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If you want to start Apache JMeter in non-GUI mode, use the following command line options:

  • -n – non-GUI mode – this specifies JMeter is to run in non-GUI mode
  • -t – JMX file – location of the test plan and the name of JMX file that contains the Test Plan
  • -l – log file name of JTL file to log sample results to


jmeter -n -t my_test_plan.jmx -l log.jtl



  • -j – name of JMeter run log file
  • -r – Run the test in the servers specified by the JMeter property “remote_hosts”
  • -R – list of remote servers Run the test in the specified remote servers
  • -H – proxy server hostname or ip address
  • -P – proxy server port


The commands will only be accepted if the scripts are run from the same host. Details on how to start JMeter on Mac system can be found here. Also, here is how to load test a website with Apache JMeter.

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