Apache Jmeter not launching Opensuse 12.1


I downloaded the Apache Jmeter file from their website and unzipped it. Now according to the instructions on the jmeter webpage, I just need to click on the “jmeter” file for it to open.

But when I do this, I am prompted to install some missing applications and if I cancel it, then it opens as a text file(which is not the way it is supposed to be).

Can anyone help me out.


Hi Prad,

As it says, you have to install/have java 1.5 or above. Check the other dependencies required. I have it running with out any issues on 12.1.

I guess you wana load test some server or machine. Might recommend some commend line CURL,
Server Monitoring

Also look into httperf, might be helpful.
httperf - The httperf HTTP load generator - Google Project Hosting

Good luck!

[LEFT]JMeter is Java-based application it needs Java Runtime Environment (or better Development Kit - JDK) installed and properly configured. The easiest way to get it running is following next steps:

  1. Download latest JDK from Oracle website (if your system allows - use 64-bit one)
  2. Install it somewhere (it’s better of location doesn’t contain spaces or native characters, something like /opt/java would be great)
  3. Same for JMeter. Download latest JMeter bundle and unzip it somewhere, i.e. /opt/jmeter
  4. Open Windows Command Prompt
  5. Type following in terminal:
    JAVA_HOME=/opt/java && export JAVA_HOME
    PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH && export PATH
    cd /opt/jmeter/bin


  1. set environment variable called JAVA_HOME with value of /opt/java
  2. add /bin folder of Java to your system path
  3. navigate to jmeter folder
  4. launch jmeter

More on the topic in JMeter Getting Started Guide