Lightweight load & performance testing frameworks



  • Which lightweight load and/or performance testing frameworks could you recommend?

    some considerations:

    • Configuration with not too much coding (some JS would be okay)
    • command line + text editor (without complex IDE)
    • HTML/XML reports with simple graphics are just fine
    • it should be able to handle use scenarios (not just to load the main page of the site).

    Just to start with what I've found:

    http://perfcake.org



  • I have very good experience with the open source FunkLoad for load testing web-applications.

    • Has a test recorder (Uses proxy to record browser actions)
    • Generates Python code as test (You can edit it with a text editor)
    • Supports HTTP sessions and very complex scenario's (Login as users)
    • Scales up to a large number of threads per CPU
    • Has a great benchmark run which generates nice reports (also HTML)
    • Runs from the command-line (Easy to integrate in build servers)

    I have used it to generate a thousand of simultaneous requests from a single computer. Also I created a test to randomly fill in 250.000 times a 50 pages long web-based questionnaires over the weekend on our new test production servers.



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