Web performance and load test functionality is deprecated. Visual Studio 2019 is the last version where web performance and load testing will be available. RRS feed

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  • Looks like they are dropping testing completely....

    Also noticed "Coded UI Test for automated UI-driven functional testing is deprecated. Visual Studio 2019 is the last version where Coded UI Test will be available. We recommend using Selenium for testing web apps and Appium with WinAppDriver for testing desktop and UWP apps."

    Monday, December 10, 2018 3:26 PM
  • Hi Richard,

    Welcome to the MSDN forum.

    Like you found, the VS 2019 is the last version of visual studio with load tests feature and coded UI tests feature. For more detail information, please check this.

    Test Tools:

    • OSS UI test tools such as Selenium and Appium have gained momentum and have a strong community backing. Because these frameworks have become industry standards, we deprecated Coded UI test for automated UI-driven functional testing. Visual Studio 2019 will be the final version of Visual Studio with Coded UI test features. We recommend using Selenium for testing web-applications and Appium with WinAppDriver for testing desktop and UWP apps.
    • Visual Studio 2019 will be the last version of Visual Studio with load test features. For customers requiring load testing tools, we recommend using alternate load testing tools such as Apache JMeter, Akamai CloudTest, Blazemeter.

    Best regards,


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    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 1:57 AM
  • Sara,

    I can't believe Microsoft's attitude to this.... I can understand dropping codedUI as Seleninum/Webdriver has taken over the UI space massively but Microsoft's Web & LoadTesting offers something unique.

    I find it to be a great tool but has not had the market penetration probably due to the fact it requires a VS Ultimate licence... Maybe if it was de-coupled into a separate stand alone tool (targeted at Perf Engineers) then I truly believe MS could of taken over this space. It ability to be very simple on the one hand but extendable via .net on the other is great.

    I have invested a lot of time into VS Web/Loadtesting over the last 9 years and this feels like MS have thrown us under a bus.

    Annoyed is an understatement...

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 8:55 AM
  • Hi,

    Same situation for me, we have a lot of test solutions based on that feature, built up over many years.

    What about VS-test-agents-and-controllers ? Is it deprecated too ?


    Monday, December 17, 2018 4:33 PM
  • I think the problem is MS should have sold this as a separate entity or included it in Professional. Since it was tied to Ultimate/Enterprise, much like HP's and now MicroFocus' products, they priced it out of existence for many companies and users. This prohibits adaption in the community when you limit it so much.

    VS Load is a great tool but based on this there is no need to build throw away code. Time to move onto JMeter or BlazeMeter. 

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:49 AM
  • This is truly sad news, been using the Load Testing part of VS for the better part of 4 years the ability to write unit tests and use them has been a great help and all the while using C#. 

    Friday, January 18, 2019 10:26 AM
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    If you use Microsoft Test Manager to run tests in lab environments, you manage test controllers and their agents by using the Test Controller Manager in the Lab Center for Microsoft Test Manager. This topic is applicable only if you use Visual Studio to run tests.

    To configure and monitor the test controller and any registered agents, you must have a test settings file in your test project that contains the tests you want to run. Open the test settings file, choose Role and choose Manage Test Controllers from the drop down for the Controller field.

    For a load test project, you can also choose Manage Test Controllers from the Load Testmenu.

    Friday, January 18, 2019 10:57 AM
  • Hi Sara,

    We are quite Microsoft pro in our testing exercises. We are now on Azure Devops that is suppose to be on the latest version. We are now using visual studio enterprise 2017 that has all the test tools. My question is -  if we keep using VS 2019 that has all testing tools, for how long does the AzureDevops can support any automation testing that is prepared using VS 2019? Also, whats happening with the Test Hub is Azure Devops? Will it be available in future?


    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 3:00 PM
  • There is a new article about the end of life of the cloud based load testing service.

    See . It includes the text "We plan on closing down the corresponding Azure DevOps cloud-based load testing service on March 31st, 2020."



    Monday, February 25, 2019 9:33 AM
  • I agree! I haven't been able to use the web and load tests for years only because my employers haven't been able to justify the expensive Enterprise license. If they would have offered it as a standalone product it would have been very successful IMO since it was so simple to setup and use.
    Thursday, February 28, 2019 9:28 PM
  • Please add your support for MS to reconsider or Open Source here:

    User voice suggestion. Vote and let's see what happens.

    Also see the thread:

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019 2:43 PM
  • Please add your support for MS to reconsider or Open Source here:

    User voice suggestion. Vote and let's see what happens.

    Also see the thread:

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019 2:44 PM
  • Please add your support for MS to reconsider or Open Source here:

    User voice suggestion. Vote and let's see what happens.

    Also see the thread:

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019 2:44 PM
  • Some discussion by Microsoft of why Coded UI is being deprecated. See



    Saturday, April 13, 2019 7:46 PM
  • This is a poor decision by Microsoft.  Plenty of people are familiar with these tools.  If they want to increase adoption, invest more in marketing and/or make it part of VS Professional.  However, working for large enterprise customers, using this toolset was very common, and often preferred when testing .NET apps.
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:32 PM
  • We(LoadImpact) just published a new blog post comparing k6 and Visual Studio load testing.  Intent is to just show how you can run the same types of Azure load tests with k6.

    • Edited by Pepe Cano Tuesday, July 9, 2019 9:47 AM
    Tuesday, July 9, 2019 9:46 AM
  • Totally agree.. Still hoping they will open source but not holding my breath.

    • Proposed as answer by Jaeed Friday, September 13, 2019 8:46 PM
    Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:36 AM
  • We are exploring an idea for keeping our Visual Studio-based performance test framework alive which might provide a pathway for others seeking to retain the use of their VS test assets. I wrote a brief outline of our idea over on the thread with the request to open source referenced above.

    Please get in touch if you are interested in exploring that idea further.

    Friday, September 6, 2019 1:21 AM
  • I can't also believe that Microsoft is deprecating the webtest and coded webtest which is very very interesting to do all kind of testing. I do use it for functional and load test. This is a very very effective tools. I urge Microsoft not to deprecate it. Place this in Visual Studio in one form or other. Hope the Microsoft hears our cry!!!!!!!!!!!

    My whole company depend on my testing . I have around 200 sites automated by this great tool and in every maintenance time(monthly), I run the test and verified all the sites are up and running as expected or not.. which give us tremendous help as far as test goes. Same way I have 100 of business test cases automated by coded webtest. And Load test is also super and no doubt on it. There is a lot of value of having this product in visual studio.

    Please hear our cries and keep this in VS.

    • Edited by Jaeed Friday, September 13, 2019 8:44 PM
    Friday, September 13, 2019 8:41 PM
  • No need to worry.. :) The Azure cloud load testing services going to end March, 2020. As per Microsoft (Jamie Cool- Product Manager) The on premises, will run for fully supported for the next 5 years and an additional 5 years of extended support. So no worry till 2029 :)
    Thursday, January 9, 2020 11:22 AM
  • Came across an article which says that cloud-based load testing service has been deprecated.

    in this article, at one point it says that,

    "Running a load test in the cloud using Visual Studio (both auto-provisioned agents and self-provisioned ‘bring-your-own’ agents): You can continue to run the tests but self-hosted with Test Controller/Test Agent option outlined above."

    If all my load testing agents, controllers are created as VMs in Azure - and I use my VSTS subscription to run these load tests then do I need to worry? The above paragraph is a little confusing, hence asking.

    Thanks and regards, Garry McACharya

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:34 AM