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k6 can run many types of tests, each of which serves a different testing goal.

You can use the same test logic for multiple test types. The only thing that changes is the test workload configuration.

Types of performance tests

Each test type teaches you something different about your system.

  • Smoke tests verify that your system can handle minimal load, without any problems.
  • Load tests assess system performance in terms of concurrent users or requests per second.
  • Stress and Spike tests assess the limits and stability of your system under extreme conditions.
  • Soak tests assess the reliability and performance of your system over an extended period of time.

Start with a Smoke test and see how easy it is to run your first load test! After you know that the script works and the system responds to minimal load correctly, you can move on to other test types.