Today I came across a very simple tool for load-testing. It’s called AB and come with Apache HTTP Server. The command line arguments are very simple:

ab -n 10000 -c 10 http://your_web_site/url.html

Where -n is the number of successful requests and -c is the number of concurrence connections.

If you want to have more control over the URL you want to test, and much more, I recommend JMeter (also from Apache)

Source: http://serverfault.com/questions/2107/tools-for-load-testing-http-servers

Simple tool for load-testing HTTP server
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