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Npm Load Testing Libraries

Most Popular Npm Load Testing Libraries

NameSizeLicenseAgeLast Published
phanos5.59 kBMIT10 Years3 Feb 2014
phasic2.54 kBMIT1 Years24 Oct 2022
har-to-k6350.9 kBApache-2.04 Years23 Feb 2022
@apideck/postman-to-k6393.04 kBApache-2.02 Years9 Feb 2023
node-vegeta12.33 kBMIT5 Years20 Sep 2021
jmeter-to-k6249.92 kBApache-2.04 Years22 May 2020
gql-load-tester12.22 kBApache-2.02 Years4 Aug 2021
loadmill29.6 kBApache-2.06 Years15 Aug 2023
loadmill-monitor6.7 kBApache-2.05 Years5 Jun 2018
loadster5.07 kBISCLess than one year16 Aug 2023
perfcheck5.09 kBISCLess than one year9 Aug 2023
perst12.95 kBMIT3 Years11 May 2022
@teravn/k6-keycloak-dataset20.42 kBApache-2.0Less than one year14 Mar 2023
@flood/chrome104.29 kBMIT6 Years22 May 2018
autocannon-app1.2 MBMIT1 Years9 Jan 2023

When are Load Testing Libraries Useful?

Load testing libraries are primarily useful when you want to determine how your application behaves under a specific load, which could be a high number of users, transactions, or data volume. This type of testing aims to identify performance bottlenecks and ensure the application can handle the anticipated load.

Load testing libraries are particularly beneficial in the following scenarios:

  • Validation of Architectural Choices - Load testing can help confirm whether your architectural decisions can meet business requirements for concurrent users and data volume.
  • Predicting System Behaviour under High Loads - These libraries enable developers to anticipate issues and identify weak spots in the system before the system goes live.
  • Capacity Planning - Load testing can guide system capacity and help make decisions related to scalability, helping businesses plan their resources efficiently.
  • Resilience Testing - load testing can assess the system's ability to recover from failures and measure its fault tolerance.

What Functionalities do Load Testing Libraries Usually Have?

Load testing libraries typically offer the following functionalities:

  • Simulate Traffic - They can simulate multiple users or clients interacting with a system in parallel.
  • Performance Metrics Collection - They gather crucial performance metrics like response time, requests per second, error rates, timeouts and so on.
  • Scriptable Test Scenarios - These libraries allow developers to script the sequence of actions that simulated users should perform, making tests more realistic.
  • Support for Different Protocols - These libraries often support various protocols including HTTP, HTTPS, WebSocket, and more.
  • Load Configuration - They provide the ability to specify the level and duration of load to apply to the application.

Gotchas/Pitfalls to Look Out for

Here are some common pitfalls to consider when using load testing libraries:

  • Test Environment - Ensure your testing environment closely simulates real production conditions. Load testing in an overly simplified environment can lead to misleading results.
  • Ignoring the 90/10 Rule - Often, 90% of the load is caused by 10% of the features. Make sure your load tests are representative of actual usage patterns and prioritize those 10% of features.
  • Neglecting to Monitor Resources - During load testing, ensure to monitor server health. Watch for high memory usage, disk space usage, CPU load etc.
  • Static Testing - Avoid executing the same test suite repeatedly. The system might adapt to it, and the results of the load test would cease to be realistic. Instead, try to diversify the tests.
  • Incorrect Metrics - Avoid relying on averages as they can hide problems. Instead, use percentiles or a histogram.