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Set up a Browser test 🔗

A Browser test lets you monitor the user experience for a single page or a multi-step user flow by running a synthetic test of the URLs you provide. Use this type of test to monitor conversion paths or any path that requires multiple steps or runs JavaScript.

For each page checked in a Browser test, Splunk Synthetic Monitoring captures an HTTP Archive (HAR) file, represented in a waterfall chart, which illustrates the performance of specific resources within the page. Browser tests also capture a set of 40+ metrics. See Waterfall chart and Browser test metrics to learn more.


If the site or application you are monitoring uses allow lists or block lists for visitors or an analytics tool to measure traffic, check that it’s configured to accommodate traffic from Splunk Synthetic Monitoring. See Configure your site to accommodate synthetic tests for instructions.

Set up a Browser test 🔗

Follow these steps to set up a Browser test:

  1. From the landing page of Splunk Observability Cloud, navigate to Splunk Synthetic Monitoring.

  2. Under Tests, select Add New Test and select Browser Test from the drop-down list. The test creation view opens.

  3. In the Name field, enter a name for your test.

  4. In the Go to URL field, enter the URL for the page you want to test, including http or https.

  5. To add steps and synthetic transactions to your Browser test, select Edit steps or synthetic transactions. See Add synthetic transactions to your Browser Test to learn more.

Customize your test details 🔗

Use these steps to customize your test configuration and finish creating your test:

  1. In the Locations field, enter the locations from which you want to test the URL. You can select one or multiple locations.

  2. In the Device Type field, use the list to select the device from which you’d like to conduct the test.

  3. In the Frequency field, select your desired test frequency from the list.

  4. (Optional) Use the Round Robin selector to switch between options: enabling Round Robin means your test cycles through your selected locations one at a time, while disabling Round Robin runs the test from all selected locations concurrently at your selected frequency.

  5. If you want to receive alerts from this test, select + Create detector to set up a detector on the test. Use the dialog box to customize your detector.

  6. Select Submit. This redirects you to the Test History page for your new test. If you’ve just created the test, allow at least one test frequency interval for your test to begin collecting synthetic data.

  7. (Optional) Select Edit test or the three-dot Actions menu in the row for your test to edit, pause, duplicate, or delete this test.

See also 🔗

View your Browser test 🔗

Now that you created and saved a test, check whether it’s collecting data as expected:

  1. From the Tests list, select the three-dot Actions menu and select Run arrow icon to manually trigger a live run of the test, or wait for at least one duration of the test frequency you set so that the test has time to run and collect data.

  2. Select the test you’re interested in to open the Test History view, where you can view visualizations of recent test results and metrics.

Interpret your Browser test results 🔗

See Interpret Browser Test results to learn more about Browser test results.

Edit your Browser test 🔗

To edit your Browser test, do the following:

  1. Select the row for the test you want to edit in the Tests list to open the Test History view.

  2. Select Edit test to edit your test configuration.

If you change the name of your test or the name of a synthetic transaction, it may take up to 20 minutes for the updated name to appear in your charts and detectors.