[smokeping-users] New probe youtube-dl

Adrian Popa adrian_gh.popa at telekom.ro
Thu Jun 11 10:18:19 CEST 2015

Hello everyone,

I'd like to share with you a new probe I've been working on - 
integrating youtube-dl project to work with smokeping. The idea was that 
we needed to run some tests to get the customer's "experience" when 
using videosharing sites like youtube. We developed this probe, and 
measure the time it takes to download specific content from our test probes.

Plugin description and examples are here:


There is a bit of a deviation from standard plugins - meaning it ignores 
the pings variable and does only one test. This was done in order to 
prevent the IP getting banned for too agressive behavior by the video 
sites. It can be reactivated - I'm open to ideas.

Here's a sample graph from a slave probe (1 hour polling): 

@tobi: if you feel this plugin could be useful and should be included in 
the main release, let me know and I'll see how I can merge it...

Feedback welcome,


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