How to get started with Loadrunner ? A Complete download guide

For the Speed, Scalability and Stability

What is Loadrunner

Loadrunner is an automated performance testing product from HPE for examining the stability, speed and scalability of an application. Loadrunner was initially owned by Mercury Interactive but HP(now HPE) acquired Loadrunner as part of its acquisition of Mercury Interactive in November 2006.

LR has the largest market share

HPE Loadrunner alone has a market share of about 55-70%, among all the performance testing tools available in the market. It boasts of a being a favorite to most of the performance testing gurus as well as newbies.

Here is a stat from Techwars clearly depicting the dominance of loadrunner as a performance testing tool.

Dominance of Loadrunner as a performance testing tool

The main reason for LR being so popular is that it is a complete performance testing solution for a business. With a large bundle of protocols being supported, it can test almost every kind of applications for performance, unlike many popular tools which supports website testing alone.

The excellent documentations of Loadrunner, made available by HPE and non-HPE experts, and a strong support team made Loadrunner easy and accessible for many performance testing professionals to learn the tool.

Downloading Loadrunner

In order to download the latest version of loadrunner, you will need to fill up this form by HPE and submit. Then follow the steps discussed below to go ahead with the installation.

Installing Loadrunner


The below video by Silvia(@silvia_ITM) explains the detailed steps to download and install loadrunner

More on Loadrunner Installation – The manual

You can download here the detailed 42 page PDF of loadrunner installation manual. It explains, in details, the different ways of installing loadrunner. The PDF mentions about the system requirements, prerequisite software, how to install loadrunner on windows, how to install/uninstall load generators on UNIX, installing load generators using docker, how to improve load generator performance and much more.

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