Load Testing With C#

Load testing using DotNet BrowserUp can be done in a few ways.

  • You can use a REST API Client to drive test requests
  • You can use Selenium with C# to drive the browser
  • You can use C# with a websocket client to drive websocket requests
  • You can use any combination of the above, along with any other language we support

Load Testing with C# and Real Browsers

For a web application, the simplest way to test DotNet is to automate a browser that visits the pages that cause the websocket traffic. Out of the box, we support Playwright, Selenium, and others.

This approach offers a number of advantages:

  • It behaves as a real browser does
  • When the websocket behavior is changed, the script won’t need to be updated if the page flow is the same
  • You can re-use your Page Objects and your own source code that you already maintain to drive the test
  • Typically, the functional automation is ready earlier in the development cycle, letting you release sooner

To use our example, run:

browserup load init --selenium-csharp

Then, build the project:

dotnet build --configuration Release

Then, run the test:


Load testing a REST API with C#

Our standard image supports C# load tests using a REST API client. To generate an example, use the init command as follows:

browserup load init --csharp

Some points to keep in mind:

  • Any language that can run in a Docker container can be used to drive the load test.
  • There is nothing special about our examples–you can use your own code and libraries to drive the load test. In fact, we encourage it! DRY load tests are easier to maintain and more reliable.