JMeter – Load Testing a Website

For some reason I’ve always shied away from load testing. Its been something I’ve considered to be a black-art, requiring some specialist skills. Anyway, I need to load test a website, and was told about JMeter. Half hour later I’d completed my (simple) tests. Massive thumbs up from me for JMeter!

What follows is a very quite how to for just load testing a simple website. JMeter looks like its capable of so much more, but this is all I required at this stage.

1. Download JMeter (
2. Unzip the file and then look in the bin directory and double click the ‘ApacheJMeter.jar’.
3. Right click on the test plan and add a Threads(Users)->Thread Group. For the 1st test I simply put 10 threads starting in 5 seconds.
4. Under this Base Group add a Sample->HTTP Request and set up the call to the web server (with the various parameters). One thing I got wrong here was pre-fixing the server address with http://
5. Go to File->Save and save the set up.
6. Then click Run->Start and watching the green box on the right hand side (and also the thread count). Note – I found that my Java web app struggled when it hadn’t previously been run (presumably compiling for the first time). After this I had no issues.

Like I said to start with, so simple and straight-forward – no black art, and something I wish I’d taken 5 minutes to play around with long before now.


Not many, which I think speaks volumes. Normally when trying out new tools I have to Google everywhere to find out everything. JMeter had everything I needed directly on their site.

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