January 19, 2022

Convert LoadRunner to Open-Source JMeter in Minutes

Open Source Automation
Performance Testing

As agile software development, continuous integration and continuous delivery gain traction in many organizations, the democratization of performance testing is being widely adopted. This is leading to more testing and far greater coverage.

Development teams are relying less on waiting for scarce external load testing resources. Instead, they are performance testing by using open-source easy-to-use Apache JMeter™, and using it early in the development cycle. This blog will explain how to do a LoadRunner to JMeter conversion.

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What is the LoadRunner to JMeter Conversion?

For a long time, Micro Focus (previously HP) LoadRunner was the only serious contender in the performance testing market and they could charge high annual license & maintenance fees. Besides the cost of the software itself, running large scale performance tests with LoadRunner is no easy feat.

LoadRunner’s meticulous test building and a long training process make load testing difficult. Especially compared to JMeter’s simple test building process that is easy to adopt by practitioners and advanced load testing abilities. JMeter users also enjoy extensive open-source community support as well as integration with additional open-source tools, like Jenkins for Continuous Integration, or Taurus, an open-source testing automation framework. Finally, JMeter testing is free, which removes licensing barriers and makes it unlimited.

Many people are looking for an open source alternative for performance testing as a result of the high price of LoadRunner. Look no more, help is here.

The free Script Converter can convert LoadRunner HTTP to JMeter and LoadRunner TruClient to Selenium in minimum time. You can also convert to Taurus and BlazeMeter.

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How to Convert Your LoadRunner Scripts to JMeter

Please note that as of JMeter version 3.2, you will be able to convert the tests assuming only HTTP(S) protocol (and derivatives). In LoadRunner terms they are:

  • Web - HTTP/HTML
  • Web Services

1. Go to https://shiftleft.blazemeter.com


BlazeMeter Script Converter

2. Compress your HTTP/TruClient script directory to a zip file. Upload the zip file to the converter.

3. Let the script conversion tool take it from there.
4. Once the script conversion is complete, click on “Download from BlazeMeter”. If you need to, sign up to BlazeMeter for free.

LoadRunner Script Converter Results Page

5. Download the compressed converted ZIP file.

Download compressed Zip file using BlazeMeter

6. Open the downloaded file and open the folder named “Your JMeter or Selenium Scripts”.

Viewing the downloaded zip file contents

7. Copy the JMX files to a folder on your computer.

8. Open the JMX file in JMeter (install JMeter if necessary). Adjust the script if you need to and run it.

Opening the JMX file

That’s it! You just ran your LoadRunner file in JMeter with a few easy steps.

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How to Convert Your LoadRunner Scripts to Taurus

The LoadRunner Script converter also enables you to convert your tests to Taurus, an open-source automation framework. Taurus allows you to easily run and automate open-source tests and view analytics. 

To convert to Taurus, follow steps 1-5 from the JMeter conversion section.

6. Copy the YML and txt files and put them in the same folder on your computer. Adjust the YML file if necessary in your text editor.

Copying YML file to same folder

7. Install Taurus if necessary.

8. Run the command 



9. View and analyze the results:

View and analyze the results

That’s it! You just ran your LR file in Taurus in a few easy steps.

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How to Convert Your LoadRunner Scripts to BlazeMeter

Your LoadRunner scripts can also be converted to BlazeMeter.

Follow steps 1-4 from the JMeter conversion section.

5. You can configure your tests by downloading the ZIP file. The “Test History” tab shows details such as which test execution engine is used, number of concurrent users and the GEO location from where the tests are executed.

Configure your tests

6. Launch the test for the default duration of 20 mins.

Launch test

That’s it! You can now view the test results on BlazeMeter:

View results

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Bottom Line

In this blog, we showed you how simple it is to start making the switch from LoadRunner to JMeter, Taurus, and BlazeMeter scripts. 

See why enterprises are exploring modern, agile-focused LoadRunner alternatives like BlazeMeter. Try BlazeMeter today with our free trial. 


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