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Table of contents
1.
Introduction
2.
JMeter Working
2.1.
JMeter Workflow Diagram
3.
Best Practices for Carrying Out JMeter Tests
3.1.
Using A Proxy Server
3.2.
Try To Limit The Number Of Threads
3.3.
Using Variables
3.4.
Erase the Local Path from CSV Data Set Config
3.5.
Reduce Resource Requirement
3.6.
Keep A Check On the JMeter logs
4.
Frequently Asked Questions 
4.1.
What is the basis of the working of JMeter?
4.2.
How is Proxy Server a good practice for JMeter?
4.3.
What is the limit on the number of threads that can run in the JMeter test plan?
4.4.
What happens if you don’t delete the local path of the CSV file?
4.5.
Why should we disable “View Result Tree”?
5.
Conclusion
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024

Best Practices for JMeter

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Introduction

Do you know how web applications are tested? Are you intrigued to know about the same? If your answer is yes, Keep Reading! Let us explore the JMeter technology!

Introduction

Apache JMeter is an open-source load and performance testing software based on Java Language. JMeter was developed by Stefano Mazzocchi of the Apache Software Foundation. It was primarily written to load and test the performance of Apache JServ (also called the Apache Tomcat project).

JMeter Working

JMeter handles the job of sending requests to a server by imitating a set of users. This data is used to calculate the statistics and assess the performance.

JMeter Workflow Diagram

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Best Practices for Carrying Out JMeter Tests

JMeter Test is the procedure performed using the Apache Jmeter performance testing tool. It allows us to test web applications for performance, stress, and load testing. It also configures static and dynamic resources. It makes it possible to perform various graphical analyses to test applications' performance.

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There are some guidelines to handle the limitations of JMeter-

  • Try to limit the number of threads.
  • Try using a proxy server.
  • Use variables.
  • Try to reduce the requirement for resources
  • Examine the JMeter logs
  • Erase the local path from CSV
  • File naming convention 

Let us now understand the above factors one by one.

Using A Proxy Server

Proxy Server is a valuable tool to keep records of your testing. It also allows you to summarize the common elements of the sample you record.

Try To Limit The Number Of Threads

There is a predefined limit on the number of threads that can run with JMeter. This number is 300. This limit exists because of the capacity of the hardware. If you are wondering about the scenario where we increase the threads, the accuracy of the timing information will fall abruptly.

Using Variables

Some test plans require different values from other users or Threads. For instance, you may need that each user is given a unique ID for identification. This is easy to implement if we use JMeter variables wisely.

Erase the Local Path from CSV Data Set Config

If you are using an existing CSV data file that you created on your local computer, you should delete the existing local path (Current path of CSV file). If you don’t delete the local path, JMeter cannot find the CSV data file on your local PC.

Reduce Resource Requirement

The Graphical User Interface mode generally acquires a lot of memory. This leads to a lack of performance. We can employ some practices that reduce resource requirements.

  • Insist on Non-GUI mode
  • The “View Result Tree” listener consumes more memory and causes JMeter to run out of memory. Therefore, it is a good practice to disable the same.
  • Turn off all JMeter graphs results.
  • We should prefer the CSV test result format.
  • Save the needed test result. There is no requirement to save the complete test results.

Keep A Check On the JMeter logs

The log files record any errors or faults in the Test Plan. If we check the log file, we can find the mistakes at the earliest.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the basis of the working of JMeter?

JMeter handles the job of sending requests to a server by imitating a set of users. This data is used to calculate the statistics and assess the performance.

How is Proxy Server a good practice for JMeter?

Proxy Server is a valuable tool to keep records of your testing. It also allows you to summarize the common elements of the sample you record.

What is the limit on the number of threads that can run in the JMeter test plan?

Utmost 300 threads can run at a time. This limit is fixed.

What happens if you don’t delete the local path of the CSV file?

If you don’t delete the local path, JMeter cannot find the CSV data file on your local PC.

Why should we disable “View Result Tree”?

The “View Result Tree” listener consumes more memory and causes JMeter to run out of memory. Therefore, it is a good practice to disable the same.

Conclusion

This blog has provided the best practices to use JMeter to test web applications. It also provided an overview of the JMeter workflow. We hope this blog added to your knowledge.

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