Open Source Performance Testing Tools

Tool 1: Allmon

Description: The main goal of the project is to create a distributed generic system collecting and storing various runtime metrics collections used for continuous system performance, health, quality and availability monitoring purposes. Allmon agents are designed to harvest a range of metrics values coming from many areas of monitored infrastructure (application instrumentation, JMX, HTTP health checks, SNMP). Collected data are base for quantitative and qualitative performance and availability analysis. Allmon collaborates with other analytical tools for OLAP analysis and Data Mining processing.

Requirement: Platform independent

Link: http://code.google.com/p/allmon/downloads/list

Tool 2: Apache JMeter

Description: Apache JMeter is a 100% pure Java desktop 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. Apache JMeter may be used to test performance both on static and dynamic resources (files, Servlets, Perl scripts, Java Objects, Data Bases and Queries, FTP Servers and more). It can be used to simulate a heavy load on a server, network or object to test its strength or to analyze overall performance under different load types. You can use it to make a graphical analysis of performance or to test your server/script/object behavior under heavy concurrent load.

Requirement: Solaris, Linux, Windows (98, NT, 2000). JDK1.4 (or higher)

Link: http://jakarta.apache.org/jmeter/

Tool 3: benerator

Description: benerator is a framework for creating realistic and valid high-volume test data, used for (unit/integration/load) testing and showcase setup. Metadata constraints are imported from systems and/or configuration files. Data can be imported from and exported to files and systems, anonymized or generated from scratch. Domain packages provide reusable generators for creating domain-specific data as names and addresses internationalizable in language and region. It is strongly customizable with plugins and configuration options.

Requirement: Platform Independent

Link: http://databene.org/databene-benerator

Tool 4: CLIF is a Load Injection Framework

Description: CLIF is a modular and flexible distributed load testing platform. It may address any target system that is reachable from a Java program (HTTP, DNS, TCP/IP…) CLIF provides 3 user interfaces (Swing or Eclipse GUI, command line) to deploy, control and monitor a set of distributed load injectors and resource consumption probes (CPU, memory…) An Eclipse wizard helps programming support for new protocols. Load scenarios are defined through XML-editing, using a GUI, or using a capture tool. The scenario execution engine allows the execution of up to millions of virtual users per load injector.

Requirement: Java 1.5 or greater, with enhanced support for Linux, Windows XP, MacOSX/PPC

Link: http://clif.objectweb.org/

Tool 5: ContiPerf

Description: ContiPerf is a lightweight testing utility that enables the user to easily leverage JUnit 4 test cases as performance tests e.g. for continuous performance testing. It is inspired by JUnit 4’s easy test configuration with annotations and by JUnitPerf’s idea of wrapping Unit tests for performance testing, but more powerful and easier to use.

Requirement: Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, Solaris and all other platforms that support Java 5

Link: http://databene.org/contiperf

Tool 6: curl-loader

Description: A C-written web application testing and load generating tool. The goal of the project is to provide a powerful open-source alternative to Spirent Avalanche and IXIA IxLoad. The loader uses real HTTP, FTP and TLS/SSL protocol stacks, simulating tens of thousand and hundred users/clients each with own IP-address. The tool supports user authentication, login and a range of statistics.

Requirement: Linux

Link: http://curl-loader.sourceforge.net/

Tool 7: D-ITG

Description: D-ITG (Distributed Internet Traffic Generator) is a platform capable to produce traffic at packet level accurately replicating appropriate stochastic processes for both IDT (Inter Departure Time) and PS (Packet Size) random variables.

Requirement: Linux, Windows

Link: http://www.grid.unina.it/software/ITG/

Tool 8: Database Opensource Test Suite

Description: The Database Opensource Test Suite (DOTS) is a set of test cases designed for the purpose of stress-testing database server systems in order to measure database server performance and reliability.

Requirement: Linux, POSIX

Link: http://ltp.sourceforge.net/

Tool 9: DBMonster

Description: DBMonster is an application to generate random data for testing SQL database driven applications under heavy load.

