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TestSwarm - Distributed Continuous Integration for JavaScript

TestSwarm provides distributed continuous integration testing for JavaScript.

The main instance monitoring jQuery core and related projects runs at swarm.jquery.org.

Quick start

Clone the repo, git clone --recursive git://github.com/jquery/testswarm.git.


TestSwarm uses the Semantic Versioning guidelines as much as possible.

Releases will be numbered in the following format:


The -alpha suffix is used to indicate unreleased versions in development.

For more information on SemVer, please visit http://semver.org/.

Bug tracker

Found a bug? Please report it using our issue tracker!


Environmental compatibility

To run TestSwarm you will need a web server, a database server and PHP. At the moment TestSwarm supports the following, but other configurations may work as well.

  • Apache 2.0+, NGINX 1.2+
  • PHP 5.3.2+ (or PHP-FPM for NGINX)
  • MySQL 4.0+
  • cURL (for the cleanup action; see step 8)


  1. Set up a MySQL database and create a user with read and write access.

  2. Copy config/sample-localSettings.php to config/localSettings.php
    Copy config/sample-localSettings.json to config/localSettings.json.
    Edit localSettings.json and replace the sample settings with your own.
    Refer to the Settings page for more information.

  3. For Apache:
    Copy config/sample-.htaccess to .htaccess.
    To run TestSwarm from a non-root directory, set web.contextpath to the correct path from the web root and update RewriteBase in .htaccess. Verify that .htaccess is working properly by opening a page other than the HomePage (e.g. /testswarm/projects) in your browser.
    Required Apache configuration:

    • AllowOverride is set to All (or ensure FileInfo is included).
    • mod_rewrite installed and loaded.

    For NGINX:
    Copy config/sample-nginx.conf to /etc/nginx/sites-available.
    The file name should match your domain e.g. for swarm.example.org:
    cp config/sample-nginx.conf /etc/nginx/sites-available/swarm.example.org.conf
    Open this conf file in your editor and replace the "example" values with the correct values.
    Make sure your install is located at /var/www/testswarm (otherwise update the file to match the correct location).
    Now you need to link the sites-available config to the sites-enabled config:
    (replace the "swarm.example.org" with your own file name):
    ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/swarm.example.org.conf /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/swarm.example.org.conf
    Now make sure that php-fpm is running: /etc/init.d/php-fpm status
    if is not running start it: /etc/init.d/php-fpm start

  4. Copy config/sample-robots.txt to robots.txt
    Or, if TestSwarm is not in the root directory, add similar rules to your root robots.txt.

  5. Set storage.cacheDir to a writable directory that is not readable from the web. Either set it to a custom path outside the document root, or use the default cache directory (protected with .htaccess).
    Chmod it: chmod 777 cache.

  6. Install the TestSwarm database by running: php scripts/dbInstall.php

  7. Fetch the latest user-agent information: php inc/libs/ua-parser/php/uaparser-cli.php -g
    Note that ua-parser is based on patterns, so you don't need to re-run this after every browser release to be able to detect this, however it is recommmended to periodically run this to stay up to date (once a month should be enough).

  8. Create an entry in your crontab for action=cleanup. This performs various cleaning duties such as making timed-out runs available again.
    * * * * * curl -s http://swarm.example.org/api.php?action=cleanup > /dev/null

Get involved

You're welcome to use the GitHub issue tracker to start discussions.

Or post to the QUnit and Testing forum.

Most of us are also on IRC in the #jquery-dev channel at irc.freenode.net

Planning for TestSwarm and other projects related to testing of javascript applications based around jQuery happens on the jQuery Testing Team wiki


Copyright and license



TestSwarm was originally created by John Resig as a basic tool to support unit testing of the jQuery JavaScript library. It was later moved to become an official Mozilla Labs and has since moved again to become a jQuery project.