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Gatling vs Apache JMeter: What are the differences?

What is Gatling? open-source load testing framework based on Scala, Akka and Netty. Gatling is a highly capable load testing tool. It is designed for ease of use, maintainability and high performance Out of the box, Gatling comes with excellent support of the HTTP protocol that makes it a tool of choice for load testing any HTTP server. As the core engine is actually protocol agnostic, it is perfectly possible to implement support for other protocols. For example, Gatling currently also ships JMS support..

What is Apache JMeter? An open source load testing tool. It 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.

Gatling and Apache JMeter can be primarily classified as "Load and Performance Testing" tools.

Gatling is an open source tool with 4.3K GitHub stars and 918 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Gatling's open source repository on GitHub.

Streamdata.io, SpectoLabs Ltd, and StellaService are some of the popular companies that use Gatling, whereas Apache JMeter is used by MIT, Athento, and Betaout. Gatling has a broader approval, being mentioned in 21 company stacks & 14 developers stacks; compared to Apache JMeter, which is listed in 17 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.

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Ratan Sharmacharya
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I have a team that is not heavy on programming skills. I am looking for a load testing tool that is easy to use. Preferably, the tool should be a record and playback tool without much programming. Also, the tool should be able to test APIs apart from web-based applications. What tool should I opt for?

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Deepak Naik
Product Owner at Digite Infotech Private Limited · | 3 upvotes · 33.7K views

My choice would be Apache JMeter, It's free and opensource plus it comes with lots of plugins and extendability. Apache JMeter needs a small amount of a learning curve and a basic understanding of Network, Protocols (TCP/IP ports, HTTP(S) and REST/SOAP, etc.) for initial setup. But it doesn't require programming skills. it has a nice record and playback option. You can still carry on without the developer skillset if you follow these steps. 1. Take backup. 2. Start recording and interact with the application. 3. stop recording and save the test case. This will give you your test-bed, after this, after these steps, every time just do Restore from backup and then Playback and observer results.

If you have longer recordings then an understanding of how to modify the recorded scripts will come handy.

For some of the advanced features such as Configuring variables, implementing loops, throttling adding think time, and automating test scaling to the number of users will require good planning of test scenarios and a Developer experience but this is true for any tool (even loader.io)

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Pepe Ruiz
Head of Content at k6.io · | 2 upvotes · 33.3K views
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Disclaimer: I work at k6, and I recommend you try our tool.

It might require some coding skills, but we support a few options to record a user session to autogenerate the load test. Read How to record a browser session with k6 OSS.

The k6 Cloud also supports recording a user session with a Browser Extension. Additionally, it provides a Test Builder UI to generate a load test for testing APIs.

If you have questions or need help, you can ask on Slack and the Community forum.

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Pros of Gatling
Pros of Apache JMeter
  • 6
    Great detailed reports
  • 5
    Can run in cluster mode
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    Loadrunner
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    Scala based
  • 2
    Load test as code
  • 0
    Faster
  • 5
    Requires no programming knowledge
  • 3
    Supports distributed
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    Open-source

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Cons of Gatling
Cons of Apache JMeter
  • 2
    Steep Learning Curve
  • 1
    Hard to test non-supported protocols
  • 0
    Not distributed
  • 1
    It's GUI-first
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    Too complicated

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What is Gatling?

Gatling is a highly capable load testing tool. It is designed for ease of use, maintainability and high performance. Out of the box, Gatling comes with excellent support of the HTTP protocol that makes it a tool of choice for load testing any HTTP server. As the core engine is actually protocol agnostic, it is perfectly possible to implement support for other protocols. For example, Gatling currently also ships JMS support.

What is Apache JMeter?

It 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.

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What are some alternatives to Gatling and Apache JMeter?
Selenium
Selenium automates browsers. That's it! What you do with that power is entirely up to you. Primarily, it is for automating web applications for testing purposes, but is certainly not limited to just that. Boring web-based administration tasks can (and should!) also be automated as well.
BlazeMeter
Simulate any user scenario for webapps, websites, mobile apps or web services. 100% Apache JMeter compatible. Scalable from 1 to 1,000,000+ concurrent users.<br>
Locust
Locust is an easy-to-use, distributed, user load testing tool. Intended for load testing web sites (or other systems) and figuring out how many concurrent users a system can handle.
k6
It is a developer centric open source load testing tool for testing the performance of your backend infrastructure. It’s built with Go and JavaScript to integrate well into your development workflow.
Cucumber
Cucumber is a tool that supports Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) - a software development process that aims to enhance software quality and reduce maintenance costs.
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