Locust Overview

Introduction

Testable has support for executing Locust tests in a globally distributed fashion. We also support Locust4j for those that want to write their Locust tests in Java.

Check out the Getting Started with Locust guide for a quick introduction on how to run your tests.

This section of the documentation goes into further detail on the various options, environment variables, etc that we support when running a Locust test.

Creating a Locust Scenario

There are two ways to create a Locust scenario:

  1. Create a new Test Case (New Test Case button on the dashboard or Test Cases -> New... on the left nav), select Locust file during step 2.
  2. Go to an existing test case and click on the Scenario tab. Click the New Scenario button and select Locust file as the scenario type.

Languages

Locust is a Python tool but also has support for several other languages. Testable supports the following:

  1. Python (default). Write a python script that is executed by Locust.
  2. Java (Locust4j). Write your tests in Java with locust4j. Testable will automatically spin up a master and slave for each Locust instance. Results across Locust instances are then aggregated by Testable. See below for more details.

Source

There are several ways to load your Locust code onto Testable.

  1. Upload Files + Create/Edit: Upload all *.py files that are required or create/edit them on our website. Useful if you want to see and update your main Locust file directly.
  2. Upload All Files: Upload all *.py files that are required.
  3. Version Control: Project is cloned from version control onto the test runner. The project folder becomes the working directory on the test runner when your test runs.

Locust Arguments

The scenario allows you to define all the arguments that are passed to the Locust process via command line arguments when it is run on the test runner.

This includes the locust file, host, concurrent clients, hatch rate, # of requests, locust classes, and log level.

Params

Params

Parameters are a way to specify values when defining your Test Configuration and then utilizing these within your scenario.

For example let's say we want to change the number of concurrent clients per Locust instance when defining our Test Configuration.

  1. Add a clients parameter in the Params section.
  2. Use this value within a property using the ${clients} syntax.
  3. When you create your Test Configuration it will ask you to specify a value for clients. This value will then be passed down into your test plan as defined above.

Read more about scenario parameters here.

Runtime Environment

See our Locust runtime environment page for a listing of all environment variables that are passed to the Locust process at test runtime.

Locust4j

Utilize locust4j and write your Locust tests in Java.

Your Java code will be run as a Locust slave process with each Locust4j process having a separate master local to the test runner. Results across test runners are aggregated on Testable's reporting infrastructure.

Your code will receive the Locust master host/port via system properties LOCUST_MASTER_HOST and LOCUST_MASTER_PORT:

Locust locust = Locust.getInstance();
locust.setMasterHost(System.getProperty("LOCUST_MASTER_HOST", "127.0.0.1"));\n' +
locust.setMasterPort(Integer.getInteger("LOCUST_MASTER_PORT", 5557));

Once you have written your code use these steps to setup a Locust4j scenario:

  1. Create a Locust scenario (see above for details).
  2. Select Language = Java
  3. Select the Source. There are various options including to create/edit your Java file directly on Testable. The options are explained in detail on the scenario page.
  4. Smoke test or create a test configuration to run your Locust4j tasks. It should work seamlessly.