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Fjord smoketests

This directory holds Fjord client-based smoke tests. They're based on the Mozilla WebQA tests at which is why they're different than the rest of the code in this repository.

These tests use the following things:

  1. py.test
  2. pytest-mozwebqa
  3. pytest-xdist
  4. selenium

Setting up to run the tests

I suggest using a different virtual environment for these tests than the rest of Fjord so you're not mixing requirements:

$ mkvirtualenv fjord-smoketests
$ pip install -r requirements.txt

Running the tests

Whenever you want to run these tests, first enter your virtual environment.

To run tests it's a simple case of calling py.test from the root directory:

$ py.test --driver=firefox tests


When giving a baseurl, make sure it doesn't have a / at the end.

For more command line options see

Running tests against localhost

Before running tests against a local instance of Fjord, make sure you generate some data and reindex first:

$ cd ..
$ ./ generatedata
$ ./ esreindex

Many of the tests expect data in the last 7 days, so you'll need to generate new sample data before running smoke tests.

Running tests against a local instance of Fjord:

$ py.test --driver=firefox --baseurl=http://localhost:8000 tests

Running tests on stage

Running tests against the Input stage environment:

$ py.test --driver=firefox --baseurl= tests


Some of the dashboard tests may fail depending on what data is on stage.

Running specific tests

You can run tests in a given file:

$ py.test tests/desktop/

Running tests with xvfb

Because Selenium opens real browser windows, it can be kind of annoying as windows open and steal focus and switch workspaces. Unfortunatly, Firefox doesn't have a headless mode of operation, so we can't simply turn off the UI. Luckily, there is a way to work around this fairly easily on Linux, and with some effort on OSX.

On Linux:

Install Xvfb and run the tests with it's xvfb-run binary. For example, if you run tests like:

$ py.test ...

You can switch to this to run with Xvfb:

$ xvfb-run py.test ...

This creates a virtual X session for Firefox to run in, and sets up all the fiddly environment variables to get this working well. The tests will run as normal, and no windows will open, if all is working right.


The same method can be used for OSX, but it requires some fiddliness. The default version of Firefox for OSX does not use X as it's graphic's backend, so by default Xvfb can't help. You can however run an X11 enabled version of OSX and a OSX version of Xvfb. You can find more details here.


I don't use OSX, and that blog article is fairly out of date. If you find a way to get this working bettter or easier, or have better docs to share, please do!

Writing Tests

If you want to get involved and add more tests then there's just a few things we'd like to ask you to do:

  1. Use the Mozilla WebQA template files for all new tests and page objects
  2. Follow the Mozilla WebQA style guide
  3. Fork this project with your own GitHub account
  4. Make sure all tests are passing, and submit a pull request with your changes


This software is licensed under the MPL 2.0:

This Source Code Form is subject to the terms of the Mozilla Public License, v. 2.0. If a copy of the MPL was not distributed with this file, You can obtain one at