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When starting with Apache JMeter for performance testing the first step you need to take is to install JMeter on your development machine so that you can develop the test scripts.

For installing JMeter on Mac machine you have a couple of options:

  • Installing JMeter via Homebrew
  • Installing JMeter by downloading the archive with the latest release

Installing JMeter via Homebrew

In case you do not know what Homebrew means, we can say just that is a package manager for macOS. (For more information on how the set up Homebrew you can find on https://brew.sh/. )

Installing JMeter using HomeBrew involves the following steps:

  • Open a Mac terminal where you will run all the commands
  • Check to see if Homebrew package manager is installed on your Mac. For that please run:
    • brew help or brew -v
  • If Homebrew is not installed, you can easy install it using the following command:
    • /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)"
  • To install JMeter without any extra plugins you need to run the following command:
    • brew install jmeter
  • To install JMeter with all the extra plugin you need to run the following command:
    • brew install jmeter --with-plugins (since Homebrew 2.0 this option does not work anymore )
  • Verify the installation by using the command:
    • jmeter -v
  • Run JMeter with the command:
    • jmeter

Installing JMeter by Downloading the Archive

Alternatively, you can download JMeter directly from the Apache website.


  1. Download JMeter:
  2. Unzip the Archive:
    • Unzip the downloaded file.
  3. Run JMeter:
    • Navigate to the bin folder and run the following command to start JMeter: sh jmeter.sh

It’s up to you which method you prefer as in the end you will get similar results.

Common Installation Issues and Troubleshooting

Common Errors:

  • Homebrew Not Found: Ensure Homebrew is installed correctly.
  • Java Not Found: JMeter requires Java. Ensure you have the correct Java version installed.


System Requirements and Prerequisites

System Requirements:

  • macOS: Version 10.11 or later
  • RAM: Minimum 1GB, recommended 2GB or more
  • Disk Space: At least 200MB free


  • Java: JMeter requires Java 8 or later. Verify Java installation with java -version.

Alternative Installation Methods

Other Methods:

  • MacPorts: Another package manager similar to Homebrew.
  • Manual Compilation: For advanced users, compiling JMeter from the source.

Pros and Cons:

  • Homebrew: Easier for beginners, automated updates.
  • Direct Download: Direct control over the version installed, useful for specific version requirements.

Configuration and Setup Post-Installation

Initial Configuration:

  • JMeter Properties: Adjust settings in the jmeter.properties file located in the bin directory for optimal performance.
  • Plugins: Use JMeter Plugins Manager to add useful extensions.

Usage Scenarios

When to Use Homebrew:

  • Ease of Use: Preferred for a quick and straightforward installation process.
  • Automatic Updates: Homebrew handles updates seamlessly.

When to Use Manual Download:

  • Version Control: Needed for specific version requirements or testing environments.


How do I update JMeter using Homebrew?

  • Run the command brew upgrade jmeter.

How do I uninstall JMeter from my Mac?

  • Use brew uninstall jmeter to remove JMeter.

Can I install multiple versions of JMeter on the same machine?

  • Yes, by manually downloading different versions and setting environment paths accordingly.

How do I check the current version of JMeter installed?

  • Run the command jmeter -v in the terminal.

What should I do if I encounter a Java version error?

Can I use JMeter without a GUI?

  • Yes, you can run JMeter in non-GUI mode using the command jmeter -n -t [test.jmx] -l [result.jtl].

How do I install JMeter plugins?

What is the best way to learn JMeter?

  • Start with the official JMeter User Manual and consider exploring online tutorials, courses, and forums for more practical insights and tips.

How do I increase JMeter memory allocation?

  • Modify the HEAP settings in the jmeter script located in the bin directory to allocate more memory to JMeter.

Can I integrate JMeter with CI/CD tools?

  • Yes, JMeter can be integrated with CI/CD tools like Jenkins using plugins like Performance Plugin to automate performance testing.

What should I do if JMeter GUI is running slowly?

  • Consider increasing the memory allocation and reducing the number of listeners in the test plan. Running tests in non-GUI mode can also help.

Can I install multiple versions of JMeter on the same machine?

  • Yes, by manually downloading different versions and setting environment paths accordingly.
  • To manage multiple versions, download each version from the official JMeter website.
  • Extract the downloaded files to different directories, e.g., /usr/local/jmeter/3.2, /usr/local/jmeter/4.0, etc.
  • Set the environment variable JMETER_HOME to point to the desired JMeter version directory before running JMeter commands.
  • For example, to switch to version 3.2, use the following commands:
  • export JMETER_HOME=/usr/local/jmeter/3.2
    export PATH=$JMETER_HOME/bin:$PATH
    jmeter -v
  • This approach allows you to switch between different JMeter versions as needed by updating the JMETER_HOME environment variable.

Performance Tips and Best Practices


  • Allocate More Memory: Increase JVM memory settings in the jmeter script.
  • Use Plugins: Enhance functionality with JMeter plugins.

Best Practices:

  • Regular Updates: Keep JMeter and its plugins up-to-date.
  • Organize Test Plans: Structure test plans for readability and maintenance.

Related Tools and Extensions

Useful Plugins:

  • JMeter Plugins Manager: Simplifies plugin installation.
  • Custom Plugins: Download and install specific plugins as needed.


  • Install plugins using the JMeter Plugins Manager for ease of use.

Conclusion and Next Steps

Installing JMeter on your Mac is a straightforward process with either Homebrew or direct download. Choose the method that suits your needs and start creating performance test scripts. For more detailed tutorials, check out our related articles on creating test scripts and running load tests.

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