Varnish comes with a couple of nifty and very useful statistics generating tools that generates statistics in real time by constantly updating and presenting a specific dataset by aggregating and analyzing logdata from the shared memory logs.


The varnishtop utility reads the shared memory logs and presents a continuously updated list of the most commonly occurring log entries.

With suitable filtering using the -I, -i, -X and -x options, it can be used to display a ranking of requested documents, clients, user agents, or any other information which is recorded in the log.

varnishtop -i ReqURL will show you what URLs are being asked for by the client. varnishtop -i BereqURL will show you what your backend is being asked the most. varnishtop -I ReqHeader:Accept-Encoding will show the most popular Accept-Encoding header the client are sending you.


The varnishhist utility reads varnishd shared memory logs and presents a continuously updated histogram showing the distribution of the last N requests by their processing. The value of N and the vertical scale are displayed in the top left corner. The horizontal scale is logarithmic. Hits are marked with a pipe character (“|”), and misses are marked with a hash character (“#”).


Varnish has lots of counters. We count misses, hits, information about the storage, threads created, deleted objects. Just about everything. varnishstat will dump these counters. This is useful when tuning Varnish.

There are programs that can poll varnishstat regularly and make nice graphs of these counters. One such program is Munin. Munin can be found at . There is a plugin for munin in the Varnish source code.