Requirement: OS Independent

Link: http://sourceforge.net/projects/dbmonster/

Tool 10: Deluge

Description: An open-source web site stress test tool. Simulates multiple user types and counts. Includes proxy server for recording playback scripts, and log evaluator for generating result statistics. Note: this tool is no longer under active development although it is still available on Sourceforge.

Requirement: OS independent

Link: http://deluge.sourceforge.net/

Tool 11: Dieseltest

Description: Contains the high-end features common to packages costing $50,000 or more. Dieseltest is a Windows application that simulates hundreds or thousands of users hitting a website. To run a load test, you first create a test script using our script editor. The script contains all of the requests that a real-world user would make of a website. You then load the script and run the test. The system will show you real-time results while the script is running, and produce a report analyzing the results at the conclusion.

Requirement: Windows

Link: http://sourceforge.net/projects/dieseltest/

Tool 12: Faban

Description: Faban is a facility for developing and running benchmarks, developed by Sun. It has two major components, the Faban harness and the Faban driver framework. The Faban harness is a harness to automate running of server benchmarks as well as a container to host benchmarks allowing new benchmarks to be deployed in a rapid manner. Faban provides a web interface to launch & queue runs, and extensive functionality to view, compare and graph run outputs.

Requirement: OS independent; JVM 1.5 or later

Link: http://java.net/projects/faban/

Tool 13: FunkLoad

Description: FunkLoad is a functional and load web tester, written in Python, whose main use cases are functional and regression testing of web projects, performance testing by loading the web application and monitoring your servers, load testing to expose bugs that do not surface in cursory testing, and stress testing to overwhelm the web application resources and test the application recoverability, and writing web agents by scripting any web repetitive task, like checking if a site is alive.

Requirement: OS independent – except for the monitoring which is Linux specific

Link: http://funkload.nuxeo.org/

Tool 14: FWPTT load testing web applications

Description: fwptt is an open source Web application testing program for load testing web applications. It can record normal and AJAX requests. It has been tested on ASP.Net applications, but it should work with JSP, PHP or other.

Requirement: Windows

Link: http://fwptt.sourceforge.net/

Tool 15: Grinder

Description: The Grinder is a Java load-testing framework making it easy to orchestrate the activities of a test script in many processes across many machines, using a graphical console application.

Requirement: OS Independent

Link: http://grinder.sourceforge.net/

Tool 16: GrinderStone

Description: GrinderStone is an Eclipse plug-in for Grinder load testing scripts development including debugging, modularity and pretty logging

Link: http://code.google.com/p/grinderstone/

Tool 17: Hammerhead 2 – Web Testing Tool

Description: Hammerhead 2 is a stress testing tool designed to test out your web server and web site. It can initiate multiple connections from IP aliases and simulated numerous (256+) users at any given time. The rate at which Hammerhead 2 attempts to pound your site is fully configurable, there are numerous other options for trying to create problems with a web site (so you can fix them).

Requirement: Hammerhead has been used with Linux, Solaris and FreeBSD

Link: http://hammerhead.sourceforge.net/

Tool 18: Hammerora

Description: Hammerora is a load generation tool for the Oracle Database and Web Applications. Hammerora includes pre-built schema creation and load tests based on the industry standard TPC-C and TPC-H benchmarks to deploy against the Oracle database with multiple users. Hammerora also converts and replays Oracle trace files and enables Web-tier testing to build bespoke load tests for your entire Oracle application environment.

Requirement: Platform Independent (Binaries for Linux and Windows)

Link: http://hammerora.sourceforge.net/

Tool 19: httperf

Description: Httperf is a tool for measuring web server performance. It provides a flexible facility for generating various HTTP workloads and for measuring server performance. The focus is not on implementing one particular benchmark but on providing a robust, high-performance tool that facilitates the construction of both micro and macro level benchmarks. The three distinguishing characteristics of httperf are its robustness, which includes the ability to generate and sustain server overload, support for the HTTP/1.1 and SSL protocols, and its extensibility.

