JMeter

Apache JMeter is a free, open source 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.

This section describes how you can use SpiraTest / SpiraTeam (hereafter SpiraTeam) together with RemoteLaunch to schedule and remotely launch instances of JMeter on different computers and have the testing results be transmitted back to SpiraTeam. This allows you to extend your SpiraTeam's test management capabilities to include automated JMeter performance tests.

Note: This integration requires at least version 3.0 of SpiraTest/Team and version 2.5 of JMeter.

Installing the JMeter Engine

This section assumes that you already have a working installation of SpiraTest or SpiraTeam and have installed RemoteLaunch on the various test automation hosts following the instructions in RemoteLaunch Guide. Once those prerequisites are in place, please follow these steps:

Advanced Settings

You can modify the JMeter configuration for each of the specific automation hosts, by right-clicking on the RemoteLaunch icon in the system tray and choosing "Configuration". That will bring up the RemoteLaunch configuration page.

The JMeter 2.x engine adds its own tab to this page which allows you to configure how JMeter operates:

The following fields can be specified on this screen:

JMeter Location -- This should point to the location on the host computer where JMeter is installed. You can click on the browse button and navigate to the location of the JMeter.bat file.

Trace Logging -- When selected, this will log additional trace and debugging information to the Windows Event Log. This should not be selected in a production environment.

Setting up the Automated Test Cases

This section describes the process for setting up a test case in SpiraTeam for automation and linking it to an automated JMeter test script.

First you need to display the list of test cases in SpiraTeam (by clicking Testing > Test Cases) and then add a new test case. Once you have added the new test case, click on it and select the "Automation" tab:

You need to enter the following fields:

Once you are happy with the values, click [Save] to update the test case. Now you are ready to schedule the automated test case for execution.

Using Parameterized Test Cases

There is an advanced feature of SpiraTest/Team and RemoteLaunch that lets you pass parameters from SpiraTeam to your JMeter automated test script. This is very useful if you have a data-driven JMeter test script that expects specific JMeter properties to be passed to the test script.

To setup the automated test case for parameters, click on the "Test Steps" tab and click on "Edit Parameters":

The name of the parameter ${login} needs to match the name of the property defined within the JMeter script.

Executing the JMeter Test Sets from SpiraTeam

There are two ways to execute automated test cases in SpiraTeam:

  1. Schedule the test cases to be executed on a specific computer (local or remote) at a date/time in the future

  2. Execute the test cases right now on the local computer.

We shall outline both of these two scenarios in this section. However first we need to setup the appropriate automation hosts and test sets in SpiraTeam:

Configuring the Automation Hosts and Test Sets

Go to Testing > Automation Hosts in SpiraTeam to display the list of automation hosts:

Make sure that you have created an Automation Host for each computer that is going to run an automated test case. The name and description can be set to anything meaningful, but the Token field must be set to the same token that is specified in the RemoteLaunch application on that specific machine.

Once you have at least one Automation Host configured, go to Testing > Test Sets to create the test sets that will contain the automated test case:

Note: Unlike manual test cases, automated test cases must be executed within a test set -- they cannot be executed directly from the test case.

Create a new Test Set to hold the JMeter automated test cases and click on its hyperlink to display the test set details page:

You need to add at least one automated test case to the test set and then configure the following fields:

If you have parameterized test cases inside the automated test set you can set their values in three different ways:

You set these values, by right-clicking on a row and choosing "Edit Parameters":

Executing the Test Sets

Once you have set the various test set fields (as described above), the Remote Launch instances will periodically poll SpiraTeam for new test sets. Once they retrieve the new test set, they will add it to their list of test sets to be executed. Once execution begins they will change the status of the test set to "In Progress", and once test execution is done, the status of the test set will change to either "Completed" -- the automation engine could be launched and the test has completed -- or "Blocked" -- RemoteLaunch was not able to start the automation engine.

If you want to immediately execute the test case on your local computer, instead of setting the "Automation Host", "Status" and "Planned Date" fields, you can instead click the [Execute] icon on the test set itself. This will cause RemoteLaunch on the local computer to immediately start executing the current test set.

In either case, once all the test cases in the test set have been completed, the status of the test set will switch to "Completed" and the individual test cases in the set will display a status based on the results of the JMeter test:

Passed -- The JMeter automated test ran successfully and no failures or errors were logged.

Failed -- The JMeter automated test ran successfully, but at least one error or failure was logged.

Blocked -- The JMeter automated test did not run successfully.

If you receive the "Blocked" status for either the test set or the test cases you should open up the Windows Application Event Log on the computer running RemoteLaunch and look in the event log for error messages.

Note: While the tests are executing you will see a Windows command prompt open as JMeter executes the appropriate tests.

Once the tests have completed, you can log back into SpiraTeam and see the execution status of your test cases. If you click on a Test Run that was generated by JMeter, you will see the following information:

This screen indicates the status of the test run that was reported back from JMeter together with any messages or other information. The Test Name indicates the name of the test inside JMeter and the execution status corresponds the rules described above.

In addition, the detailed test report from JMeter is below. It will contain messages such as:

Response Assertion (http://www.inflectra.com/): failure=true, error=false, message='Test failed: text expected to contain /(?i)Purchase Our Products Online/' Response Assertion (http://www.inflectra.com/SpiraTest/Default.aspx): failure=true, error=false, message='Test failed: text expected to contain /(?i)Purchase Our Products Online/' Response Assertion (http://www.inflectra.com/Purchase/Default.aspx): failure=false, error=false, message='' Response Assertion (https://www.inflectra.com/Purchase/Default.aspx): failure=false, error=false, message=''

Congratulations... You are now able to run JMeter automated functional tests and have the results be recorded within SpiraTest / SpiraTeam.