To select Waterfall View, click Waterfall (a) on the toolbar. 

By default, Waterfall includes one panel (b) to displays a chart for a selected VU (c) and iteration (d). 

On the chart, the vertical axle (e) displays requests, and the horizontal axle (f) displays the timeline.

Request bars depict with a green horizontal area (g) representing server time and a blue area (h) representing network time.


To display request details, mouse over its bar. It turns yellow (i) and tool-tip displays the request name and the following timing information:

  • Start - the time of issuing the request
  • TTFB - the time of receiving the first byte
  • TTLB - the time of receiving the last byte
  • End - the time when the resource was downloaded

All times are measured from the moment of issuing the first request in the page/transaction.

To access the content of this request, double-click it, and a session inspector will open in a new tab (j) (see Inspecting Sessions).

To evaluate the positioning of request/response events of page/transaction resources on the timeline, click the appropriate point in the graph panel, and a vertical and horizontal red line (k) crossing this point will appear.

Session errors and timeouts are also color-coded (l). Sessions with an error or timeout are displayed as an orange bar. The tool-tip displayed on mouseover displays its error or time out status (m).

To identify a specific request, look for its request URL or a session number (n).





To put the waterfall in the context of the load test, a key performance indicator snapshot  (l) taken during the time of the waterfall is displayed on the bottom. It includes the following parameters start, End - waterfall beginning and ending timestamps on the test timeline.


To select a different VU / iteration, adjust information in the numeric text boxes (c) and (d). Sometimes, you may also need to click the Refresh button (m).


Note: To generate a waterfall chartsession content must be saved in storage accessible from the controller This information is available in tests that ran from the controller without agents. In distributed tests , when SQL Server is used as storage, this information is also available on the controller. However, in distributed tests with SQL Server CE-based storage, the sessions initiated on the agents are stored on the agents. You still can create a waterfall chart on the controller, if Save sessions from agents property in Other Options -> Test Result Storage section is set to Yes (default) because this setting will force replicating necessary data from the agents to the controller.