Requirement: Linux (Debian package available), HP-UX, perhaps other Unix

Link: http://www.hpl.hp.com/research/linux/httperf/

Tool 20: http_load

Description: http_load runs multiple HTTP fetches in parallel, to test the throughput of a Web server. However, unlike most such test clients, it runs in a single process, to avoid bogging the client machine down. It can also be configured to do HTTPS fetches.

Requirement: tbc

Link: http://www.acme.com/software/http_load/

Test 21: Iperf

Description: Iperf was developed by NLANR/DAST as a modern alternative for measuring maximum TCP and UDP bandwidth performance. Iperf allows the tuning of various parameters and UDP characteristics. Iperf reports bandwidth, delay jitter, datagram loss.

Requirement: Platform Independent

Link: http://iperf.sourceforge.net/

Tool 22: IxoraRMS

Description: Monitoring tool with great visualization and customization capabilities. It’s quick to install and suitable for use in performance labs.

Requirement: Windows, Unix

Link: http://www.ixorarms.com/

Tool 23: JChav

Description: JChav is a way to see the change in performance of your web application over time, by running a benchmark test for each build you produce. JChav reads all the JMeter logs from each of your runs (one per build), and produces a set of charts for each test in each run.

Requirement: JMeter

Link: http://jchav.blogspot.com/

Tool 24: JCrawler

Description: Stress-Testing Tool for web-applications. It comes with the crawling/exploratory feature. You can give JCrawler a set of starting URLs and it will begin crawling from that point onwards, going through any URLs it can find on its way and generating load on the web application. The load parameters (hits/sec) are configurable.

Requirement: OS Independent

Link: http://jcrawler.sourceforge.net/

Tool 25: loadUI

Description: loadUI is a tool for Load Testing numerous protocols, such as Web Services, REST, AMF, JMS, JDBC as well as Web Sites. Tests can be distributed to any number of runners and be modified in real time. LoadUI is tightly integrated with soapUI. LoadUI uses a highly graphic interface making Load Testing Fun and Fast.

Link: http://www.loadui.org/

Tool 26: Lobo, Continuous Tuning

Description: Lobo is a tool for performance testing and monitoring that allows you to monitor the evolution of performance along the time-line of the project. It was specially designed to be used in agile-iterative and evolutionary approaches.

Requirement: Java

Link: http://www.oncast.com.br/eng/open_source_lobo.php

Tool 27: MessAdmin

Description: MessAdmin is a light-weight and non-intrusive notification system and HttpSession administration for J2EE Web Applications, giving detailed statistics and informations on the application. It installs as a plug-in to any Java EE WebApp, and requires zero-code modification.

Requirement: OS Independant

Link: http://messadmin.sourceforge.net/

Tool 28: mstone

Description: Mstone started as a mail performance measurement system but now can test svn, etc. It can simultaneously test SMTP, POP, IMAP, and some HTML based systems. It measures transaction latency in multiple stages, and graphs the combined results from multiple clients.

Requirement: multiple (perl based)

Link: http://mstone.sourceforge.net/

Tool 29: Multi-Mechanize

Description: Multi-Mechanize is an open source framework for web performance and load testing. It allows you to run simultaneous python scripts to generate load (synthetic transactions) against a web site or web service.

Link: http://code.google.com/p/multi-mechanize/

Tool 30: NTime

Description: The NTime tool is very similar to NUnit tool to perform repeatable tasks that help managers, architects, developers and testers to test an application against its performance.

Requirement: Windows 98 or above, .Net framework 1.1 or 2.0

Link: http://www.codeproject.com/KB/dotnet/NTime.aspx

Tool 31: OpenSTA

Description: A distributed software testing architecture based on CORBA. Using OpenSTA (Open System Testing Architecture) a user can generate realistic heavy loads simulating the activity of hundreds to thousands of virtual users. OpenSTA graphs both virtual user response times and resource utilization information from all Web Servers, Application Servers, Database Servers and Operating Platforms under test, so that precise performance measurements can be gathered during load tests and analysis on these measurements can be performed.

