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Running Performance Tests


Performance Plugin for Jenkins uses Taurus Tool to execute load tests. Main benefit of Taurus is that it provides abstraction layer over popular Open Source tools, including: Apache JMeter, Gatling Tool, Grinder, Locust.io and even Selenium. You can run any of these load injectors from Jenkins build step with minimal prerequisites.

Prerequisites for Jenkins server: have Python 2.7+ installed together with one of virtualenv or bzt PyPi packages installed.

Internally, build step will run Taurus tool, doing some extra work around it:

Build step tries to minimally interfere with Taurus tool to let you use its full capabilities (Taurus is pretty feature-rich thing for running tests).

Test runner step works fine with Jenkins slaves, as well as with Pipeline syntax (see section below.)

Jenkins GUI Configuration

If you are using GUI-based job configs for Jenkins, choose “Run Performance Test” step from “Add build step” menu:

In the field that appears, you can simply specify path to your JMeter test plan file. This is Taurus capability due to high popularity of JMeter:

If you want to use extended capabilities of Taurus, you can specify its config files and options in ‘Taurus Tool parameters’ field. Generally, value of that field is what will go into command line parameters of bzt program.

Clicking on “Advanced…” will open several options that can alter build step behavior:

Using from Pipeline Scripts

Here’s example pipeline script to use build step with bzt command that maps to Taurus Tool invocation.

node {
    stage("clean") {
        cleanWs()   // requires workspace cleanup plugin to be installed
    stage('get config file') {
            sh "wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Blazemeter/taurus/master/examples/jmeter/stepping.yml"
    stage("run test") {
        bzt "stepping.yml"

Other Ways to Run Test in Jenkins (deprecated)

Using jmeter in a ‘MAVEN’ project

Follow the instructions in this article

Using jmeter in an ‘ANT’ project

Although there are different ways to run jmeter tests, here is explained a method to run them using ant.

Once you have your build.xml ready to run jmeter, you can add your project to Jenkins as a Freestyle-project which uses ant, and configure it following the instructions above.

Finally run your project setting the property jmeter-home to the appropriate folder in your computer: ant "-Djmeter-home=C:\jmeter" -f build.xml

<project default="all">
  <!-- ant-jmeter.jar comes with jmeter, be sure this is the release you have -->
  <path id="ant.jmeter.classpath">
       location="${jmeter-home}/extras/ant-jmeter-1.1.1.jar" />
    classpathref="ant.jmeter.classpath" />
  <target name="clean">
    <delete dir="results"/>
    <delete file="jmeter.log"/>
    <mkdir dir="results/jtl"/>
    <mkdir dir="results/html"/>
  <target name="test" depends="clean">
      <testplans dir="test/jmeter" includes="*.jmx"/>
      <property name="jmeter.save.saveservice.output_format" value="xml"/>
  <!-- This is not needed for the plugin, but it produces a nice html report
       which can be saved usin jenkins's archive artifact feature -->
  <target name="report" depends="test">
  <target name="all" depends="test, report"/>