Up and running with JMeter

Now, let's get up and running with JMeter, beginning with its installation.

Installation

JMeter comes as a bundled archive so it is super easy to get started with it. Those working in corporate environments behind a firewall or machines with non-admin privileges appreciate this more. To get started, grab the latest binary release by pointing your browser to http://jmeter.apache.org/download_jmeter.cgi. At the time of writing this, the current release version is 2.12. The download site offers the bundle as both .zip file and .tar file. In this book, we go with the .zip file option, but free feel to download the .tgz file if that's your preferred way of grabbing archives.

Once downloaded, extract the archive to a location ...

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