Requirement: Windows 2000, NT4 and XP

Link: http://opensta.org/

Tool 32: OpenWebLoad

Description: OpenWebLoad is a tool for load testing web applications. It aims to be easy to use and providing near real-time performance measurements of the application under test.

Requirement: Linux, Windows

Link: http://openwebload.sourceforge.net/

Tool 33: Ostinato

Description: Ostinato is an open-source, cross-platform packet/traffic generator and analyzer with a friendly GUI. It aims to be “Wireshark in Reverse” and thus become complementary to Wireshark.

Requirement: Cross-Platform

Link: http://code.google.com/p/ostinato/

Tool 34: p-unit

Description: An open source framework for unit test and performance benchmark, which was initiated by Andrew Zhang, under GPL license. p-unit supports to run the same tests with single thread or multi-threads, tracks memory and time consumption, and generates the result in the form of plain text, image or pdf file.

Requirement: OS Independent

Link: http://p-unit.sourceforge.net/

Tool 35: PandoraFMS

Description: Pandora FMS is a monitoring Open Source software. It watches your systems and applications, and allows you to know the status of any element of those systems. Pandora FMS could detect a network interface down, a defacement in your website, a memory leak in one of your server application, or the movement of any value of the NASDAQ new technology market. If you want, Pandora FMS could send out SMS message when your systems fails… or when Google’s value drop below US$ 500.

Requirement: 32-bit MS Windows (NT/2000/XP), All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes), Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX

Link: http://pandora.sourceforge.net/

Tool 36: postal

Description: SMTP benchmarking tool. It is threaded, uses very little disk I/O (e-mail body content randomly generate text). It has an SMTP source, SMTP sink and POP server load tester (to pull sent mail)

Requirement: Linux/UNIX; requires C compiler

Link: http://doc.coker.com.au/projects/postal/

Tool 37: Pylot

Description: Pylot is a free open source tool for testing performance and scalability of web services. It runs HTTP load tests, which are useful for capacity planning, benchmarking, analysis, and system tuning. Pylot generates concurrent load (HTTP Requests), verifies server responses, and produces reports with metrics. Tests suites are executed and monitored from a GUI.

Requirement: Python 2.5+. required.Tested on Windows XP, Vista, Cygwin, Ubuntu, MacOS

Link: http://www.pylot.org/

Tool 38: Raw Load Tester

Description: This application calls the URL you select as many times as you choose and tells you how long it took the server to respond. It writes some additional runtime details to the PHP log file so you can optionally do more granular analysis afterwards. Although the server processes most of the statistics, all URL requests come from the browser. You can run as many browsers and workstations simultaneously as you want.

Requirement: PHP/JavaScript

Link: http://www.room4me.com/techtools/RawLoadTester/index.html

Tool 39: Seagull

Description: Seagull is a multi-protocol traffic generator test tool. Primary aimed at IMS protocols, Seagull is a powerful traffic generator for functional, load, endurance, stress and performance tests for almost any kind of protocol. Currently supports Diameter, XCAP over HTTP, TCAP (GSM Camel, MAP, Win) protocols.

Requirement: Linux/Unix/Win32-Cygwin

Link: http://gull.sourceforge.net/

Tool 40: Siege

Description: SIEGE is an http regression testing and benchmarking utility. It was designed to let web developers measure the performance of their code under duress, to see how it will stand up to load on the internet. It lets the user hit a webserver with a configurable number of concurrent simulated users. Those users place the webserver “under siege.” SCOUT surveys a webserver and prepares the urls.txt file for a siege. In order to perform regression testing, siege loads URLs from a file and runs through them sequentially or randomly. Scout makes the process of populating that file easier. You should send out the scout, before you lay siege.

Requirement: GNU/Linux, AIX, BSD, HP-UX and Solaris.

Link: http://www.joedog.org/

Tool 41: Sipp

Description: SIPp is a performance testing tool for the SIP protocol. Its main features are basic SIPStone scenarios, TCP/UDP transport, customizable (xml based) scenarios, dynamic adjustement of call-rate and a comprehensive set of real-time statistics. It can also generate media (RTP) traffic for audio and video calls.

