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Consultant
Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 27 2016

What is most valuable?

Extremely light weight. Very easy to download and setup the entire infrastructure (Controller +LGs) Ease of scripting Host of plugins which further boost its effectiveness Availability Non-GUI mode which consumes even lesser resources than already lightweight GUI version.

How has it helped my organization?

Robust scripts which could handle build changes Easy LG(Master & Slaves) configuration setup Very lightweight and low usage of resources

What needs improvement?

GUI tends to freeze and shutdown under more load Ctrl+z( Undo doesn't work) so gets very inconvenient at times Cannot do a mass replace( Ctrl+H) on the GUI ( can do it if script is opened via notepad++) Re-iteration problems during errors - Usually we have login in once only controller, Action in Loop controller and logout in once only controller. Now if an error comes when the user simply logouts… more »
Real User
Technical Leader with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 13 2016

What is most valuable?

Almost all features provided by JMeter are helpful.

How has it helped my organization?

We have a solution called Service Quality Manager portal and is a web based solution to do service management. We do performance testing of this solution using JMeter. It allows us to simulate a load… more »

What needs improvement?

Reporting feature can be improved to provide better test results.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

As it is java based software an can run on any platform supporting JVM.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We tried BadBoy but it lacked features.

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest to verify one's own business need and evaluate certain parameters first like Feasibility and Reliability of Automation, Ease in maintenance of automated test cases, Time saving in… more »
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Real User
Founder & CEO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 08 2015

What is most valuable?

* Recording/Playback * Templates for test plans (NEW) * Integrate with Java and many other scripting languages * Integrating with external plug-ins

How has it helped my organization?

* The recording feature makes it easy to create test plans * They have templates that make starting very easy (this feature is added recently) * Supports a lot of protocols (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP , SMTP etc) * * Simplicity of use * As compared… more »

What needs improvement?

Reporting could be better if it could be like commercial tools. For example, a nice chart and visualizations. You can’t rely on the first 100 test results because the ramp-up and ramp-down time gives false results with outliers. It would be… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Grinder. Grinder was not user friendly and had to do lot of coding and low level configurations. It was lighter than JMeter.

What other advice do I have?

It's easy to use and free, a huge community, and it offers a risk free to start, so use it for application performance testing. It supports connectivies with databases, FTP, and other system protocols.
Vendor
Sr. Performance Test Engineer at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 30 2015

What is most valuable?

I like the ease of using JMeter. It can be downloaded and can be used to record and run load tests. JMeter can record, run and create reports easily without the need to have licenses, complex installations and paid support. It can be used… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We use JMeter for performance testing. We are able to know which module is lagging behind in performance, whether the software or hardware upgrades have improved the performance or not.

What needs improvement?

I think JMeter hangs up on large loads. I have seen JMeter becoming unresponsive in the middle of a test. It is because of garbage collection in JMeter. We use best practices to mute all listeners, use non GUI mode, etc., but even with many… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is a open source tool.

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to have load generator machines. Do not run JMeter (or any load testing tool) from a desktop. Do not have just one JMeter installation to generate load. Use several JMeter instances to distribute load. If possible, use… more »
Consultant
Consultant at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 24 2015

What do you think of Apache JMeter?

The Apache Foundation states the following about JMeter: The Apache JMeter™ desktop application is open source software, a 100% pure Java application designed to load test functional behavior and measure performance. It was originally designed for testing Web Applications but has since expanded to other test functions. So in other words, it’s a tool you can use to generate functional load on an application or a platform. This also immediately describes what it is good at: generating load. Yes if implemented well you not only generate dumb-load but also hit the functional application layers with the tool. But the basic function of JMeter is aimed at generating load and measuring the (server) response times during this load. What does JMeter NOT do? Despite being capable of…
Consultant
Consultant at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 25 2015

What do you think of Apache JMeter?

Over the past year I have spent a lot of time in close collaboration with Apache JMeter. I used JMeter as a standalone platform, in collaboration with several tools out there and with my own servers. Over the next few posts I will elaborate a bit more on what I have learned from working with tools like BlazeMeter, Loadosophia as well as working with your own remote servers and Jmeter. On top of that I will share some things I consider good practices to use when working with JMeter and building elaborate test scenarios in it. JMeter and remote servers Meter is great as a stand-alone load generator, however the moment you need to generate a substantial load or a distributed load, you will require the use of more servers. There are several possibilities to add external servers to…
Vendor
Senior Software Engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
May 07 2014

What do you think of Apache JMeter?

What is most valuable?

I think CSV data config, regular expressions extractor, reporting and distribution testing are the strengths of JMeter.

How has it helped my organization?

It makes life easier by simulating production scenario to check the performance under heavy load. We are able to find out the bottleneck in our system with the results.

What needs improvement?

Better way to handle dynamic elements, to handle session id, browser cookie and cache manager.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used JMeter for around 6-8 months.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No, distributed testing was helpful for scaling the users in JMeter.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: 3 out of 5Technical Support: 3 out of 5

Which

Vendor
Head of Performance with 51-200 employees
Mar 28 2014

What do you think of Apache JMeter?

A mature opensource toolset that has been available for many years. Good for vanilla web testing, less so for more complex requirements. Like most opensource offerings it has relatively poor analytics and limited integration with analytics tools like APM although it is relatively easy to extend with plug-ins and there are quite of these available for free download. A good choice where budget is tight and the tech-stack requirement is straight-forward.
Consultant
QA Expert at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 03 2013

What do you think of Apache JMeter?

Valuable Features:

1. GUI is very user friendly 2. It's a pure Java tool, which enables me to run it on any platform (i.e. platform independent) 3. Free tool & easy to get.

Room for Improvement:

1. It does not support recording SSL 2. Supports only web based applications 3. Cannot change the recorded scripts
Vendor
Architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Aug 08 2012

What do you think of Apache JMeter?

Pros: Open source, powerful, wide community of support - it works. Cons: Experience needed to build custom tools around Jmeter in order to match capabilities of most commercial alternatives.

What is Apache JMeter?

Apache JMeter may be used to test performance both on static and dynamic resources, Web dynamic applications. It can be used to simulate a heavy load on a server, group of servers, network or object to test its strength or to analyze overall performance under different load types.

Also known as
JMeter
Apache JMeter customers

AOL, Orbitz, Innopath Software, PrepMe, Sapient, Corporate Express Australia, CSIRO, Ephibian, Talis, DATACOM, ALALOOP, eFusion, Panter, Sourcepole, University of Western Cape

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