HTTP Proxy Server in JMeter: Record Example Script

Record Testing help tester to record & run their activity against test target. It is a type of automated testing but for multiple users. This tutorial guides you how to use Proxy Server to record your test.

The Proxy Server allows JMeter to watch and record user activity while they are browsing web application with a normal browser.

Here is the roadmap of this practical example

HTTP Proxy Server in JMeter

Step 1) Setting the HTTP Proxy server

This is a Step-by-step guide to setup proxy

  1. Start JMeter
  2. Select Test Plan on the tree
  3. Add Thread Group

    Right click on the Test Plan and add a new thread group: Add => Threads (Users) =>Thread Group

Setting the HTTP Proxy server

  1. Add HTTP Request

    Select the Thread Group; right click Add => Config Element => HTTP Request Defaults

Setting the HTTP Proxy server

In new HTTP Request Defaults element: In Server name or IP, enter “”. You should keep the others fields blank

Setting the HTTP Proxy server

  1. Add Recording Controller

    Right click on the “Thread Group” and add a recording controller: Add => Logic Controller =>

    Recording Controller

Setting the HTTP Proxy server

  1. Add Proxy Server to WorkBench

    Right click on the Workbench and add the http proxy: Add => Non-Test Elements => HTTP Proxy Server

    Setting the HTTP Proxy server

  2. Set Target Controller where your recorded scripts will be added

Setting the HTTP Proxy server

  1. Start Proxy Server

    Return to HTTP Proxy Server, and click the Start button at the bottom. Now your JMeter proxy server start

    Setting the HTTP Proxy server

  2. Start your Browser (I used Firefox), choose Tool => Option => Advanced => Network => Setting => Enter HTTP proxy as figure below

    Setting the HTTP Proxy server

Step 2) Record your activity

  1. Now Launch in your web browser (JMeter still open)
  2. Do activities search the keyword “guru99“.
  3. Back to JMeter, in HTTP Proxy Server, click Stop when finished

    Record Activity

  4. After finishing recording, you will see JMeter automatically created a new HTTP request as the figure below

    Record Activity

    JMeter has already recorded a user request to the Home Page of Google website. Http://

    The other HTTP requests display in above figure, you should remove them. Because sometime JMeter also records some advertising links while you are searching keyword on Google. We should ignore them in our Test Plan

  5. Click File => Save your Test Plan as

    Record Activity

  6. A Dialog box display => enter a name of your test plan at File Name field => Click Save

    Now your Test Plan is saved under name RecordingTestPlan.jmx

Record Activity

Step 3) Run your Test Plan

  1. Select Thread Group => Add => Listener=> Summary Report

Run Test Plan

  1. The Summary Report will show some basic statics

    Run Test Plan

  2. Select Thread Group, enter information as the figure below

Run Test Plan

You can refer the article 5 JMeter Performance Testing.doc to know the detail about Thread Group configuring

  1. Before you start the test, select “Summary Report”. When you ready to run a test, select Run => Start (Ctrl+R). JMeter will playback your activity in 100 times

    As the test runs, the statistics will change until the test is done.

    Run Test Plan

Step 4) Save your test result

  1. Click Save Table Data to save test result to file

Save Test Result

  1. Enter the name of the test result and click Save. Test Result in JMeter is saved in *.csv format as default

Save Test Result

Download the File Recording Test Plan

Download the File HTTP Proxy Server


If you face the issue while running the above scenario … do the following

  1. Check whether you are connecting to the internet via a proxy. If yes, remove the proxy.
  2. Open a new instance of Jmeter
  3. Open the RecordingTestPlan.jmx in Jmeter
  4. Right Click on Workbench => Merge=> Select HTTP Proxy Server.jmx
  5. Click on Thread Group => Summary Report
  6. Run the Test