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K6 Performance Tests

Check out our blog post to follow tutorial steps to harness the power of k6 load testing in Kubernetes with Testkube's CLI and API.

K6 Grafana k6 is an open-source load testing tool that makes performance testing easy and productive for engineering teams. K6 is free, developer-centric and extensible.

Using k6, you can test the reliability and performance of your systems and catch performance regressions and problems earlier. K6 will help you to build resilient and performant applications that scale.

K6 is developed by Grafana Labs and the community.

Running a K6 Test

K6 is integral part of Testkube. The Testkube k6 executor is installed by default during the Testkube installation. To run a k6 test in Testkube you need to create a Test.

Using Files as Input

Let's save our k6 test in file e.g. test.js.

import http from 'k6/http';
import { sleep } from 'k6';

export default function () {

Testkube and the k6 executor accept a test file as an input.

kubectl testkube create test --file test.js --name k6-test

You don't need to pass a type here, Testkube will autodetect it.

To run the test, pass previously created test name:

kubectl testkube run test -f k6-test

You can also create a Test based on Git repository:

# create k6-test-script.js from this Git repository
kubectl testkube create test --git-uri --git-branch main --git-path examples --type "k6/script" --name k6-test-script-git

Testkube will clone the repository and create a Testkube Test Custom Resource in your cluster.

Using Additional K6 Arguments in Your Tests

You can also pass additional arguments to k6 binary thanks to --args flag:

$ kubectl testkube run test -f k6-test --args '--vus 100 --no-connection-reuse'

K6 Test Results

A k6 test will be successful in Testkube when all checks and thresholds are successful. In the case of an error, the test will have failed status, even if there is no failure in the summary report in the test logs. For details check this k6 issue.