Getting started on Linux

Follow these steps to start using Flood Agent on Linux

In this guide, we'll get Flood Agent running on your Linux computer.

The guide shows you how to run ad-hoc instances, suitable for exploration & prototyping floods. For production-scale installations see Running with systemd (linux).


Grab the latest binary from the Flood Agent Releases page. We recommend downloading the agent into its own directory. Once the binary has been downloaded, make it executable.

Download: flood-agent v1.0 64bit for linux

Here are the steps above as you might use them via the terminal:

mkdir -p ~/flood-agent
cd ~/flood-agent
curl -L \
    > flood-agent
chmod +x ./flood-agent

In the terminal, to run a binary from the current directory, don't forget the ./

For example, to run Flood Agent: ./flood-agent

Decide how to run your load generator

From here you need to decide whether you want to run your load generator as a Docker container, or from a local installation of JMeter or Gatling.

Docker is a good option if you'd like to

  • try out Flood with a minimum of setup.

  • get up and running quickly and are happy to use default configuration.

  • start prototyping & tuning load test plans.

  • use Flood Agent with a load generator not yet supported as a local installation (Flood Element & Selenium)

Alternatively, using a locally installed load generator is a good option to

  • operate in environments where docker is not available or not allowed.

  • apply custom libraries and configuration.

  • reuse existing resources.

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