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Released: Silk Performer 19.0

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Silk Performer 195.pngMicro Focus proudly announces: Silk Performer 19.0 is released! If you already use Silk Performer and you have a maintenance contract, you can upgrade to Silk Performer 19.0 for free.

Silk Performer is the one stop performance testing tool, which takes pressure from you by adding load to your application. Silk Performer allows you to create realistic load tests with up to hundreds of thousands of virtual users running across a broad range of enterprise application environments, including mobile and the latest web 2.0 technologies.

Silk Performer introduces significant enhancements with version 19.0. Here's an overview of the feature highlights:

Feature Highlights

HTTP/2 Replay


HTTP2 Replay - Blog graphic 5.pngSilk Performer 19.0 introduces HTTP/2 replay for web protocol scripts. HTTP/2 is a major revision of the hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) used in the World Wide Web. It offers a number of improvements over HTTP/1.1, which results in a considerably faster communication between client and server.

These improvements include a specific header compression method, the so-called server push feature, and the single-connection approach. Silk Performer now supports these HTTP/2 features for performance and load testing. Using HTTP/2 requires no additional licenses whatsoever.

Read: HTTP/2 Replay

Browser-driven load testing with Chrome and Firefox


Browser-driven with Chrome and Firefox - Blog graphic 2.pngIn addition to facilitating testing of today's modern web applications on the protocol level (HTTP), Silk Performer enables you to use real web browsers to generate load. In addition to Internet Explorer, you can now also use Chrome and Firefox to replay browser-driven scripts.

Recording is still Internet Explorer-based and managed through the Browser Application. 

Note: Currently, browser-driven load testing with Chrome and Firefox does not work in combination with multiple Windows sessions on an agent.

Read: Browser-driven with Chrome and Firefox

Java Framework Support for 64-bit Java

Silk Performer now enables you to choose between 32-bit and 64-bit Java for executing Java framework projects. With the 64-bit option, a virtual user launches a separate Java process to execute your Java test code.

Usability Enhancements


Recording Methods - Blog graphic 4.pngThis new release of Silk Performer again introduces a number of usability enhancements. For example: The performance of the Capture File page has been considerably improved, which results in a quicker initial display. Also, the capture analysis processing now shows the progress and you can cancel the analysis process, which can be particularly useful when working with large capture files. Moreover, on 64-bit operating systems Silk Performer makes use of a 64-bit capture analyzer process to also cope with very large capture files.

The Silk Performer Recorder has also gained some major improvements: It now shows the icons of the applications that are being recorded. This enables you to quickly verify that the correct applications are actually being recorded. Also the Recording Profiles tab, which is part of the recorder settings within the system settings, has been refurbished. It facilitates the use of the different recording methods Silk Performer provides.

Read: Recording Methods

The settings for the time series data now also apply to the virtual user report, baseline test report, and detailed report. This way, you can exclude individual measure groups from the reports and temporarily hide them.

Silk Performer now uses high-resolution measures throughout the entire product, which results in even more precise data and metrics. And you can now export SNMPv3 monitor graphs from Performance Explorer to Performance Manager.

General Enhancements

Silk Performer 19.0 introduces a variety of general enhancements throughout the product. For example: The invisible mode for Chrome and Firefox in GUI-level tests. When reusing functional tests as performance tests by importing Silk Test test assets to Silk Performer, you can now select headless Chrome and Firefox browsers to run in invisible mode.

Here are some more general enhancements: The application profiles have been renamed to recording profiles. This update will mainly be visible within the recorder settings. Silk Performer now comes with JMX datasource templates for the Wildfly application server, formerly known as JBoss application server. Some components of Silk Performer are built as 64-bit binaries. These files are now installed into the Program Files folder of your operating system. And last but not least: CloudBurst provides two new AWS regions: Beijing and Ningxia.

More information

  • For more information on all features of Silk Performer, you can also refer to the Online Help.
  • Another valuable source of information: the Silk Performer 19.0 Release Notes.
  • If you are already convinced and want to buy Silk Performer, don't hesitate to contact us: Go to microfocus.com and click Contact Us on the top right.

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Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

1. Tried out Silk Performer v.  19.0

2. When downloading .exe also given opportunity to download documentation - which contained content for v. 19.0

3. When using help online within SilkPerformer application v. 19.0, goes to version 18.5 help content

Should this be updated?

Steven Shippee

Olympia, WA

Micro Focus Expert
Micro Focus Expert

The help provided via documentation.microfocus.com is also going to be updated to 19.0 shortly.

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