What is Travis CI
Travis is an attempt to create an open-source, distributed build system for the OSS community that:
1. Allows open-source projects to effortlessly register their GitHub repository and have their test suites run after pushes
2. Allows users to contribute build capacity by connecting a machine that runs Travis workers and VMs they use on their underused servers
With Travis CI our vision is to become for builds (i.e. tests, for starters) what services like rubygems.org or Maven Central are for distribution of libraries.
We strive to build a rock solid, but dead-easy to use open-source continuous integration service for the open source community.
See It In Action
You can see Travis CI in action at travis-ci.org. With about 1 year in operation, we have some prominent open source projects trusting travis-ci.org to run their continuous integration:
- Ruby on Rails, Bundler, Sinatra, Rack, RSpec, Cucumber, HAML and SASS, RubyGems, rubygems.org, Mongoid, Rubinius, Factory Girl, Spree, Devise, amqp gem and even GitHub mirror of CRuby (MRI) itself in the Ruby community
- Symfony 2, Doctrine 2, Zend Framework 2, Composer, Behat as well as numerous Symfony 2 bundles and Zend Framework 2 modules in the PHP community
- Leiningen, Midje, clj-time, Lamina, Knockbox, Langohr, Monger, CongoMongo, Neocons, Sumo in the Clojure community
- Cowboy and Elixir in the Erlang community
- Riak Java client, Cucumber JVM, Symfony 2 Eclipse Plugin in the Java community
- Scalding and Scalatra in the Scala community
- Tornado, simplejson, Fabric, Requests, Kombu in the Python community
We Are Not Done Yet
Please note that this is a work in progress. We have only reached our goal #1 so far. We try to follow the 80/20 for requirements. I.e. we focus on the most common use cases.
Travis CI is not currently a good fit for closed in-house installations: there are multiple applications that evolve
rapidly and workers need VMs running on the same host. Ask on the IRC channel for more information.
You can also watch this (a year old but still valid) screencast to get an idea: 1:20 quick demo screencast
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We care about our documentation and make sure our documentation guides are clearly
written and up-to-date. Please make sure you read them. Two key guides are
and we also have guides technology-specific guides:
Travis consists of several parts:
- An Ember.js-based single-page application that runs client side.
- A Rails 3 application that serves to the in-browser application and takes pings from Github.
- A JRuby and AMQP powered worker for running a project’s test suite in snapshotted virtual machines.
- A websocket server (we use Pusher) for tailing build results to the browser.
- A JRuby-based AMQP daemon that collects build reports, workers state, propagates them to Pusher, delivers notifications and so on.
- Chef cookbooks that are used to provision the Travis CI environment (to provide databases, RabbitMQ, Rubies/JDK/Node.js versions and so on) and tools that build VM images.
All these applications, tools and libraries are hosted under Travis CI github organization.
This particular repository is the site that powers travis-ci.org.
A more detailed overview is available in our Technical Overview guide aimed at developers.
Setting server environment up
The setup consists of 4 steps:
$ bundle install $ bundle exec rake travis:setup:config
This will create two files:
./config/database.yml. Edit these files according to your local configuration.
Travis CI is configured to authenticate with OAuth and github. You’ll need to register your application with github (even if it’s only for local development) and complete all the required fields in
./config/travis.yml for your ID and secret.
Next, tell Travis to configure the database:
$ bundle exec rake travis:setup
And finally start the server:
$ bundle exec foreman start
Note that you always start the server using
Travis CI is now up & running on http://localhost:5000
Working on the server
Running the tests
Integration tests are implemented using Jasmine and can be run in the browser:
To run the whole test suite simply do:
$ bundle exec rake test:ci
To run only the jasmine specs do:
$ bundle exec rake test:jasmine
Please keep in mind that Travis CI evolves rapidly and this documentation may be outdated. Development, travis-ci.org maintenance and
user documentation take priority.
- Travis CI – Video: Presentation at Boston.rb (Jeremy Weisskotten)
- Travis – a distributed build server tool for the Ruby community – Introductory blog post about the original idea (Sven Fuchs)
- Ruby 1.9.3
- PostgreSQL for the pg gem