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Distributed Testing is a kind of testing which use multiple systems to perform Stress Testing. Distributed testing is applied for testing web sites and server applications when they are working with multiple clients simultaneously.

Distributes testing uses client-server model as figure below:

How to perform Distributed Testing in JMeter

  • Master: the system running JMeter GUI, control each slave.
  • Slave: the system running jmeter-server, receive command from the master and send a request to server under test.
  • Target: the web server under test, get request from slaves.

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  • The firewalls on the systems are turned off. In some cases, the firewall may still be blocking the traffic. You should disable the Window firewall or Linux firewall.
  • All the machines should be on same subnet. If machines are not on same subnet, maybe they will not recognize each other in the network.
  • Use the same version of JMeter to avoid unanticipated errors/issues.

Here is the roadmap of this testing:

How to perform Distributed Testing in JMeter

Step 1) System configuration

On the slave systems, go to jmeter/bin directory and execute file "jmeter-server.bat".

Assume that a slave machine has IP address: On windows, you should see a window appear like following figure:

How to perform Distributed Testing in JMeter

On the master systems, go to /bin directory and edit file jmeter.properites, add IP slave machine as below

How to perform Distributed Testing in JMeter

Step 2) Run the test

On the master machine, run JMeter GUI and open the test plan.

Click Run on the menu bar; select Remote start -> select the IP address of slave machine

How to perform Distributed Testing in JMeter

Step 3) Troubleshooting

If you are unable to run test form the above machine and see below error, simply ask owner of slave machine to run the jmeter-server.bat File.

How to perform Distributed Testing in JMeter


There are some basic limitations for distributed testing. Here's list of the known items:

  • Server and all clients must be on the same subnet.
  • Distributed testing required target server to have large processing power. The target Server could be easily overloaded in case it gets too many requests by distributed JMeter tests.
  • A single JMeter can only handle a limited number of threads (100- 300 threads).
  • The distributed JMeter tests are complex, difficult for beginner to build.