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Jmeter test workload inside kubernetes. Jmeter chart bootstraps an Jmeter stack on a Kubernetes cluster using the Helm package manager.

Currently jmeter helm chart deploy:

  • Jmeter master
  • Jmeter slaves
  • InfluxDB instance with graphite interface as a jmeter backend
  • Grafana instance

kubernetes-jmeter stack architecture


Using helm repo:

helm repo add k8s-jmeter

Old way: Using local copy of git repository:

git clone
cd kubernetes-jmeter/charts/jmeter
helm install -n test ./

When jmeter chart is installed from local folder k8s-jmeter/jmeter should be replace with ./.

If you would like to provide custom values.yaml you can add -f flag.

helm install -n test k8s-jmeter/jmeter -f my_values.yaml

The command deploys Jmeter on the Kubernetes cluster in the default configuration. The configuration section lists the parameters that can be configured during installation.

Tip: List all releases using helm list

If you change deployment name (-n test) please update grafana datasource influx url inside your custom values.yaml files.

If you already own grafan and influx stack, kuberentes-jmeter could be deployed without those two dependencies.

helm install -n test k8s-jmeter/jmeter --set grafana.enabled=false,influxdb.enabled=false

Run sample test

Manual run

Copy example test

kubectl cp examples/simple_test.jmx $(kubectl get pod -l "app=jmeter-master" -o jsonpath='{.items[0]}'):/test/

Run tests

kubectl exec  -it $(kubectl get pod -l "app=jmeter-master" -o jsonpath='{.items[0]}') -- sh -c 'ONE_SHOT=true; /'

Run test via configmap

Upload test as configmap:

kubectl create configmap one-test --from-file=./examples/simple_test.jmx

Deploy test with auto run, if the config.master.oneShotTest would be skipped the test need to be trigger as in manual run step.

cd ./charts/jmeter
helm install -n test k8s-jmeter/jmeter --set config.master.testsConfigMap=one-test,config.master.oneShotTest=true

Logs could be displayed via kubectl logs or visualize via grafana:

kubectl logs $(kubectl get pod -l "app=jmeter-master" -o jsonpath='{.items[0]}')

Example logs from master:

Sep 20, 2018 8:40:46 PM java.util.prefs.FileSystemPreferences$1 run
INFO: Created user preferences directory.
Creating summariser <summary>
Created the tree successfully using /test/simple_test.jmx
Configuring remote engine:
Configuring remote engine:
Starting remote engines
Starting the test @ Thu Sep 20 20:40:47 GMT 2018 (1537476047110)
Remote engines have been started
Waiting for possible Shutdown/StopTestNow/Heapdump message on port 4445
summary +   1003 in 00:00:13 =   76.8/s Avg:   148 Min:   123 Max:   396 Err:     0 (0.00%) Active: 16 Started: 16 Finished: 0
summary +    597 in 00:00:05 =  110.8/s Avg:   150 Min:   123 Max:   395 Err:     0 (0.00%) Active: 0 Started: 16 Finished: 16
summary =   1600 in 00:00:18 =   86.7/s Avg:   149 Min:   123 Max:   396 Err:     0 (0.00%)
Tidying up remote @ Thu Sep 20 20:41:06 GMT 2018 (1537476066203)
... end of run

Test could be restarted via pod restart:

kubectl delete pods $(kubectl get pod -l "app=jmeter-master" -o jsonpath='{.items[0]}')

Remove stack

helm delete YOUR_RELEASE_NAME --purge

The command removes all the Kubernetes components associated with the chart and deletes the release.


The default configuration values for this chart are listed in values.yaml.

Parameter Description Default
imageCredentials.registry Image repository
imageCredentials.username Repository user -
imageCredentials.password Repository password -
image.master.repository Image master repository kaarol/jmeter-master
image.master.tag Image master tag. test
image.master.pullPolicy Image master pull policy Always
image.slave.repository Image master repository kaarol/jmeter-slave
image.slave.tag Image master tag. latest
image.slave.pullPolicy Image master pull policy Always
config.disableSSL Disable SSL communication between node true
config.master.replicaCount Number of master 1 - currently only one
config.master.restartPolicy Pod restart policy Always
config.master.oneShotTest Run test after successful deployment flase
image.slave.replicaCount Number of jmeter workers 2
image.slave.restartPolicy Pod restart policy Always
anotations Additional annotations {}
labels Additional labels {}

Grafana tips

File would cover all extra tips for config/access grafana charts.

Project status

Currently kubernetes-jmeter project is able to run some test on distributed slaves but there still is a lot to do. In few days there should be some documentation added to this repo.

To Do

Everything ;)

  1. Visualization stack (Grafana + influxdb)
  • Add default dashboard after deployment
  1. Helm charts - 80% of base chart
  • (Hold) Auto update influxdb datasource base on release name currently there is fixed test-influx host added.
  • Resource limitation
  1. Jmeter test get from maven (0%)
  2. Jmeter test get from git (20%) - still not push to master
  3. SSL between Jmeter nodes
  4. Documentation (55%)