February 15, 2021

The JMeter HTTP Request: How and When to Use It

Open Source Automation

One of the most used samplers in JMeter when configuring a test plan is the JMeter HTTP Request. This blog post will explain how to configure a JMeter HTTP Request and explore best practices on how to use it. 

This blog will also show an example of making a post request with this sampler and seeing the results with a listener element. 

Table of Contents:

What is the JMeter HTTP Request?

The JMeter HTTP Request is a sampler that lets you send an HTTP/HTTPS request to a web server for load testing.

There are different methods the sampler is able to use, like:

  • GET
  • POST
  • PUT
  • HEAD

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How to Configure and Use the JMeter HTTP Request

To add an HTTP Request, add a Thread Group, and then right-click on Thread Group -> Add -> Sampler -> HTTP Request (see figure 1). 

adding an HTTP request

Figure 10 - The result of the execution of the HTTP request named “Search Flights”. To see the result in a friendly way I use the option Browser. You can check it in the upper right corner.

That’s it! Now you have seen how to configure an HTTP request in JMeter, If you haven’t used it yet, I highly encourage you to give it a try! When you’re done, run your test in BlazeMeter for scalability, advanced monitoring and continuous testing.