Marteau is based on Funkload, which is a functional and load web tester based on Python.

The main features of Funkload are:

  • load tests are plain Python unit tests class
  • everything can be run from the command-line
  • you can run the load test locally or distributed across many nodes
  • nice HTML reports are generated

Marteau is just a Redis-based queue that let you run distributed Funkload load tests through the web.

Marteau features are:

  • management of a list of nodes
  • management of a list of workers
  • enqueues load tests and drives Funkload to run them
  • display successes, failures and Funkload reports

How to create a Marteau Load Test

Creating a load test for marteau is done in three steps:

  • create a Funkload load test - composed of a module and a configuration file
  • create a .marteau.yml file, that will be used by Marteau as the entry point.
  • push everything in a Github repository.

Create a Funkload test

Just follow Funkload tutorial

Create a Marteau configuration file

The Marteau configuration file must be named .marteau.yml and must be located in the root of your repository.

.marteau.yml is a YAML file with the following options. Every option is optional except script, test and name.

  • name – a name describing the load test.
  • script – the Python module that contains the Funkload test
  • test – The test to run, which is a class name followed by a method name. e.g. Class.method
  • wdir – the directory relative to the repository root that contains the Funkload test – defaults to root
  • nodes – the number of nodes to use to run the test – defaults to 1
  • deps – a list of PyPI dependencies required by the test. Will be installed on every node prior to starting the load.
  • cycles – the Funkload cycles. See definition. If not provided, will use the one in the Funkload configurarion file.
  • duration – the duration in seconds of each test. If not provided, will use the one in the Funkload configurarion file.
  • email – if provided, a recipient that will receive an e-mail when a load test run is finished, with a link to the HTML report.

Example of a configuration file

name: MarketPlace
test: MarketplaceTest.test_marketplace
nodes: 9
cycles: 10:20:30:100
    - PyBrowserID

Try it locally

Once you have a Funkload test and a Marteau configuration file, you can try to run it locally by using the marteau script against the github repo URL or against a directory containing a clone of the repo:

$ marteau /Users/tarek/Dev/
2012-08-16 13:27:25 [31624] [INFO] Hammer ready. Where are the nails ?
virtualenv --no-site-packages .
2012-08-16 13:46:20 [37308] [INFO] Report generated at '/tmp/report'
2012-08-16 13:46:20 [37308] [INFO] Bye!

In this mode, Marteau will ignore the node option and just execute the load test locally. Once it’s over you get the report generated, and you can view it in your browser.

Run it on a Marteau server

Once you are happy with your test, you can send it to a Marteau server via the command line, using the –server option.

The first thing to do is to get an API key on the target Marteau server.

Let’s say Marteau is running on

Visit with your Browser-ID login, then hit the Generate key button.

You will geta a user and secret key - you will need to set in your environment prior to running the script:

$ export
$ export MACAUTH_SECRET=eab6e5f09faec33...933d0a0e4c082fa74bc1e7a

Then you can run the script to add jobs in Marteau:

$ bin/marteau --server
2012-08-16 14:21:22 [48118] [INFO] Sending the job to the Marteau server
2012-08-16 14:21:22 [48118] [INFO] Test added at ''
2012-08-16 14:21:22 [48118] [INFO] Bye!

You can then visit the URL and watch the console live.

Alternatively, you can visit the Marteau server and just fill the form.