Apache JMeter VS Karate

Compare Apache JMeter vs Karate and see what are their differences.

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Apache JMeter Karate
5 22
6,628 6,497
1.3% 1.5%
9.3 9.1
9 days ago 3 days ago
Java Java
Apache License 2.0 MIT License
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Apache JMeter

Posts with mentions or reviews of Apache JMeter. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-11-03.
  • Deep Dive: Migrating from a Data Center to AWS
    3 projects | dev.to | 3 Nov 2022
    We set up staging environments in AWS to test our new infrastructure. Starting with some relatively modest capacity choices (1-2 t3.small instances per web app), we performed load tests on the most popular pages on each site. We built some simple load testing scripts that wrapped Apache JMeter commands:
  • Discover issues with performance testing
    5 projects | dev.to | 16 May 2022
    There are many tools out there like Gatling, Locust, and K6, but here I'll explain just a bit of JMeter. It is totally visual and pretty easy to follow and understand 🤗; it also includes a module that generates dashboards that gives us an APDEX result, which is what we want. By default, I have it on my system; you can use the same idea or simply download it from the official website and run it afterward.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Karate. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-11-25.
  • Hurl, run and test HTTP requests with plain text
    14 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 25 Nov 2022
  • Hurl 1.8.0, text based integration tests for REST APIs and web sites
    6 projects | reddit.com/r/rust | 7 Nov 2022
    FWIW https://github.com/karatelabs/karate is 83% Java.
    6 projects | reddit.com/r/rust | 7 Nov 2022
    I'm doing something similar but taking the approach of karate framework making it a kitchen sink of e2e testing tools. love to see another rust based solution! I might open source mine at some point, I've implemented curl + webdriver, I will expand to support other things in my stack like desktop automation.
  • Best tool for automated API e2e testing
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/softwaretesting | 27 Oct 2022
  • What is the best self hosted API-testing tool in 2022 ?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/softwaretesting | 16 Jul 2022
    Try Karate
  • Framework for end to end testing of microservices
    5 projects | reddit.com/r/softwaretesting | 3 Jul 2022
    Take a look at Karate.
  • Launch HN: Karate Labs (YC W22) – Open-Source API and UI Test Automation
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 13 Jun 2022
    Hi HN, Peter here, founder of Karate Labs (https://karatelabs.io) joined by my co-founder Kapil. Karate is an open-source solution unifying API and UI test automation, including mock servers and performance testing (https://github.com/karatelabs/karate).

    Back in 2016, I was part of the API platform team at Intuit. An issue had been slowing down the team: a particular test for a set of key services would randomly fail, and it was not clear if this was a problem with the test or if there was a genuine defect. The deeper I looked, the more the complexity around the test-suite freaked me out. It was using an in-house framework, which had evolved over years and the test depended on code in multiple files scattered across the workspace. It was clear that many programmers had attempted to fix it over the years. It was next to impossible to understand what the test was doing. There had to be a better way to express web-service functional tests, and I started thinking hard about it.

    This gave birth to Karate, a scriptable framework combining API and UI test automation. It has seen world wide adoption as an open-source project, including 37 of the Fortune 500 companies (so far!). Companies that have written about how they use Karate include Walmart [1], Expedia [2], Adobe [3], Trivago [4], and Oktana [5].

    Karate has its own Domain Specific Language, focused on writing tests with less code and in less time. This results in easy-to-read, maintainable tests, which are often simple enough for product owners to be able to contribute to. Karate also has powerful assertions (https://twitter.com/getkarate/status/1515657727913377798 ), runs tests in parallel, and can reuse API tests as performance tests, which saves time compared to rewriting performance tests using a second tool. The UI automation space is crowded, but there are very few tools that do all three: API, UI and performance testing.

    Last year, we decided to leave our day-jobs and work full-time on Karate. We incorporated Karate Labs as a for-profit company with an open-core business model in mind. In recent weeks, we've released our first two open-core products.

    Karate Studio can import Postman collections, Swagger, OpenAPI, HAR and cURL. Once imported, you can preview an API sequence and edit it using an intuitive no-code interface. You can then export it as a ready-to-run Karate feature file that you can integrate into your existing CI/CD or DevOps pipeline. If you already have a set of Postman collections, you can migrate them to Karate and get the benefits of parallel execution, powerful assertions and performance testing. If team members prefer Postman for exploratory testing, they can use Studio to convert their draft collections into full-fledged API automation suites, complete with assertions for complex business logic, and then use them in regression test suites. Studio can also export back to Postman if needed. It is available for a 7-day free trial at https://studio.karatelabs.io, and you can see a demo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJCgtnhektA.

    Our second new product is an IntelliJ plugin (https://www.karatelabs.io/intellij-plugin) that integrates the auto-complete experience and syntax hints that developers love. Until now, Karate support in IntelliJ was via the built-in Cucumber and Gherkin support, which was very basic. Teams have wished for a better option that would take advantage of all the Karate capabilities such as embedded JSON, JS and data assertions. Now you can write, debug, and maintain Karate tests even faster than before. The plugin is available from the JetBrains Marketplace with a 30-day free trial: https://plugins.jetbrains.com/plugin/19232-karate.

    When it comes to "build vs buy", many teams tend to build test automation frameworks. The fact that maintenance of an in-house framework eventually becomes prohibitive in terms of effort and cost, tends to be overlooked. We are trying to increase awareness that choosing a mature open-source framework like Karate is the right move for any team wanting to improve developer velocity.

    We thank the community, developers and enterprise users of Karate for having helped us achieve broad adoption and earn credibility in the test-automation domain. We look forward to your support, feedback and suggestions.

    [1] https://medium.com/walmartglobaltech/kafka-automation-using-...

    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 13 Jun 2022
    This is something we need very desperately right now - DESPERATELY.

    And despite that, this was the feedback from some of my colleagues (referring to this: https://github.com/karatelabs/karate/raw/master/karate-demo/...) :

    "I not like syntax but docs looks like good_)"

    "I also don't like the syntax. In the past, Ive ended up writing a lot of code that amounts to syntax configuration without a ton of benefit. Arguably, it's so that non-developers can read the tests, but in practice they still don't."

    Most of our complexity comes from having to test against two independent systems - deployed smart contracts and a database. Anyway, let us see if they try it out.

  • If you have any resources for API testing . please suggest!! Thanks in Advance
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/softwaretesting | 22 Apr 2022
  • Selecting a Load And Performance Testing Framework - Gatling vs. Grafana k6
    3 projects | dev.to | 25 Feb 2022
    As we are using Karate DSL for API testing, a straightforward choice would be to go with Gatling, as it nicely integrates with Karate DSL, and we can reuse our existing tests for performance testing.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Apache JMeter and Karate you can also consider the following projects:

REST Assured - Java DSL for easy testing of REST services

Cucumber - Cucumber for the JVM


WireMock - A tool for mocking HTTP services

TestNG - TestNG testing framework

MockServer - MockServer enables easy mocking of any system you integrate with via HTTP or HTTPS with clients written in Java, JavaScript and Ruby. MockServer also includes a proxy that introspects all proxied traffic including encrypted SSL traffic and supports Port Forwarding, Web Proxying (i.e. HTTP proxy), HTTPS Tunneling Proxying (using HTTP CONNECT) and SOCKS Proxying (i.e. dynamic port forwarding).

JUnit - A programmer-oriented testing framework for Java.

Citrus - Framework for automated integration tests with focus on messaging integration