A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Install Apache JMeter on macOS

Tejaksha K
3 min readAug 5, 2023


Apache JMeter is a powerful open-source load testing tool widely used to measure the performance and scalability of web applications. If you’re a macOS user and want to get started with load testing, you’re in the right place! This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of installing Apache JMeter on your macOS machine, enabling you to kickstart your performance testing journey.

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Step 1: Check Java Version

Before installing Apache JMeter, ensure you have Java installed on your Mac. Open Terminal and enter the following command to check your Java version:

java -version

If you encounter the error message “The operation couldn’t be completed. Unable to locate a Java Runtime” while trying to launch Apache JMeter on your macOS, it means that Java is either not installed on your system or the environment variables are not properly set. Here’s how you can resolve the issue: Check my Blog How to install JAVA in macos

Step 1: Install Homebrew (if not already installed)

If you don’t have Homebrew installed on your macOS, you can install it by opening Terminal and executing the following command:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"

Step 2: Install Apache JMeter

Once Homebrew is installed, you can use it to install Apache JMeter by running the following command in Terminal:

brew install jmeter

Homebrew will automatically download and install Apache JMeter and its dependencies. The process may take a few minutes, depending on your internet connection speed.

Step 3: Verify Installation

After the installation is complete, you can verify if Apache JMeter is installed correctly by running the following command:

jmeter -v

You should see the JMeter version and other details displayed in the Terminal if the installation was successful.

Step 4: Launch Apache JMeter

To launch Apache JMeter, simply type the following command in Terminal:


The JMeter GUI will open, and you can start using JMeter for your load testing and performance testing needs.

Step 5: Uninstall Apache JMeter (Optional)

If you ever need to uninstall Apache JMeter in the future, you can do so using Homebrew with the following command:

brew uninstall jmeter


Using Homebrew (brew) to install Apache JMeter on macOS is a straightforward and convenient method. It saves you from the hassle of manual installation and ensures that you have the latest version of JMeter along with its dependencies. With JMeter installed, you can now focus on creating powerful performance tests and analyzing the performance of your web applications. Happy load testing!



Tejaksha K

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