JMeter is still one of the most popular open-source functional and load testing applications in the market today. With a wide range of support for protocols like HTTP/S, SOAP, REST, FTP, LDAP, SMTP, POP3, and IMAP (in addition to many others), it is a cost-effective and highly configurable load testing solution for performance testing engineers and teams.

Additionally, as a complete Java-based software, JMeter is platform-independent and can run on a variety of platforms. Furthermore, JMeter is actively maintained and supported. There are numerous plugins to help JMeter users customize their tests as well as a large user support community to lean on for testing advice and assistance.

 

JMeter Load Testing: Disadvantages 

However, for all the great benefits we mentioned above, there are still a few critical main disadvantages with JMeter. The first is that it can only execute protocol-level tests. For developers looking to test JavaScript-based applications, like Angular, Ember, Knockout, etc., or AJAX-based applications, they must find a different solution. A lot of modern browsers rely heavily on JavaScript and AJAX, which is an important factor when understanding website or application performance. JMeter cannot render HTML as the browser does, so this leaves a big gap in fully understanding the full user experience under load.

Secondly, JMeter requires that it be installed on a local machine, which means that users must first ensure that they have the necessary hardware requirements and proper setup, which can prove to be time-consuming and possible involve some additional investment in hardware. Due to this reason, running large-scale tests can quickly cause you to run out of system resources or cause errors. And since tests are executed from a local machine and network, performance engineers are unable to gauge performance under load from different geographic locations, or where users are based, which is a critical piece to understanding how your sites or applications stand up in real-world conditions. 

Lastly, JMeter is a complex load testing solution. It is not as user-friendly as some other load testing solutions in the market today. For new users, it can be a daunting task to simply begin to know or understand all the functionality of the software. There are many components, functions, and properties that require a higher-level of knowledge and understanding before diving into building and executing tests. While this can all be learned over time, it is a barrier for engineers and developers looking to simply focus on testing and being able to quickly and easily set up and configure load tests.

 

The LoadView Platform 

The LoadView platform removes the constraints of open-source load testing solutions like JMeter. LoadView is a cloud-based load testing solution that provides performance engineers an easier way to test websites, web services/APIs, web applications, and more. There is no need to invest in costly hardware upgrades or worry about managing load generators. The LoadView platform removes those time-consuming and burdensome tasks so performance engineers and teams can focus on testing and improving their sites, applications, and APIs.

JMeter Load Testing with LoadView

Overcome Your JMeter Load Testing Limitations with LoadView

Additionally, LoadView provides over 40 geo locations from around the world, so you get a real-world understanding of how all your sites, applications, or APIs perform from those locations, giving you more realistic test results and data of how these elements will perform in front of users. Furthermore, by utilizing a world-wide network of cloud generators, you can scale your tests into the thousands or millions of concurrent users, which open-source load testing solutions like JMeter are unable to offer.

 

LoadView: Scale your JMeter Load Tests

If you have been using JMeter and are looking for a better way to execute large-scale tests, the LoadView platform provides an automatic and seamless way to transfer your JMeter test plans into LoadView and run JMeter load tests in just minutes. With an intuitive interface and features like multiple load curves, global testing locations, and comprehensive performance reports, the LoadView platform is a fantastic alternative to JMeter. Let’s look at how to set up a load test in LoadView using JMeter scripts.

 

Setting up a JMeter Load Test with LoadView

If you do not have a LoadView account, setting one up is fast and easy. Additionally, we will give you $20 in load testing credits to start!

Save your JMeter script. Within your JMeter application, save your JMeter test plan to a JMX file on a local computer.

Log in to LoadVew. Next, log in to your LoadView account and select the JMeter testing type option.

Import your JMeter Script. On the Configure Task page, select Import to import your JMX file. The XML content of the file will be provided in the JMeter Project field. Request parameters such as a target URL or IP, path to an endpoint, request type, request headers, text assertions, etc., will be converted automatically into LoadView JMeter Project upon import.

 

Note: LoadView does not import the Thread Group settings into LoadView JMeter Project. Thread Properties (the number of threads, ramp-up period, etc.) can be configured by setting up a scenario of your load test execution in LoadView. From here, you can also edit the XML code in the field, if necessary.

As another option, in the Settings field, you can set the test session execution timeout. The LoadView solution waits for a response from the target resource for the specified time and if the execution time exceeds the limit, the system ends the session and returns an error. If this field is left blank, it will use the default timeout limit, which is 120 seconds. 

Create Device. Click Create Device and continue with the load test execution scenario. 

Configure Test Execution Plan. Once your JMeter Test Plan has been imported, the next step is setting the test execution scenario. If you have Thread Properties set up for your JMeter Thread Group and want to stick with the same load pattern in LoadView, specify the corresponding Load Type parameters using the recommendations given.

Alternatively, you can choose from other load curve options within the Load Type section, depending on your specific testing requirements. Learn more about configuring threads and ramp-up/ramp-down periods.

Run your Test. Once you have completely configured your load test plan, you can run your JMeter load test. The test will go through several steps, like initializing, starting load injectors, and running the test. When the test is finished, you will be notified and can access your load test results via the Load Test Results page. 

If you need any further assistance with converting JMeter load tests into the LoadView platform, please contact our technical support team.

Or you can submit a ticket from directly within the LoadView platform. To submit a support ticket, simply log in to your account. From the top right-hand side, hover over Support, then select Tickets to submit a request. Our team is available 24/7 to assist with all your load and performance testing needs.