JMeter is a load testing tool which helps you to analyse the performance and scalability a web application. It does so by simulating multiple concurrent users browsing the web application. This way you are not only able to estimate the numbers of users your web application can handle, but also where bottlenecks are and perhaps how to fix them. For that reason JMeter is usually used in addition with other monitoring tools and profilers such as tideways, for example.
Load testing is a common requirement in e-commerce projects, especially when challenging performance requirements needs to be addressed. For that reason Shopware provides a basic set of JMeter scripts for Enterprise customers, in order to be able to estimate the scalability of the system before going live.
In order to use the Shopware JMeter Scripts you need to run Linux / Mac and have a recent version of Java installed. The Shopware JMeter Scripts are available on github(access on request). First clone the repository:
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:shopware/jmeter.git
No you'll find the following directories:
assets: The Shopware JMeter Scripts will generate testing assets in here
config: JMeter configuration
scripts: Scripts to generate the required assets and run / edit JMeter
var: Logs and result files
vendor: JMeter itself
In order to edit the test plans, just run
./scripts/jm-edit.sh. It will open the JMeter application. The Shopware
JMeter Scripts generally defines 9 different components (2) you can use in your test plans:
Frontend - Start: A call to the start page
Frontend - Category: A call to a random category page
Frontend - Search: Performs a random search
Frontend - Random: A request to a random static page
Frontend - addToBasket: Add a product to the shopping cart
Frontend - ArticleDetail: A call to a random product detail page
Frontend - Register: Registers a new customer
Frontend - Login: Logs in as an existing customer
Frontend - Checkout: Calls the checkout confirm and the checkout finish page (thus performs an order)
Most of these components use certain assets (1): For the
Frontend - Category component, for example, a random category URL is required -
and provided by the corresponding asset.
The actual test plans are defined in so called "thread groups": Each thread group copies or links one or more components and therefor "tells a user story" such as "a user visits the start page, searches for 5 items and then adds two items to cart" or "a user browses 3 categories, adds 1 item to cart, registers and performs an order". This way you can try to model real user's behaviour in your test plans. In production, for example, just 3 to 5% of your users will actually perform a checkout. So it makes sense to create one thread group only browsing the shop and one thread group which actually performs checkouts.
The Shopware JMeter Scripts define 9 thread groups which you can change to your needs: E.g. one group for users mostly searching, one group for users mostly browsing, one group for registered users and one group for users not yet registered. Copy / link the pre-defined components into each thread group as needed. After saving you can close the window again and configure, how many threads / users are active for each thread group.
First edit the file
config/testplan_config.properties. By default it will look like this:
server.hostname = shopware.local server.protocol = http execution.delay = 10000 execution.deviation = 5000 execution.rampup = 30 execution.duration = 120 threads.group_1.users = 100 threads.group_2.users = 3 threads.group_3.users = 0 threads.group_4.users = 0 threads.group_5.users = 0 threads.group_6.users = 0 threads.group_7.users = 0 threads.group_8.users = 0 threads.group_9.users = 0
server.hostname: Hostname of the server you want to load test, e.g.
server.protocol: The protocol you want to use, usually
execution.delay: How many ms should pass between each action of a thread group
execution.delaywill randomly be increased / reduced by
execution.rampup: JMeter will take up to
execution.rampupseconds until all threads are started
execution.duration: Number of seconds the load test should run
threads.group_NUMER.users: Number of concurrent users you want to simulate for a thread group
The above configuration, for example, will run for 2 minutes and spawn 100 threads ("users") for the first thread group and 3 threads ("users") for the second thread group. Between each request of a thread ("user") a 10 second delay is defined.
In order to run JMeter some assets needs to be generated, so that JMeter knows which URLs to call and which products
to buy. All assets are generated directly from Shopware's database. For that reason, you need to specify your database
scripts/credentials.sh. A template for that file can be found in
Furthermore you need to specify
SHOP_USER_PASSWORD: JMeter will use this password when logging in as a user. If you are
load testing an existing database dump, you will usually need to set the passwords in the database:
UPDATE s_user SET password="$2y$10$PeSQ3o7F0hocHKH.1CvUCexZ/qernZ4wUC4cbGj2a3jLgLCcvwMRm"
This will set all passwords to "shopware". JMeter will now be able to log in as any of these users. As an alternative you can also generate dummy data automatically by using the Shopware CLI tools.
In order to generate all assets, just run
./scripts/all-uris.sh. If you just want to (re-)generate a part of the assets,
there are specific scripts such as
In order to execute the load test, just run
scripts/jm-run.sh. It will execute the test plan for the configured
While the test plans run, its usually helpful to watch the load of the application servers and the database: If disc load, RAM usage or CPU usage are extremely high, you might have found a bottleneck. But also keep in mind, that the number of connections can be a limiting factor for all of these servers.
After the test plan exited, you can run
./scripts/jm-edit.sh again in order to open JMeter. At the bottom of the navigation
on the left side you find "Summary Report" (1). Click on it and open the CSV file of your JMeter run (2):
JMeter will present you all URLs which have been called, the average response time, number of samples, percentage of
errors and other useful metrics. You can even inspect every single request by selecting "View Result Tree" from the
navigation. After opening the
result.csv file, JMeter will show you every request with the corresponding headers and
body. This is especially useful, if you want to debug errors.