$ pip3 install locust
If you want the bleeding edge version, you can use pip to install directly from our Git repository. For example, to install the master branch using Python 3:
$ pip3 install -e git://github.com/locustio/locust.git@master#egg=locust
Once Locust is installed, a locust command should be available in your shell. (if you’re not using virtualenv-which you should-make sure your python script directory is on your path).
To see available options, run:
$ locust --help
Supported Python Versions¶
Locust is supported on Python 3.6, 3.7 and 3.8.
Installing Locust on Windows¶
On Windows, running
pip install locust should work.
However, if it doesn’t, chances are that it can be fixed by first installing the pre built binary packages for pyzmq, gevent and greenlet.
You can find an unofficial collection of pre built python packages for windows here: http://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/
When you’ve downloaded a pre-built
.whl file, you can install it with:
$ pip install name-of-file.whl
Once you’ve done that you should be able to just
pip install locust.
Running Locust on Windows should work fine for developing and testing your load testing scripts. However, when running large scale tests, it’s recommended that you do that on Linux machines, since gevent’s performance under Windows is poor.
Installing Locust on macOS¶
Make sure you have a working installation of Python 3.6 or higher and follow the above instructions. Homebrew can be used to install Python on macOS.
Increasing Maximum Number of Open Files Limit¶
Every HTTP connection on a machine opens a new file (technically a file descriptor). Operating systems may set a low limit for the maximum number of files that can be open. If the limit is less than the number of simulated users in a test, failures will occur.
Increase the operating system’s default maximum number of files limit to a number higher than the number of simulated users you’ll want to run. How to do this depends on the operating system in use.