End to end tests

Cypress tests

All end-to-end tests are written with Cypress.

Writing good tests

Cypress tests come in addition to manual tests defined in our TestManagement tool. The major advantage of cypress is that tests are run every night and warn us quickly if something bad happens.

One of the main difficulties in our end-to-end workflow is having a relevant test suite:
  • Tests covered by Cypress should not aim to eliminate TestManagement test definitions. That means that when we are working on a subject, before starting to write any code, we must think about what test we want to cover and who will execute the test (is the feature for everybody, for project admin …). Once it’s done, we can check if we have differences with our TestManagement test suite and adapt the TestManagement suite with what has been identified.

  • When we add new tests in Cypress that don’t exist in TestManagement, we must add them as a new TestManagement definition.

  • When TestManagement test definitions can’t fully be covered by Cypress, then we should split them:
    • one part covered by Cypress

    • one part which will be done manually during validation

Best practises for writing tests

  • It’s better to have tests split by user roles.

  • Test should be executed by the least-powered user (don’t use project administrator for everything).

  • Multiple describe and small it will help us debug what’s going on when tests fail.

  • Multiple TestManagement test definitions can not be covered by a simple testdefinition (ttm tool won’t do the report automatically). In that case you should split your Cypress test and link each TestManagement test definition to a smaller it.

  • Always put your Cypress tests in the relevant plugin. End-to-end tests should still respect the plugin architecture.

Write tests

If you want to run all cypress tests locally just launch:

$> make tests_cypress

You will be able to see the results of the test execution in tuleap/test_results_e2e_full.

If you want to add new tests, you should use the cypress dev image:

$> make tests_cypress_dev

It will launch a local container with a bunch of projects (defined in tests/e2e/_fixtures).

Before launching the Cypress electron app, you must be able to reach the “test” Tuleap container at https://tuleap/. Cypress will run tests on this URI. Add a new entry in the /etc/hosts file, the IP should correspond to the IP of your container named e2e-tests_tuleap_1.

$> sudo vi /etc/hosts oauth2-server-rp-oidc tuleap

The IP address should be written at the end of the output from make tests_cypress_dev. If you can’t find it, run this command:

$> docker inspect e2e-tests_tuleap_1
# At the end of the big JSON output, there is a section named "NetworkSettings". Inside it, there is "Networks" and then "IPAddress"

After saving the /etc/hosts file, verify that you can reach a working Tuleap at https://tuleap/. If you do not see a Tuleap Login screen, something is broken in the Tuleap container and tests will all fail.


The IP address will change every time you run make tests_cypress_dev. You should edit /etc/hosts each time.

Once the container has started, you should be able to launch the Cypress electron app. The test structure respects the Tuleap distinction between core and plugins.

To write tests in Tuleap core, go in core folder and run npx cypress open

$> cd tuleap/tests/e2e/full/
$> npx cypress open

To write tests in plugins, go in plugin folder and run npx cypress open

$> cd tuleap/plugins/<plugin_name>/tests/e2e/cypress/
$> npx cypress open


The electron app will be able to run only when the Tuleap container is fully started. If https://tuleap/ is unreachable make sure that container initialisation has finished. If it does not solve your issue, verify the IP in your /etc/hosts file.

As a reminder, an architecture diagram is available:


Cypress folder architecture

Automated tests

Some of our validation tests are executed by the CI. To declare a test as automated, follow these steps:

On your dev platform

  • Checkout the patch introducing the new tests

  • make tests_cypress

  • in test_results_e2e_full look for the result<sha1>.xml corresponding to the tests you are automating

In TTM open the test Validation Execution tracker

  • Open the artifact(s) correponding to the test you have automated

  • You should find a field Automated tests

  • Enter the testcase name into this field

  • In the field Refactoring choose the value moved to cypress (in order to see which tests must be run by the CI)