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Flood Element getting started guide


Flood Element brings the familiar power of traditional browser scripting tools together with the proven performance of Flood to create an easy-to-use and maintainable performance testing tool.

Flood Chrome works by spinning up hundreds or even thousands of instances of Google Chrome, and running the scripts you define here to drive a load test. We call this Browser Level Load Testing.

This project is currently in beta and APIs are subject to change.


1. Install Element

Install using NPM:

First, make sure you have installed the latest version of NodeJS for your platform.

# Using yarn
yarn global add @flood/element-cli
# Using npm
npm install -g @flood/element-cli
# Verify install
element --version

On macOS:

If you are on macOS and don't already have NodeJS installed, consider installing element using homebrew.

brew install flood-io/taps/element

This will install element along with anything else it needs to run, such as NodeJS.

2. Initialize Your Project

Using the element command, you can generate a new project or generate a test within your existing project.

Generate a new project

element init ./my-element-project

This will create a new project an test.ts file with a single step stubbed out for you.

Or, generate a new file

element generate load-test-dashboard

This will create a new file with a single step stubbed out for you.

3. Write and Validate Your Script

Edit test.ts in your editor of choice. To learn more about the scripting capabilities we've put together a detailed tutorial on testing the "Flood Merchandise Store".

As you're writing your script, you can validate it by running it locally using element run:

element run test.ts

This will run the script in an instance of Chrome and output the results locally.

For details of the available options see the element run guide.

4. Run a real Load Test on Flood

Now that you have a test script, upload it to Flood as a new Stream and launch a Flood (a test).

Upload your script to Tricentis Flood

Continue learning more Flood Element techniques by starting with our API documentation. The main entry point to all tests is the Browser class and a great place to get a feel for the capabilities of each test.


Over the years, countless customers have mentioned that getting started with Load Testing is a daunting task. That's why it's often left until the last minute before launch. At Flood, it's our mission to make Load Testing less daunting and accessible to everyone. We want to give developers and testers an easy way to ensure that whatever part of the system they're responsible for meets expectations for both functionality and performance.

What can I do with it?

  • Flood Element can be used to apply load to any web accessible application and measure how it performs as the load is ramped up.

  • Measure performance regressions after deploys by integrating it with your CI/CD pipeline.

  • Measure your application's response time from different regions as experienced by your customers.

  • Create realistic load scenarios which stress test your network infrastructure without developing complex protocol level load test scripts.

Repository Layout

Flood Element is developed as a monorepo and comprises two packages:

  • @flood/element is the library implementing the Element API.

  • @flood/element-cli wraps up the library for you to use from the CLI to develop and debug test scripts.

When you run your script as a load test on Flood, this same @flood/element package is used to execute the test.


Reporting Issues

If you encounter any issues with the @flood/element project or Flood Element product, please open an issue on the GitHub project.

If you're encountering issues with Flood itself, please contact Flood Support from within the Flood Dashboard.