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Loader.io vs Paw: What are the differences?

Developers describe Loader.io as "Simple Cloud-based Load Testing". Loader.io is a free load testing service that allows you to stress test your web-apps/apis with thousands of concurrent connections. On the other hand, Paw is detailed as "The ultimate REST client for Mac". Paw is a full-featured and beautifully designed Mac app that makes interaction with REST services delightful. Either you are an API maker or consumer, Paw helps you build HTTP requests, inspect the server's response and even generate client code.

Loader.io belongs to "Load and Performance Testing" category of the tech stack, while Paw can be primarily classified under "API Tools".

"Easy to use" is the top reason why over 5 developers like Loader.io, while over 40 developers mention "Great interface" as the leading cause for choosing Paw.

According to the StackShare community, Paw has a broader approval, being mentioned in 17 company stacks & 12 developers stacks; compared to Loader.io, which is listed in 14 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.

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Ratan Sharmacharya
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I have a team that is not heavy on programming skills. I am looking for a load testing tool that is easy to use. Preferably, the tool should be a record and playback tool without much programming. Also, the tool should be able to test APIs apart from web-based applications. What tool should I opt for?

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Deepak Naik
Product Owner at Digite Infotech Private Limited · | 3 upvotes · 12.4K views

My choice would be Apache JMeter, It's free and opensource plus it comes with lots of plugins and extendability. Apache JMeter needs a small amount of a learning curve and a basic understanding of Network, Protocols (TCP/IP ports, HTTP(S) and REST/SOAP, etc.) for initial setup. But it doesn't require programming skills. it has a nice record and playback option. You can still carry on without the developer skillset if you follow these steps. 1. Take backup. 2. Start recording and interact with the application. 3. stop recording and save the test case. This will give you your test-bed, after this, after these steps, every time just do Restore from backup and then Playback and observer results.

If you have longer recordings then an understanding of how to modify the recorded scripts will come handy.

For some of the advanced features such as Configuring variables, implementing loops, throttling adding think time, and automating test scaling to the number of users will require good planning of test scenarios and a Developer experience but this is true for any tool (even loader.io)

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Pepe Ruiz
Head of Content at k6.io · | 2 upvotes · 12.3K views
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k6

Disclaimer: I work at k6, and I recommend you try our tool.

It might require some coding skills, but we support a few options to record a user session to autogenerate the load test. Read How to record a browser session with k6 OSS.

The k6 Cloud also supports recording a user session with a Browser Extension. Additionally, it provides a Test Builder UI to generate a load test for testing APIs.

If you have questions or need help, you can ask on Slack and the Community forum.

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Pros of Loader.io
Pros of Paw
  • 8
    Easy to use
  • 6
    Free tier
  • 3
    Heroku add-on
  • 46
    Great interface
  • 38
    Easy to use
  • 25
    More stable and performant than the others
  • 16
    Saves endpoints list for testing
  • 13
    Supports environment variables
  • 12
    Integrations
  • 9
    Multi-Dimension Environment Settings
  • 4
    Paste curl commands into Paw
  • 2
    Creates code for any language or framework

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Cons of Loader.io
Cons of Paw
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    • 3
      It's not free
    • 2
      MacOS Only

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    What is Loader.io?

    Loader.io is a free load testing service that allows you to stress test your web-apps/apis with thousands of concurrent connections.

    What is Paw?

    Paw is a full-featured and beautifully designed Mac app that makes interaction with REST services delightful. Either you are an API maker or consumer, Paw helps you build HTTP requests, inspect the server's response and even generate client code.

    Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

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