Socket Big HTTP Download Example¶
The sockets/big_http_download sample application for Zephyr implements a simple HTTP GET client using a BSD Sockets compatible API. Unlike the Socket HTTP GET Example sample application, it downloads a file of several megabytes in size, and verifies its integrity using hashing. It also performs download repeatedly, tracking the total number of bytes transferred. Thus, it can serve as a “load testing” application for the Zephyr IP stack.
The source code for this sample application can be found at: samples/net/sockets/big_http_download.
- Networking with the host system
- or, a board with hardware networking
- NAT/routing should be set up to allow connections to the Internet
- DNS server should be available on the host to resolve domain names
Building and Running¶
Build the Zephyr version of the application like this:
west build -b <board_to_use> samples/net/sockets/big_http_download
Using CMake and ninja:
cmake -B build -GNinja -DBOARD=<board_to_use> samples/net/sockets/big_http_download ninja -C build
board_to_use defaults to
qemu_x86. In this case, you can run the
application in QEMU using
make run. If you used another BOARD, you
will need to consult its documentation for application deployment
instructions. You can read about Zephyr support for specific boards in
the documentation at Supported Boards.
After the sample starts, it issues an HTTP GET request for http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/xenial/main/installer-amd64/current/images/hd-media/vmlinuz This site was selected as providing files of variety of sizes, together with various hashes for them, to ease external selection and verification. The particular file selected is 6.7MB in size, so it can show how reliably Zephyr streams non-trivial amounts of data, while still taking a reasonable amount of time to complete. While the file is downloaded, its hash is computed (SHA-256 is used in the source code), and an error message is printed if it differs from the reference value, as specified in the source code. After a short pause, the process repeats (in an infinite loop), while the total counter of the bytes received is kept. Thus the application can be used to test transfers of much larger amounts of traffic over a longer time.
You can edit the source code to issue a request to any other site on the Internet (or on the local network, in which case no NAT/routing setup is needed).
If you are doing extensive testing with this sample, please reference a file on a local server or a special-purpose testing server of your own on the Internet. Using files on archive.ubuntu.com is not recommended for large-scale testing.
Enabling TLS support¶
Enable TLS support in the sample by building the project with the
overlay-tls.conf overlay file enabled, for example, using these commands:
west build -b qemu_x86 samples/net/sockets/big_http_download -- -DCONF_FILE="prj.conf overlay-tls.conf"
Using CMake and ninja:
cmake -B build -GNinja -DBOARD=qemu_x86 -DCONF_FILE="prj.conf overlay-tls.conf" samples/net/sockets/big_http_download ninja -C build
An alternative way is to specify
west build or
The TLS version of this sample downloads a file from
https://www.7-zip.org/a/7z1805.exe (1.1MB). The certificate
used by the sample is in the sample’s
src directory and is configured
to access the default website configured in the sample for TLS
communication (https://www.7-zip.org). To access a different
web page over TLS, you’ll need to provide a different certificate
to authenticate to that server.
Note, that TLS support in the sample depends on non-posix, TLS socket functionality. Therefore, it is only possible to run TLS in this sample on Zephyr.
Running application on POSIX Host¶
The same application source code can be built for a POSIX system, e.g. Linux.
To build for a host POSIX OS:
$ make -f Makefile.posix
The behavior of the application is the same as the Zephyr version.