Execute a Simple HTTP/S Test

This section gets you kickstarted with a simple HTTP/S test.

This example shows how a Simple HTTP/S Test can be defined as a RealLoad ‘Test’ and executed as both a Load Test Job and a Monitoring Job.

Pre-requisites

To configure and execute this simple test you’ll need:

  • Access to the Real Load portal. If you haven’t signed up, do so first: Sign Up
  • Approx. 20..30 minutes of your time
  • A cup of tea or coffee

1. Invoke the HTTP Test Wizard and Create a New Session

Invoke HTTP Test Wizard and Create New Session

Enter the Headline that briefly describes what the test does. Enter Session Headline

2. Save the (empty) Session

It’s best to save the empty session now. To do this, you must select a Resource Set of a Project. Alternatively, you can also create a new ‘Project’ and/or ‘Resource Set’. ‘Resource Sets’ are something like sub-directories of a Project, which contain all the files necessary to define and execute a test. Click ‘Save Session’

Enter the file name for the session, e.g. HttpSession_TestDownloadServer.json and save the session. Enter File Name of Session

In this example, a new Project named ‘HTTP Tests’ is created which also contains a new Resource Set named ‘Download Server’. Create new Project and Resource Set

Result: Empty saved Session

3. Add URLs to the Session

Click on the ‘Add’ dropdown and select ‘URL’. Dropdown ‘Add’ - Select ‘URL’

Enter the URL and click on the ‘+’ icon at ‘Verify HTTP Response’. Enter URL

At ‘Verify HTTP Status Code’ select ‘200 OK’ and then click the ‘Add URL’ button. Select ‘200 OK’ and add URL

You can then add additional URLs to the session. In this example it looks like this: Session with 3 URLs

4. Debug the Session

Before converting the session into a RealLoad ‘Test’ you should Debug the Session first. This way you can check whether all URL calls are working correctly. Click ‘Debug Session’. Invoke the Session Debugger

This invokes a powerful Remote Debugger that runs always on a Measuring Agent. As shown at the top right of the following image you can also select an alternative Measuring Agent on which the debugger will run. In the Remote Debugger you can also make changes to the HTTP/S session, which take effect immediately, which means that the session is automatically synchronized between the debugger and the HTTP Test Wizard.

In the debugger, click Next Step until all URLs have been executed successfully and the end of the session has been reached - or until an error occurs. If an error occurs, exit the debugger, then repair the URL (= HTTP/S request), and then invoke the debugger again. Debug the Session

After debugging is successful, return to the HTTP Test Wizard. Return to HTTP Test Wizard

5. Save the (debugged) Session

Save the debugged Session

6. Generate and Compile the Code, and Define the RealLoad ‘Test’

Click ‘Generate Code’

Generate and Compile the Code

After the source code is compiled, click ‘Define New Test’. Click ‘Define New Test’

Enter the Test Description, and click ‘Define New Test’. Enter Test Description

The RealLoad ‘Test’ is now defined. From here you can now create both a Load Test Job and a Monitoring Job. Result: RealLoad ‘Test’ Defined

Note: In case you (later) modify the session in the HTTP Test Wizard, you will have to generate and compile the source code again.

7. Define and Execute a Load Test Job

In the RealLoad ‘Test’ click ‘Define Test Job’. Click ‘Define Test Job’

In next menu click ‘Continue’ … Click ‘Continue’

… And select the Measuring Agent on which the Load Test Job will be executed, then click ‘Define Load Test Job’. Click ‘Define Load Test Job’

The Load Test Job is now defined. Click ‘Start Test Job’. Click ‘Start Test Job’

Enter the settings of the Load Test Job here and then click ‘Start Test Job’. We recommend the following settings for the first load test run:

  1. Number of Users: 5
  2. Max. Test Duration (Seconds): 60
  3. Max. Loops per User: [unlimited]
  4. Loop Iteration Delay (Milliseconds): 1000
  5. Ramp Up Time (Seconds): 10

Enter Settings and Click ‘Start Test Job’

After a few seconds the Load Test Job is in the state ‘Running’. Click ‘Monitor Jobs’. Job is ‘Running’, Click ‘Monitor Jobs’

The real-time data of the running Load Test Job is now displayed. Real-Time Data of running Load Test Job

Click on ‘Analyze Result’ after the Load Test Job is completed. Load Test Job completed, Click ‘Analyze Result’

The Load Test Job result is then displayed. Load Test Job Result

To view the Job Output Files navigate to ‘Load Test Jobs’ and click in the dropdown of the Job on ‘Job Log Files’. Click ‘Job Log Files’

Select the file users.out which contains the Log Output of the Job. Select File ‘users.out’

If you would like to run the Load Test Job again with the same or changed settings, click on ‘Clone Job’ in the Job dropdown and then start the cloned job. Clone Load Test Job

8. Define a Monitoring Job

If this is your first Monitoring Job, you must first create a Monitoring Group. Navigate to Monitoring, click the ‘Configuration’ tab and then click ‘Add Monitoring Group’. There is also a help available for configuring the Synthetic Monitoring. Navigate to Monitoring Configuration

Enter the ‘Group Title’ and select at least one ‘Measuring Agent’ on which the Monitoring Job(s) will be executed. Then click ‘Add Monitoring Group’. Add Monitoring Group

In the ‘Monitoring Group’ click ‘Monitoring Jobs’ and then click ‘Add Monitoring Job’. Add Monitoring Job

Select the ‘Test’ of the Monitoring Job. Select ‘Test’ of Monitoring Job

Click ‘Define Monitoring Job’. Define Monitoring Job

Enable the execution of the Monitoring Group and navigate to ‘Dashboard’. Enable Monitoring Group and Navigate to Dashboard

The Monitoring Job is now defined and will be executed periodically. For additional help configuring monitoring (e.g. adding ‘Alert Devices’), see Monitoring Help. Monitoring Job is Defined

Tip: If you modify the RealLoad ‘Test’, the corresponding Monitoring Job is not automatically updated to avoid unexpected corruption of the Monitoring Job. After you have verified the modified ‘Test’ by running a small Load Test Job, you must manually update the Monitoring Job. Update the Monitoring Job

Done, congrats, you’ve run your first test with Real Load.

9. Conclusion and Prospects

As you have seen, a RealLoad Test can be run as both a Load Test Job and a Monitoring Job.

This example was deliberately kept simple so that you can become familiar with the RealLoad product. To create a test with a web browser session across multiple web pages, you can use a Remote Proxy Recorder to record the test case and then convert the recording into an HTTP Test Wizard session.

Additionally, a Test Job Template can also be defined from any ‘Load Test Job’, which can then be part of a Test Suite. This means that you can add multiple ‘Test Job Templates’ to a Test Suite and execute them in a single run as a Regression Test.

To learn more we suggest heading to the User Guide section where you’ll find detailed documentation in relation to the steps outlined in this document.