Need desktop version of PageTest

Pat and et al.

I was trying to test a page within firewall and downloaded/installed desktop version of PageTest latest file from Pagetest - Browse Files at

But it seems like it’s not working as intended. I have confirmed that Page Test addon is installed and it did show up in Tool menu of IE. But when I click on this, it just opens Research / Search box and when clicked again it closes the Search Box.

Is there a problem in file/ Installation or am I doing something wrong? By the way I did install this version Pagetest_2_0_0_217.msi . Is it correct?

Can you guide me to get it work, please?


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If you’re still having problems, try the 221 build which is the current build on sourceforge. If it is still having problems let me know but I’ve never seen the behavior that you are discussing.

HI Patrick, Can use the 221v of PageTest to test browser speed on IE9? I noticed it was opted for IE6 and IE7.

Are you using the desktop browser plugin? 221 is pretty ancient (I’m on 311 or so now). I don’t do regular releases of the desktop installer but I can put it up somewhere if that is what you are using (the focus has been largely on the webpagetest integration).

In my work, we want to automate the web performance test, on both starting the test and analyzing the report.

For this purpose, do we have to use the script? Do we have to use the desktop version?

If the answer is yes, could you kindly send me the latest version?



Your best bet would be to do a full private install (web server and agent) and use the HTTP REST API to control it -

It would be great to be able to use the desktop browser plugin, Patrick - still possible to get a 331 installer for it? I don’t see any way to get it after searching. The 221 build I got from sourceforge just pops up a blank window on IE9.

I need to do occasional testing of client sites from my own location as I live in the target market area for the sites (which are hosted in a datacentre a long ways away and are using CDN with a nearest Edge across the border.)

Any help appreciated.


I started cutting releases of the desktop installer whenever I update the WPT package. I don’t call them out specifically but you can see the msi’s here - Google Code Archive - Long-term storage for Google Code Project Hosting. (325 is the latest that I have available there and it will probably be updated this week with a new release).



This thread is pretty old - maybe things have moved on… I’m looking to capture timings of WebPageLoading of internet sites between my office and the internet… in order to get some measurements on how WebPageLoading speed varies during the day. Is there a desktop tool I can use, bearing in mind I am trying to measure the browsing experience for the end user in the office, rather than from locations available at ? I’ve done something very simple using VB6 with the InternetExplorer Object but it’s very bit primitive. Thanks for any suggestions.

You can get a reasonably recent version of the msi installer here: Google Code Archive - Long-term storage for Google Code Project Hosting.


Okay, looks like I’ll have to admit to a fading memory… again. re: The Desktop version of PageTest:

I’ve been digging around but haven’t been able to find it. What is the default location where the data and error logs are posted, and can it be changed? Even when logging is turned on, I can’t seem to find where the files are being generated.

Also, although I know it’s called PageTest not SiteTest, while it’s navigating the script there are waterfalls being shown for each page as it progresses. Was there a command that allowed one to snapshot those, and their associated data, during the script run? The earlier version used to hold the waterfall and such so that you could save the different items from the ‘Files’ dropdown (albeit only the first completed page). The current one seems to flush it all a couple of seconds after the page completes. 'Ya gotta be pretty fast to catch it that way. :slight_smile: I couldn’t remember if there was something like a postData option that would (could) let the script trigger a save/export all data at each stage. Or am I just fondly remembering one of those wish-list items?



The desktop UI doesn’t log the performance data out. Those are only saved when it is automated. If you’re tracking down issues the best way is to use debugview which will display the internal error messages for debugging (a debug build will generate a whole ton of them - not sure how much you’ll get from a release build).