What is k6?
k6 is a tool in the Load and Performance Testing category of a tech stack.
k6 is an open source tool with 5.7K GitHub stars and 307 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to k6's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses k6?
3 companies reportedly use k6 in their tech stacks, including Bluestem Brands, VV, and DataWorkbench.
Datadog, Kafka, InfluxDB, Debian, and Grafana are some of the popular tools that integrate with k6. Here's a list of all 9 tools that integrate with k6.
Why developers like k6?
Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use k6
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- Primarily for load testing, it also works for functional testing of APIs and microservices with its powerful JS ES6 based scripting API
- Straightforward CLI, sharing many UX aspects with the DevOps tools you already use
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It is open source software, a 100% pure Java application designed to load test functional behavior and measure performance. It was originally designed for testing Web Applications but has since expanded to other test functions.
Locust is an easy-to-use, distributed, user load testing tool. Intended for load testing web sites (or other systems) and figuring out how many concurrent users a system can handle.
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AWS Device Farm
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