Requirement: Linux/Unix/Win32-Cygwin

Link: http://sipp.sourceforge.net/

Tool 42: SLAMD

Description: SLAMD Distributed Load Generation Engine is a Java-based application designed for stress testing and performance analysis of network-based applications.

Requirement: Any system with Java 1.4 or higher

Link: http://www.slamd.com/

Tool 43: Soap-Stone

Description: Network benchmark application which can put your network under load and conduct automatic benchmark and recording activities.

Requirement: OS Independent

Link: http://soap-stone.sourceforge.net/

Tool 44: stress_driver

Description: General-purpose stress test tool.

Requirement: Windows NT/2000, Linux

Link: http://sourceforge.net/projects/stress-driver/

Tool 45: TestMaker

Description: TestMaker from PushToTest.com delivers a rich environment for building and running intelligent test agents that test Web-enabled applications for scalability, functionality, and performance. It comes with a friendly graphical user environment, an object-oriented scripting language (Jython) to build intelligent test agents, an extensible library of protocol handlers (HTTP, HTTPS, SOAP, XML-RPC, SMTP, POP3, IMAP), a new agent wizard featuring an Agent Recorder to write scripts for you, a library of fully-functional sample test agents, and shell scripts to run test agents from the command line and from unit test utilities.

Requirement: Windows, Linux, Solaris, and Macintosh

Link: http://www.pushtotest.com/testmaker-open-source-testing

Tool 46: TPTEST

Description: The purpose with TPTEST is to allow users to measure the speed of their Internet connection in a simple way. TPTEST measures the throughput speed to and from various reference servers on the Internet. The use of TPTEST may help increase the consumer/end user knowledge of how Internet services work.

Requirement: MacOS/Carbon and Win32

Link: http://tptest.sourceforge.net/about.php

Tool 47: Tsung

Description: Tsung is a distributed load testing tool. It is protocol-independent and can currently be used to stress HTTP, SOAP and Jabber servers (SSL is supported). It simulates complex user’s behaviour using an XML description file, reports many measurements in real time (including response times, CPU and memory usage from servers, customized transactions, etc.). HTML reports (with graphics) can be generated during the load. For HTTP, it supports 1.0 and 1.1, has a proxy mode to record sessions, supports GET and POST methods, Cookies, and Basic WWW-authentication. It has already been used to simulate thousands of virtual users.

Requirement: Tested on Linux, but should work on MacOSX and Windows.

Link: http://tsung.erlang-projects.org/

Tool 48: Valgrind

Description: Valgrind is an award-winning suite of tools for debugging and profiling Linux programs. With the tools that come with Valgrind, you can automatically detect many memory management and threading bugs, avoiding hours of frustrating bug-hunting, making your programs more stable. You can also perform detailed profiling, to speed up and reduce memory use of your programs.

Requirement: Linux

Link: http://valgrind.org/

Tool 49: Web Application Load Simulator

Description: LoadSim is a web application load simulator. It allows you to create simulations and have those simulations run against your webserver.

Requirement: JDK 1.3 or above

Link: http://jobmanager.sourceforge.net/openware_pub/

Tool 50: Web Polygraph

Description: Benchmarking tool for caching proxies, origin server accelerators, L4/7 switches, content filters, and other Web intermediaries.

Requirement: C++ compiler

Link: http://www.web-polygraph.org/

Tool 51: WebLOAD

Description: WebLOAD Open Source is a fully functional, commercial-grade performance testing product based on WebLOAD, Radview’s flagship product that is already deployed at 1,600 sites. Available for free download and use, WebLOAD is a commercial-grade open source project with more than 250 engineering years of product development. Companies that require commercial support, additional productivity features and compatibility with third-party protocols have the option of purchasing WebLOAD Professional directly from RadView.

Requirement: Windows NT/2000/XP

Link: http://www.webload.org/

Source: Open Source Testing

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