as rapidly as it can. There is no attempt at obfuscation; it’s very obvious, traceable and blockable, but it is good for seeing how your server will handle under load. You can get the source code from http://www.joedog.org/siege-home/

Once installed, you can invoke it with siege www.sitename.com. For more information, look at man siege. As mentioned above, the program is configured with a .siegerc file – you can see what your current active settings are by running: