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From "Robin D. Wilson" <>
Subject RE: http request...passing data set from one http request to another.
Date Tue, 03 Jan 2012 04:29:48 GMT
I think your Template needs to be: $1$

Also, your regex could be a little more flexible:


This prevents other things in the <input...> from throwing off your regex.
(I've found that when I setup a test case, if I try to make my regular
expressions very flexible, they still work pretty reliably when my code
changes slightly.)

Basically, the above regex assumes that you will have a 'name', followed by
"responseSize" (with the " quotes around it) followed by 'value', with
anything except ", followed by ", followed by the value you want up to the
next "... If you don't put the '>' on the end, then if your code changes to
add some more attributes to the <input ...> your regex will still work (for
example, what if the code changed the input to end with '/>' instead of '>'
- your original regex would stop working, but the more flexible one above
would still work fine). Also, if you don't start your regex with '<input',
your code could add some more attributes _before_ the pattern you are
looking to extract, and the regex will still work for the pattern (for
example, the code might add an 'id="mystyle"', or 'class="inputClass"' which
would break your original regex, but not the one above).

Lastly, for me - the easiest way to test this stuff is to add a 'tree'
listener, capture the page that you are trying to extract with the regex,
and paste the entire page into a regex tool (such as:  or ). Then paste your
regex pattern into the regex field of the tool, and see what it highlights
(it should highlight the entire regex pattern if the regex is correct). I
find that when my regex patterns don't work - cutting them down to the most
basic pattern and then building them back up to what I need works the best. 

There are a couple of risks with very 'flexible' patterns - most
significantly, that the pattern will match more than 1 place in your HTTP
response - so be careful about what you setup as your minimum level of

Robin D. Wilson
Sr. Director of Web Development
KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc.
VOICE: 512-777-1861

-----Original Message-----
From: Annie L [] 
Sent: Monday, January 02, 2012 9:38 PM
To: JMeter Users List
Subject: Re: http request...passing data set from one http request to

I tried Regular Expression Extractor but it doesn't seem to pick up the
In my HTML response, there is a string like this

<input type = "text" name = "responseSize" value = "5">

I want to capture the responseSize value (5)...

Reference Name: responseSize
Regular Expression: <input type = "text" name = "responseSize" value =
Template: $1#
Match No. (0 for Random): 1
Default Value: 0

I then created an If Controller based on "responseSize":
'${responseSize}'!='0' to do a subsequent http request.

It never goes into my 2nd http request.  Is my expression for responseSize
variable correct?


On Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM, Flavio Cysne <> wrote:

> Annie,
>    add a Regular Expression Extractor to set a variable value with 
> this data set, and use it as a request parameter value onto the next 
> http request.
> Hope it helps you.
> Flávio Cysne
> 2012/1/2 Annie L <>
> > > Hi all,
> > > I have a http request that would give me a data set which I need 
> > > to be able to pass that onto the next http request.  I can't 
> > > figure out how
> to
> > do
> > > it in jmeter.  Anyone has any idea?
> > > Thank you,
> > > Annie
> > >
> >

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