Downloading Rational Performance Tester Starter Edition

Posted: March 22, 2018 Modified: April 23, 2018

IBM¬ģ Rational¬ģ Performance Tester Starter Edition helps you get up and running with performance testing. It is a scripting-free environment for automating load and performance¬†testing of web, ERP, and server-based software applications, and provides rich and customizable reporting to help you identify the presence and cause of system bottlenecks.

The starter edition is a no-charge download. You don’t need a product license to use the starter edition. It has no data or time limitations, and is intended for anyone who wants to start¬†quickly creating¬†and running¬†test scripts.¬†With the starter edition, you can run up to 5 virtual users at no-charge, depending on the test extension type. Paid options for adding capacity are available.

The download bits for the starter edition and the trial/full version of the product are same. Whether you use the starter edition or trial/full version of the product is the choice that you make at the install time.

Figure 1: Install panel to select the edition.


The Rational Performance Tester Starter Edition is available from version 9.0 or later.

Once you get up and running with the starter edition, you can add additional load generating capacity by using IBM Rational Performance Tester on Cloud.

You can also upgrade to Rational Performance Tester, which includes the following additional capabilities:

  • Integration with IBM UrbanCode Deploy and IBM Rational Quality Manager.
  • Executing compound test and from command line interface.

1. Plan and prepare

For a feature comparison between the starter edition and the full version of the offering, see IBM Knowledge Center article.

The trial and starter edition bits are only available on the supported Windows platform. For a list of supported Windows operating systems, see the system requirements page.

2. Install

For installation for the starter edition, see the Installation section in the Knowledge Center.

3. Report a problem or suggestion

If you find a bug or have a suggestion for an enhancement, post an entry in dW Answers by using the tag performance-testing.

4. Get support

Connect with IBM developers to get answers to your questions. Ask the dW Answers community. Use the tag performance-testing.

5. Upgrading

Installing this starter edition enables no-charge, unsupported, unlimited use of Rational Performance Tester Starter Edition and limited capabilities. For access to IBM support and full capabilities, you can purchase and upgrade to a supported product. See the Upgrade section of this Knowledge Center topic.