Testing DSL Scripts

Daniel Spilker edited this page Jan 5, 2019 · 25 revisions

It is possible to test Job DSL scripts outside of Jenkins, e.g. as part of a test-driven development round-trip in an IDE. The Jenkins Test Harness can be used to emulate a Jenkins instance for tests.

To test DSL scripts in unit tests, it necessary to setup a build script for compiling and running the tests. The following example uses Gradle as build tool, but any suitable build tool can be used.

The content of the following code block must be saved in a file called build.gradle. This file should be stored at the root of the same source code repository as the Job DSL scripts.

The build script assumes that the Job DSL scripts are located in a sub-directory called jobs. The jobDslVersion and jenkinsVersion settings should match the versions running in the target installation. The dependencies listed as testPlugins are Jenkins plugins that will be installed in the emulated Jenkins instance so that they are available when running the DSL scripts, e.g. for testing extensions or Dynamic DSL.

apply plugin: 'groovy'

ext {
    jobDslVersion = '1.71'
    jenkinsVersion = '2.73'

sourceSets {
    jobs {
        groovy {
            srcDirs 'jobs'

repositories {
    maven {
        url 'https://repo.jenkins-ci.org/public/'

configurations {
    testPlugins {}

    // see JENKINS-45512
    testCompile {
        exclude group: 'xalan'
        exclude group: 'xerces'

dependencies {
    testCompile 'org.spockframework:spock-core:1.0-groovy-2.4'

    // Jenkins test harness dependencies
    testCompile 'org.jenkins-ci.main:jenkins-test-harness:2.33'
    testCompile "org.jenkins-ci.main:jenkins-war:${jenkinsVersion}"

    // Job DSL plugin including plugin dependencies
    testCompile "org.jenkins-ci.plugins:job-dsl:${jobDslVersion}"
    testCompile "org.jenkins-ci.plugins:job-dsl:${jobDslVersion}@jar"
    testCompile 'org.jenkins-ci.plugins:structs:1.6@jar'

    // plugins to install in test instance
    testPlugins 'org.jenkins-ci.plugins:ghprb:1.31.4'
    testPlugins 'com.coravy.hudson.plugins.github:github:1.19.0'

task resolveTestPlugins(type: Copy) {
    from configurations.testPlugins
    into new File(sourceSets.test.output.resourcesDir, 'test-dependencies')
    include '*.hpi'
    include '*.jpi'

    doLast {
        def baseNames = source.collect { it.name[0..it.name.lastIndexOf('.')-1] }
        new File(destinationDir, 'index').setText(baseNames.join('\n'), 'UTF-8')

test {
    dependsOn tasks.resolveTestPlugins
    inputs.files sourceSets.jobs.groovy.srcDirs

    // set build directory for Jenkins test harness, JENKINS-26331
    systemProperty 'buildDirectory', project.buildDir.absolutePath

For running unit test, a suitable unit test framework should be used. The following example uses Spock.

The content of the following code block must be saved in a file called src/test/groovy/JobScriptsSpec.groovy.

The test specification will locate all Job DSL scripts within the jobs directory and create a test for each file. The test will then run each script file to check the script for problems.

import javaposse.jobdsl.dsl.DslScriptLoader
import javaposse.jobdsl.plugin.JenkinsJobManagement
import org.junit.ClassRule
import org.jvnet.hudson.test.JenkinsRule
import spock.lang.Shared
import spock.lang.Specification
import spock.lang.Unroll

class JobScriptsSpec extends Specification {
    JenkinsRule jenkinsRule = new JenkinsRule()

    def 'test script #file.name'(File file) {
        def jobManagement = new JenkinsJobManagement(System.out, [:], new File('.'))

        new DslScriptLoader(jobManagement).runScript(file.text)


        file << jobFiles

    static List<File> getJobFiles() {
        List<File> files = []
        new File('jobs').eachFileRecurse {
            if (it.name.endsWith('.groovy')) {
                files << it

To run the tests, execute gradle test from the command line in the directory containing the build.gradle file. It will generate a test report in build/reports/test/index.html.

Have a look at Jenkins Job DSL Gradle example and Job DSL Sample for examples which could be used as a starting point.

The Gradle build script can be combined with the one shown in IDE Support to enable IDE features like syntax highlighting for Job DSL scripts.

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