Popular Performance Testing Tools

While you are testing an application merely testing the functionality and its compatibility with different devices is not enough. When the application is shipped and a large volume of customers start using them, the software should be sturdy enough to handle these requests and provide expected responses. And that is the reason why every software must be tested for performance before it is shipped to the market. During performance testing, the application is tested for scalability, speed, and stability. There are a number of performance testing tools currently available in the market which can be used for performance testing. In this article, however, we would only focus on the top 25 performance testing tools.

Performance Testing Tools

1. WebLOADUsing

WebLoad you can perform load and stress testing of your application. Using this tool, you can generate load either from your local machine or from the cloud. It is easy to use and provides you a lot of user-friendly features like DOM-based record and playback &Javascript scripting. Using WebLoad you can accomplish different performance testing tasks as well as create complex scenarios. You can even get a detailed report of your performance tests to detect the bottleneck areas in your application.

2. Load Xen

It is a new generation load testing tool, which allows you to simulate the load of thousands or millions of virtual users. You can scale up the load any which way you want and can get the detailed analysis of how your application performed under such high load. Along with high load simulation, LoadXen also provides the detailed report and blow by blow analysis of the test steps which were successfully completed before the application crashed due to excessive load.

3. Apache JMeter

It is a one of the best and popular of performance testing tools for measuring the performance of an application under different conditions. Apache JMeter provides an IDE which can be used to record Test Plan and for building and debugging tests. After tests are executed, a rich HTML is generated which can detail the current condition of the application from the performance standpoint and what changes need to be made to improve it. The tool is highly extensible and can even be used for continuous integration.

4. HP LoadRunner

HP LoadRunner consists of a number of different performance testing tools, namely, Virtual User Generator, Controller, Load Generator and Analysis. Using these performance testing tools you can check the performance of your application under different loads. You can create thousands of users and use it to increase the load of your application and test how your application performs as the load is gradually or suddenly increased. This tool provides you a wide range support and also lets you test the performance of mobile applications. Once your performance suite is built you can opt for continuous integration and also analyze test results to find performance bottlenecks and monitor performance in real-time.

5. LoadUI NG Pro

LoadUI NG Pro from SmartBear, allows you to create quality load tests in just a matter of clicks. Using this tool you can generate load on your APIs and create load scenarios using its user interface, without writing a single line of code. While advanced users can write scripts to create more sophisticated and complex load scripts. This tool’s primary focus is to provide detailed performance analysis. Apart from performance report of the application, it can also be used to provide information about the server’s performance. The perfromance testing tools also allows you to reuse your existing SoapUI and SoapUI NG

6. ApicaLoad Test

ApicaLoadTest allows you to use their software or contact them to help with your applications’ performance or load testing. With the help of the performance testing tools, you can generate varying load of your choice and test your applications to witness how it performs under different load. By using this tool you can create performance or load tests which can help you find out the limit of your application. You can also schedule your tests and take help of its support API in case you face any hurdle.

7. LoadView

LoadView is an on-demand tool which can be used to perform load and stress testing. Unlike other performance testing tools, it carries out tests in real browsers to check the application’s performance. Such tests using real browsers provides very accurate analysis of the application. LoadView is completely cloud based and no licensing fee is required as you only pay for what you use. The tool also features a number of advanced features like point & click scripting & global cloud-based infrastructure.

8. Appvance

Appvance is a one of a kind unified software test automation platform. This tool is very helpful for the testing team, as it increases their efficiency and helps them test deliverables at a faster pace. Using Appvance you can reuse your existing functional tests to create load, compatibility and penetration tests. This reduces the project cost and also saves a lot of time. Some performance testing tools like Appvance can also be integrated with leading continuous integration tools like Hudson, Jenkins or Bamboo so that tests can be scheduled and executed without any human intervention.

9. NeoLoad

NeoLoad is a Java based load and performance testing tools which helps you identify the performance bottlenecks in your application. Using this tool, you can analyze how your application performs when subjected to high traffic and test its stability when subjected to an enormous load. Using the detailed analysis report you can pinpoint the cause of the performance issue and take steps to remove any or all hurdles. The tool is created by a French company Neotys and come in two different languages, namely English and French.

10. LoadImpact

LoadImpact is a load testing tool for web applications. Using it you can generate load on your application to test how it performs under load and also perform stress testing to find the application’s breaking point. The tool primarily consists of two components, the load testing tool and a page analyzer. The load testing tool can be used to generate load in different ways i.e., fixed, ramp up and timeout. The page analyzer, on the other hand, acts like a browser and provides information and statistics on the different pages and their transition time.

11. Rational Performance Tester

The Rational Performance Tester is a product of IBM and is very useful in testing the performance of a web-based or a server-based application. The tool creates a replica of the transaction that takes place between the user and the web service and analyzes the output to find out if there is leakage in the website or the server. Using this tool you can instantly find out the root cause of any such leakage and fix them at that very moment. The Rational Performance Tester is a very good option for testing and maintaining cloud computing services.

