Artem Fedorov is a Java Developer at BlazeMeter. He specializes in writing plugins for JMeter. He also develops BlazeMeter plugins for Jenkins, TeamCity and Bamboo CI. Artem maintains and develops the Jenkins Performance Plugin.

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Feb 20 2019

What’s New in JMeter 5.1?

JMeter 5.1 has just been released! Since the last release in September 2018, the 5.1 version has new core enhancements, improved user experience, and bug fixes.


Here are some of the important things you need to know about JMeter 5.1:


Ability to create a Test Plan from a cURL command


Previously, users needed to click all HTTP request options within the JMeter interface in order to create a test plan. Now, you can use a simple syntax to add new HTTP requests to a test plan from a cURL command. The cURL, short for “Client for URLs”, is a command line tool for creating and executing HTTP requests from the command line. If a user already has cURL scripts, than they can also copy the cURL commands to a special popup in JMeter and generate a Test Plan.

 

create a Test Plan from a cURL command

 

1. To create an import from a cURL open the ‘Tools’ menu and click ‘Import from cURL’.

 

import from cURL

 

2. You will then see a cURL window where you can write in your curl request. To learn more about writing your own curl request, click here. For example, if you want to show the same action that the browser would do when you click on the “Find Flights” button at blazedemo.com, you can add a POST request to ‘http://blazedemo.com/reserve.php’ with the following body: ‘fromPort=Paris&toPort=Buenos+Aires’.


The final cURL command will look like this: ‘curl -X POST -d "fromPort=Paris&toPort=Buenos+Aires" http://blazedemo.com/reserve.php

 

Final cURL command

 


3. Then click ‘Create HTTP Request’ button and a new HTTP Sample will be added to the Test Plan.

 

Create HTTP request

 

SubResult Naming Policy:


JMeter has two ways to revert previous behavior for sub result naming policies. One way is to add "subresults.disable_renaming=true" property in jmeter.properties file. The other way is select Functional mode checkbox. We’ll discuss both options below.


Before version 5.0, when your HTTP Sampler contained sub results, they would have their own names. In 5.0, a new custom naming policy was introduced for sub-samplers (Bug 62550): sub-result name = parent sampler name + index.


For example, in the screenshots below, you can see the difference. In the left image, you see JMeter 4.0 where you can see which functional tests had subsamplers and requests that failed. This is because the Sample label is a request URL.

 
In the right image from version 5.0, you can see that a sub-request failed, but you can’t understand which request was failed from the sample label, because the name was modified and only contains the parent sample label + index.

 

SubResult Naming Policy

 

There are two ways to revert to the previous behavior (before version 5.0).


The first way to ignore the new renaming policy is to turn on Functional Test Mode in Test Plan options. This is an option for those making functional tests who prefer to see labels with a request URL instead of renamed label.


To turn on Functional Test Mode:


1. First click test plan
2. Then select the checkbox “Functional Test Mode”

 

Functional Test Mode

 

Alternatively you can add a subresults.disable_renaming=true property in jmeter.properties file. You can find this in JMETER_HOME/bin directory.

 

subresults naming policy jmeter

 

Pass custom mail.* properties to Mail Reader Sampler


The JMeter UI has a limited set of options for config connection to the message store. By using some mail.* properties, you can add more configuration to the mail agent. The Java Mail service API provides a lot of properties for configure pop3 protocol. This allows for more flexible mail connection that users can customize using all Java properties that exists for Mail Agent.

 

Mail Reader Sampler

 

Properties available include ssl configs, proxy configs, cache controls, etc. You can also configure timeout properties, which can’t be done through the JMeter UI. You can find the full list of properties that can be used for the config pop3 message store here.

 

This fix was implemented by Artem Fedorov and contributed by BlazeMeter.


In order to implement, you need to open jmeter.properties file in your JMETER_HOME/bin directory and add the properties that you want to configure.


For example if I want use proxy server I can setup the following properties:


mail.pop3.proxy.host=localhost
mail.pop3.proxy.port=9999
mail.pop3.proxy.user=proxy_user
mail.pop3.proxy.password=123456

 

JMeter 5.1 properties

 

These properties specify an HTTP web proxy server that will be used for connections to the mail server.

 

JDBC Connection Configuration improvement


With JMeter version 5.1, users can now specify init SQL statements. These can include any options that provide you with a database. For example, configurations for current sessions like disable caching, and duration of current session. You can find more configuration references here.


In order to configure the init SQL statement, you need to add ‘JDBC Connection Configuration’ to your Test Plan and write your script. In our example below, we’ll disable caching for Amazon Redshift using the following SQL statement:
SET enable_result_chache_for_session=false;

 

JBDC Jmeter 5.1

 

To learn more about testing your database using JMeter via JDBC Sampler you can check out this blog post.


 

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