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The combination of using JMeter and some simple scripting to invoke Selenium code allows you to measure how fast HTML pages take to load. And with Headless browser execution, the test execution time can be reduced up to 30% and lets you continue to use your computer while the tests execute in the background. 


As Web driver restricts our ability to scale due to its high usage of CPU, combining it with a  well-organized JMeter load Test helps.


One of the most significant advantages we have here is achieving the performance matrix by avoiding multiple browsers opening up and minimizing the overall CPU usage and speed. 


There are two primary ways to achieve this integration:

  • We can do client-side performance analysis using ‘Web driver Samplers’ in JMeter using Selenium/Web driver Support Plugin
  • Selenium Scripts, which are already created, using Eclipse IDE can be integrated by exporting Selenium scripts jars and placing the jars in lib Junit folder

Using Selenium/Webdriver Support Plugin


Open JMeter after successful installation.

As we all know, JMeter is an open-source java application. There are custom plugins which one needs to install separately after JMeter installation, so one can use additional features using the Plugins Manager.

Install custom Plugin using Plugin Manager


  1. Download JMeter Plugin Manager jars file and add these jars to
    jmeter/lib/ext directory folder and Restart JMeter (Go to File->Restart )

    jmeter plugins

    1. Navigate Plugins Manager after restarting JMeter, navigate to “Options” from JMeter IDE and click on Plugins Manager as seen in screenshot
      plugin manager
      Now click on the Available tab of Plugin Manager and type Selenium/Webdriver Support
      And select  Selenium/Webdriver Support, click on Apply changes and restart JMeter
    2. Create a Test Plan and add a thread group
      Right-click on Test Plan and Add Thread group

      test plan
  2. Add Web driver Sampler
    The execution and collection of Performance metrics on the Browser (client-side) can be achieved using the WebDriver Sampler.

    With the help of WebDriver sampler, every browser consumes a significant amount of resources and every thread will have a single browser instance.

    Right-click on Thread group, click on Add>Sampler>jp@gc - WebDriver Sampler
  3. Add any Listener
    Right-click on Thread group, click on Add>Listener>View Result tree
  4. Add Config Element : Right-click on Thread Group-> New set of Configuration Element will be visible after one import Selenium/Webdriver Support Plugin such as:

    jp@gc - Chrome Driver Config
    jp@gc- Firefox Driver Config
    jp@gc-HtmlUnit Driver Config
    jp@gc-Internet Explorer Driver Config
    jp@gc-Remote Driver Config

    Add “jp@gc - Chrome Driver Config” under thread group
  5. Download Driver and Provide Path
    Download Chrome driver from the official website
  6. Provide Chrome driver path in Chrome driver Config
    Go to Chrome Driver Config and click on chrome tab next to proxy tab and provide the path of Chromedriver.exe

    chrome driver
  7. Add your selenium scripts to Webdriver Sampler
    Click on jp@gc - WebDriver Sampler
    Select your script language in which you have written your selenium code for example JavaScript
    Under the script field add your script between
    WDS.sampleResult.sampleStart() and WDS.sampleResult.sampleEnd()
    as seen below:

    web driver

    Sample Selenium code in java for searching Automation in web browser

    var searchBox = driver.browser.findElement(By.name("q"));
    searchBox.sendKeys('Test Automation');


    So while introducing your scripts in jp@gc - WebDriver Sampler one has to make the following changes:

    Replace driver keyword with WDS 

    Replace By class with org.openqa.selenium

     SAMPLE Script for jp@gc - WebDriver Sample

    var searchBox =
    searchBox.click(); searchBox.sendKeys('Test');


    web driver sampler

  8. Run and Validate
    In the Thread Group section one can increase number of users/ramp up time
    And evaluate results in the Listener opted to view and analyze Results.

    results tree


Setting up Junit Test Cases into JMeter


With Selenium we can write functional automation test cases, and we can put load on those scripts which are already written and validate the response time and other performance parameters


  1. A Sample Selenium Script with Junit Jars Download Jars and Selenium Standalone Jars Download
  2. Latest Java version (Download Java )must be installed and the Java path must be set. (Java Path)
  3. JMeter must be installed here



import org.junit.Test;
import org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;

public class sample{

public void testing()

System.setProperty("webdriver.gecko.driver", "C:\\Users\\Driver\\driver\\geckodriver.exe");
WebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver();



  1. Export Selenium Jars
    Navigate to your Java project by clicking on Project Explorer in the left side of panel of Eclipse IDE, click on class file you wish to export, then right-click on class file and click on export in the dropdown option.

    export selenium jars

    Under java folder, click on Jar file and click on Next.

    jar folder file

    Select jar file download location and provide the file name of the jar.
    Now copy the jar and place it under junit folder where JMeter is installed
    Example : apache-jmeter-5.2.1\lib\junit\Sample.Jar
  2. Open JMeter
    1. Under Test Plan, add a thread group (Test Plan right-click->Add thread group)
    2. Add Junit Sampler Request (Thread group->Add Sampler->Junit Sampler)

      1. Click checkbox Search for Junit4 annotation. Once you click the checkbox, you will observe the “Class Name” and “Test Method” text fields are auto-populated based on the script method

        junit request



More thread leads to more browser sessions, which ultimately deteriorate the performance to quite an extent.



HtmlUnitDriver helps to run the test case without opening the web browser i.e., in Headless mode. Html Unit driver is a better choice as it increases the execution speed and CPU usage while maintaining Selenium API. Headless testing is simply running your Selenium tests using a headless browser. It operates as your typical browser would, but without a user interface, making it excellent for automated testing

How to Achieve this?

When we integrate Selenium- Junit scripts in JMeter, we need to choose the browser driver as htmlUnitDriver in the Selenium- Junit scripts.

Download the htmlunit-driver and in sample script change the 


SAMPLE JUNIT SCRIPT using htmlunitDriver

import org.junit.Test;
import org.openqa.selenium.htmlunit.HtmlUnitDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;

public class sample{

public void testing()

System.setProperty("webdriver.HtmlUnitDriver.driver", "C:\\Users\\Driver\\driver\\htmlunitdriver.exe");
WebDriver driver = new HtmlUnitDriver();




Export this class file as jar file and label it with class name and replace this in location 

Example: apache-jmeter-5.2.1\lib\junit\Sample.Jar


Restart JMeter and reopen the Junit Selenium .jmx file and run with headless mode with the updated ‘sample’ file which has headless browser - HtmlUnitDriver.



With an increasing focus on the user experience, performance testing is essential.

It is important to know the overall page load time during load testing to establish speed and scalability of software applications. As shown, the integration of JMeter with Selenium allows for headless testing and improved scalability of your tests.

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