12. Testing Anywhere

Testing Anywhere is an automation testing tool which can also be used to test the performance of a website and find any issues with user load. You can use this tool for testing the performance of your web application or web services. To create tests in Testing Anywhere, you can use the object recorder to find the respective web elements and advanced web recorder and SMART test recorder to record the various actions that you wish to perform. Once the tests are executed to can analyze the result to monitor the performance of your application under different circumstances.

13. LoadComplete

Using LoadComplete you can create realistic load tests for your web applications. You can record user interactions to create tests and simulate these actions with hundreds of virtual users from the local computer or from the cloud. You can even use this tool to test your application’s performance under massive load and test its reliability and scalability. After every test, it provides detailed test analysis report which you can use to review your application’s performance.

14. WAPT

WAPT stands for Web Application Performance Testing and is used for analyzing the performance of a website or intranet application. Using this tool you can monitor the performance of your application when it is subjected to massive load from virtual users. Then you can go through this report to find out the areas where application performance was hit and how it can be fixed. Many consider WAPT to be a very cost-effective tool for analyzing web service performance.

15. Loadster

It is a desktop based load testing tool which can be used to create load test and analyze performance reports. You can record your steps on the browser to create a basic script by record and then use Loadster’s GUI to make changes according to your needs. Then you can control the network bandwidth and vary the number of virtual users to perform stress test on your application. In the end of each test HTML report is generated which you can use to analyze your application’s performance.

16. OpenSTA

It stands for Open System Testing Architecture. As the name suggests, it is a free GUI-based load testing tool. It has many advanced features and can be used to test your application under heavy load and analyzing them over HTTP or HTTPS. It uses simple recordings to create load tests and creates statistics after executing them. These statistics can be later exported to create the detailed report and to track down the areas responsible for creating performance bottlenecks.

17. QEngine (ManageEngine)

QEngine is a free load and performance testing tool. It is very easy to use and it can be used to monitor performance leakages in websites or web services. It allows you to remotely test the performance of your application from any geographical location. That’s not all, you can even use QEngine to perform functional testing, stress testing and compatibility testing. Using this tool you can simulate multiple users and analyze the performance and response time of each user separately so that you can closely track the root cause of the problem.

18. Loadstorm

Loadstorm is generally used to perform load testing of your application on the cloud. It is a robust tool and allows you to create test plans, test scenarios and also list down the criteria for each test. Using this tool, you can test your application of performance and stress by generating traffic and increasing the number of concurrent users accessing the application. You can simulate maximum 50 thousand concurrent users to create load on the application. The tool doesn’t require any programming or scripting expertise and you can get detailed reports and statistics of each test that you run.

19. CloudTest

CloudTest by SOASTA is a testing tool which can be used to monitor and analyze the performance of webs applications, mobile apps, and APIs. CloudTest operated on a cloud platform and you conduct all your testing on virtual testing labs. Using this tool you can generate load on your application and monitor its performance. You can extract the report in a format of your choice to find the performance loopholes in the system. it is one of the paid performance testing tools and you are charged on the basis of the number of load injector machines required per hour.

20. Httperf

Httperf is a Hewlett Packard product which is used for high-performance testing of web applications and web services. This tool actually targets the HTTP servers and monitors their responses and the response time. It uses requests and generated responses and evaluates the rate at which response is sent to calculate the efficiency. With performance testing tools, the application or web service is subjected to load and the efficiency is checked at varying loads.

21. Borland SilkPerformer

It is a load and stress testing tool for enterprise applications. Using SilkPerformer, you can test the performance of multiple applications with thousands of concurrent users. It creates virtual users to create load on a server and test the performance of the application. The characteristics of these virtual users can be customized according to your needs and requirements. At the end of execution, detailed reports and statistical data are generated to help with the performance analysis of the application.

22. Grinder

The grinder is a free open-source load testing framework. It creates load on your application by using multiple load injector machine and allows you to monitor your application’s performance on its graphic console. Using Grinder you can test your web applications and web services with scripts created using Jython or Clojure. In the case of simple tests, you can even use its record and playback feature to create load test scripts. You can view the performance report of your application in real-time or export it later for analysis.

23. Gatling

It is an open-source framework created using Scala, Akka & Netty. It comes with a scenario recorder, which allows you to record various application scenarios and play it back under different loads while executing the test scripts to produce performance results for the application under test. It creates detailed results which can be viewed in real-time and can be exported later for analysis. It even provides analysis of trends so that you can understand the pattern of the performance related failure occurring in the system.

24. Tsung

Tsung is an open-source load testing tool which for testing multiple protocols. Using it you can test the stress on WebDAV, HTTP, MySQL, LDAP and other servers. The main benefit of Tsung is, it creates stress gradually in an order, thus allowing you to test the scalability of your application while it is being subjected to load. You can even test your application’s performance by checking its response time and by validating its response. It can be distributed on a number of client machines and will allow you to simulate thousands of virtual users concurrently.

25. Loader

It is a free cloud-based service which allows you to test your application under certain load and stress by creating thousand of concurrent connections. Once you have specified the amount of load to be generated on your web application or APIs, you can monitor the response of your applications in real time in the form of readable graphs and charts. These reports are also supported by detailed stats which you can later export and use to track the cause of the leakage on your server. You can also integrate loader with continuous integration tools.


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