Installing and Upgrading


There are two ways to install Taurus on Windows. The recommended way is to use the prebuilt installer that will install latest Taurus on your PC. However, if you already have Python installed, you can install Taurus manually with pip, Python package manager.

The installation process was tried on all supported Windows versions (7, 8, 10).

Installing Taurus With Prebuilt Installer

Taurus is changing from network installation scheme to self-contained installers with 1.12.2.

It is highly recommended to uninstall previously installed Taurus through the 'Add or Remove programs' interface before installing Taurus 1.12.2+.

Download an installer and run it on your system. It will install local Python 3.6 and Taurus with all its dependencies.


  • You can use /S option of the installer to perform silent installation.

After the installation is finished, you can run Taurus with bzt from command prompt. Also, you'll have 'Taurus' shortcut in the Start menu.

If you want to install additional Python packages along with Taurus (for example Locust, Molotov or others), you should utilize the following command line utilities provided by the installer:

  • bzt-pip is a wrapper for pip that can be used to install packages, for example bzt-pip install locust
  • bzt-run can be used to launch packages that were installed with bzt-pip, for example bzt-run locust


  • You need to install fresh setuptools and wheel before installing everything else with bzt-pip, so the command is

bzt-pip install setuptools wheel.

Installing Taurus Manually

Install Taurus System Dependencies

  1. Get Python 2.7 or 3.5+ from and install it, don't forget to enable "Add python.exe to Path" checkbox.
  2. Get latest Java from and install it.

Install Taurus Python Dependencies

Open Command Prompt with administrative privileges (find Command Prompt in main menu and chose Run as administrator from context menu). Then run the following command to update Python package manager to the latest version:

pip install --upgrade pip wheel

Install Taurus

pip install bzt

This should install all Taurus dependencies and Taurus itself. You may have to execute this command as an administrator, if that's how your Python installation handles Python packages.

Upgrading Taurus

To upgrade Taurus, open Command Prompt as administrator and run

pip install --upgrade bzt

Mac OS

Install Homebrew Package

You can use brew package manager to install taurus:

brew install bzt

and to update it:

brew upgrade bzt

If your brew auto update is switched off don't forget to manage it manually. Keep in mind: some additional software can be required depend of test type (JVM/JDK, Grider, etc.)

Manual Installation

You will need python 2.7 or higher and Java Runtime installed.

If you're on El Capitan, please execute first:

brew install python

Then try to install Taurus:

sudo pip install bzt

Upgrading Taurus to latest on Mac OS is suggested as:

sudo pip uninstall bzt && sudo pip install bzt

We suggest to avoid using --upgrade command with pip on Mac OS, since it does not work as expected for Taurus.

In Case of Failures

Try the suggestions below that apply to your case, then repeat sudo pip install bzt.

If your Mac OS is older than El Capitan, most likely you also need to upgrade setuptools:

sudo pip install --upgrade setuptools

If you experience libxml/xmlversion.h missing error, try running:

brew install libxml2
brew install libxslt



Instructions are tested on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) minimal install, but should work on other distributions with corresponding packages and libs. You will need python 2.7 or higher and Java installed.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python default-jre-headless python-tk python-pip python-dev \
  libxml2-dev libxslt-dev zlib1g-dev net-tools
sudo pip install bzt

Upgrading to latest is as simple as this:

sudo pip install --upgrade bzt

Alternatively, you can install using virtualenv, and you will not need sudo privileges for Taurus. Please see virtualenv instructions for setting up your Python virtual environments, if you haven't done so already.

Then, to install Taurus, type:

pip install bzt

Upgrade is only:

pip install --upgrade bzt


Taurus requires Python 2.7 or higher.

Use uname -a to verify the system if it's 32 bit or 64 bit machine.

Get corresponding EPEL (Extra Package for Enterprise Linux) for CentOS (Community Enterprise OS) 7, and enable it.

sudo rpm -ivh epel-release-7-10.noarch.rpm

Optional Step: Verify EPEL repository

sudo yum repolist

For example, this has a line like this epel/x8664 Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 7 - x8664

Install python-pip

sudo yum -y install python-pip

Install corresponding libraries for CentOS

sudo yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk-headless.x86_64 java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel.x86_64 \
  python-devel.x86_64 libxml2-devel.x86_64 libxslt-devel.x86_64 zlib.x86_64 gcc.x86_64

You could search by 'yum search xxxxx' where 'xxxxx' represents the name of the library.

Install Taurus:

sudo pip install bzt

Docker Image

Taurus has Docker image that allows you to run tool as container.

To use it, create a directory, for example /tmp/my-test, put all configs and additional files like JMXses there, then start Docker like this:

sudo docker run -it --rm -v /tmp/my-test:/bzt-configs blazemeter/taurus my-config.yml

Make note that /tmp/my-test was passed in -v Docker option, it's crucial. Here's what happens inside the container:

  1. Directory /tmp/my-test is mounted as /bzt-configs
  2. Current directory changed to /bzt-configs
  3. Taurus is started with the config files you specified: `bzt /bzt-configs/my-config.yml

You can also specify multile config files in the docker run command with wildcards or as separate arguments like so:

sudo docker run -it --rm -v /tmp/my-test:/bzt-configs blazemeter/taurus *.yml
sudo docker run -it --rm -v /tmp/my-test:/bzt-configs blazemeter/taurus my-config-1.json my-config-2.json

Additional Taurus Command-Line Options

You can still pass command-line options to Taurus through the Docker image. To do so, add the command line option at the end of the docker run command like so:

sudo docker run -it --rm -v /tmp/my-test:/bzt-configs blazemeter/taurus my-config-1.yml -o

Accessing Taurus Artifacts

If you want to receive Taurus artifacts from container, just mount some directory as /tmp/artifacts and files will get there. Following example gives you artifacts in /tmp/my-run-artifacts directory.

sudo docker run -it --rm -v /tmp:/bzt-configs -v /tmp/my-run-artifacts:/tmp/artifacts blazemeter/taurus

Latest Unstable Snapshots

Python wheel package: bzt-

Windows installer: TaurusInstaller_1.14.0.10550_x64.exe

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