Documentation forWeb Performance Monitor

About supported WPM recorders

Two types of recorders are included in WPM 3.0 and later:

  • The Web Transaction Recorder offers an easy-to-use interface and advanced features, including the ability to integrate with SolarWinds Pingdom. To download and configure a Web Transaction Recorder, see the WPM Getting Started Guide.
  • The Deprecated WPM Recorder from WPM 2.2.3 is being phased out of WPM. Details about deploying and using this recorder are available in WPM online help.

Note the following details about WPM recorders:

  • Recordings have different file extensions:
    • Web Transaction Recorder files end with .web-recording.
    • Deprecated WPM Recorder files end with .recording.
  • The Web Transaction Recorder does not respond to the middle and right mouse buttons.
  • Starting in WPM 2020.2.2, a macOS version of the Web Transaction Recorder is available. See the following table for keystroke (also called "press key" actions) equivalents.
  • Some features behave differently if FIPS mode is enabled.

SolarWinds recommends using the Web Transaction Recorder included in WPM 3.0 and later to create all recordings. Future releases may not support editing recordings or playing transactions that originate in the Deprecated WPM Recorder.

The following table provides feature comparisons for supported recorders:

Web Transaction Recorder
Web Transaction Recorder

Deprecated WPM Recorder
Text match
Delete text
File download 1
File upload 2
X, Y Capture
Image Match
Image Match with click 3
Wait time
Authentication 4
Proxy authentication
Handle certificates

Capture Tab key 5
Capture Enter, Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down key 6
Capture Insert, Delete, Ctrl + key, Shift + key 7 8
Conditional steps
Track navigation between browser tabs
Integration with Pingdom 9