This documentation is about the benchmarking that is explicit. I.e. code that is written purely for the benefit of running benchmarks. You can of course do your own benchmarking of the “real functionality” your own way but we have built-in benchmarking code that is ideal for stress testing certain contained features.


The most important configuration is to enable or disable *all* benchmarking. To do this set the DJANGO_BENCHMARKING_ENABLED environment variable.

By default all benchmarking is disabled. That’s because we don’t want to risk a bad benchmark that could disrupt production systems. It’s best to enable, per environment, one at a time explicitly and disable benchmarking again when no more testing is necessary.

Then DJANGO_BENCHMARKING_ENABLED is ignored if the current user hitting the benchmark URL is a superuser.


The best approach is to read the source code to find out what benchmarks are available and what kind of options they accept or require.

To do that look at the code of tecken/benchmarking/ and tecken/benchmarking/

But basically the idea is that every benchmark is started by querying a key in S3, priming the cache, and then querying the key and the cache a bunch of times and summarizing the results.