What is JMeter? Introduction, Installation & Uses – #1

Topic Coverage:

  • What is JMeter? Why it is used?
  • Installation of JMeter
  • Run JMeter in GUI Mode

What is JMeter

Apache JMeter is an open source, free software testing tool purely based on java that are most widely used for performance testing and load testing for web application and other services. Performance testing means, testing a web application or other services against heavy load, multiple and concurrent user traffic.

In other words, one should use JMeter because its a powerful testing tool with varieties of testing capabilities like- Functional testing, Database testing etc.

Why JMeter is Used?

In short, JMeter is a powerful tool which we can use as a load testing tool for analyzing and measuring the overall performance of a web application and variety of services

  • Jmeter is an exceptional testing tool which can be used for overall performance testing of web applications and variety of other services
  • It can be used to load test many distinct protocols like- HTTP, HTTPS, SOAP/REST, JDBC, LDAP etc. But, it doesn’t support all actions of browser e.g. JMeter doesn’t execute javascript found in HTML pages.

Illustration: Let’s say one day, you need to test your web application or your server for extracting out the performance or load that your server or application can bear or how much efficiently it can perform? But, you are not sure up to how much load your system will support the smooth run of your service. It’s the time when JMeter comes very handy

How to download Install JMeter?

JMeter is a pure Java application and should run correctly on any system that has a compatible Java implementation.

Here is the list of an operating system compatible with JMeter

  • Linux
  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • Ubuntu

Steps to Install JMeter

Step 1: Install Java

As, JMeter is pure Java desktop application, so it requires a fully compatible JVM 6 or higher. You can download and install the latest version of Java SE Development Kit. Download Java Platform (JDK) or refer this Java Installation tutorial

Step 2: Download JMeter

As per this post date, the latest version of JMeter is Apache JMeter 5.2.1 You can download it here And, then you can continue after this step.

Choose the Binaries file (either zip or tgz) to download.

Install JMeter
Install JMeter

Step 3: Installation of JMeter

Installation of JMeter is extremely easy and simple. You can simply unzip the zip/tar file into the directory where you want JMeter to be installed. There is no complex installation screen to deal with! Simply unzip and you are done.

JMETER ZIP FILE
Extract to JMETER ZIP

Step 4: Run/Launch JMeter

To run or launch JMeter in GUI Mode, you just need to run the file /bin/jmeter.bat to start and you are good to go.

JMETER BIN FOLDER. and click on jmeter.bat to open JMETER.
To open JMETER in GUI Mode click on jmeter.bat
JMETER GUI WINDOW
JMETER GUI Window

Well done! Now JMeter  is set up on your machine and you are ready to perform first test on it. Hope you also successfully completed this. If you face any issue then feel free to write us on query@thoughtcoders.com or WhatApp on +919555902032. Refer our next article for first load test set up.

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