Performance testing automation tools for desktop applications



  • Is there any open source automation tool for performance testing for desktop applications?

    Load Runner and JMeter are supporting web applications only. I searched in several websites but found no performance testing automation tools.



  • Usually it isn't required to do performance testing of desktop applications as they're being used by 1 user only hence visual experience is quite enough.

    However if desktop application relies on backend server, i.e. it does network communication over HTTP protocol using an API or displays data from RDBMS you might want to test what will be the behaviour of the backend server when several hundreds or thousands of desktop application instances concurrently communicate with it.

    In fact this scenario isn't different from "usual" web applications testing as you'll need to simulate outgoing requests triggered by multiple desktop application instances and any free and open source tool can be used to cover this scenario.

    The long list is available at Open source performance testing tools and the shorter one which highlights the most popular ones is Open Source Load Testing Tools: Which One Should You Use?



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