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You should always perform your own benchmarking, as your use-case may not be identical to the use-cases of others. However, here are some general benchmarks to get you started.

Go Performance#

Go is fast. When compared to Node.js and Python, Go is often much faster while using less memory and handling concurrency better. The Techempower benchmarks are a good place to start for a general comparison:

Techempower benchmarks

Notice that all the top frameworks are written in Go. Huma's performance and features will vary based on the specific router or framework used, but it is generally on par with the other top Go frameworks.

Highlighting just a few is telling, and this ignores the improvements in memory use which likely means cheaper hardware and container costs:

Framework Language JSON Req/s Percentage Fortunes Req/s Percentage
Chi Go 520K 100% 150K 100%
Node.js Javascript 377K 73% 80K 53%
FastAPI Python 168K 32% 50K 33%
Django Python 73K 14% 15K 10%


Here are a few takeaways of the above, other benchmarks, and our time with Go:

  • Go (and thus Huma) is fast and low memory.
  • Go is simple and can be picked up by a team quickly.
    • Its complexity is on par or less than Javascript or Python
  • Huma is a good choice over Node.js, FastAPI, or Django.

Micro Benchmarks#

Significant performance improvements have been made since Huma v1, as shown by the following basic benchmark operation with a few input parameters, a small input body, some output headers and an output body (see adapters/humachi/humachi_test.go).

# Huma v1
BenchmarkHumaV1Chi-10         16285  112086 ns/op  852209 B/op  258 allocs/op

# Huma v2
BenchmarkHumaV2Chi-10        431028    2777 ns/op    1718 B/op   29 allocs/op

# Chi without Huma (raw)
BenchmarkRawChi-10           552764    2143 ns/op    2370 B/op   29 allocs/op

These improvements are due to a number of factors, including changes to the Huma API, precomputation of reflection data when possible, low or zero-allocation validation & URL parsing, using shared buffer pools to limit garbage collector pressure, and more.

Since you bring your own router, you are free to "escape" Huma by using the router directly, but as you can see above it's rarely needed with v2.