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load balancing with node js using http proxy

load balancing with node js using http proxy  using -'node.js,load-balancing,node-http-proxy'

I'm trying to code a loadbalancing with node.js and http-proxy. I want a loadBalancer which share incoming request treatment between 2 servers.

var http = require('http'),
httpProxy = require('http-proxy');

 var servers =  [{host :'', port :3000}, {host : 'remote_adr',port :3000}];

  httpProxy.createServer(function (req, res, proxy) {

  var target = servers.shift();
  proxy.proxyRequest(req, res, target);


I thought that doing this, it would have made a loadBalancer which send requests alternately to serv1 and to serv2.

However, when I try it out, it seems to request the 2 servers in no particular order. In addition most of the requests are sent to my localhost node server ( )

Is somebody able to explain that behavior ?

Thx a lot,


asked Oct 19, 2015 by ankitarajoria4
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That should be doing a round robin as you requested, however it's a very naive round robin. What you may be seeing is that your favicon.ico requests are putting a higher than normal share of requests on a single server. For instance.

Server 1: Actual Requests
Server 2: favicon.ico
Server 1: Another Request
Server 2: favicon.ico
Server 1: Final Request
Server 2: favicon.ico

So depending on how you're logging, it will appear that server 1 is getting all of the requests, when technically each server is getting the same number of requests. Also keep in mind that your assets will be included in the round robin as well if you're serving them from node. So each image or file request will also be handed off to a different node instance.

answered Oct 19, 2015 by tushar2k6