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OpenPower Test Framework

This repository provides a collection of tools that enable automated testing of OpenPower systems. The op-test suite is designed to test a machine largely out of band - that is, it is designed for tests that do things like power cycle the machine, test booting different configurations. As part of the op-test, we may run tests on the host itself (such as fwts and HTX)

The end goal is to have a collection of tests that can be run against any OpenPower system to validate it's function. The tests are automation/jenkins ready.

For full documentation, visit

Quick Start

OVERVIEW - Clone op-test on some linux box, like your laptop.

git clone

Prepare the OpenPower system with needed software packages and build the needed tools (see below Target System Requirements).

Run something (see below Running the tests).


This framework runs on most Linux based systems.

You need python 3.6 or greater as well as pip:

apt install python3 python3-pip

and to install the python dependencies:

pip3 install -r requirements.txt

For qemu: apt install qemu-utils

You will also need below packages to be installed

    sshpass and (recent) ipmitool - 1.8.15 or above should be adequate.

You will need to run the test suite on a machine that has access to both the BMC and the host of the machine(s) you're testing.


The target system will need to have a Host OS that can boot. The Host OS will need to have several things installed on it.

This is a one time setup for the Host OS. If you reinstall the Host OS then these steps will need to be completed again to prepare the Host OS for tests.

Target System Requirements

A basic Linux install is assumed.

You MUST have fwts installed. To do this:

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:firmware-testing-team/ppa-fwts-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install fwts

FWTS for RHEL-like systems will need to clone FWTS and build.

After cloning FWTS see the README for pre-reqs and how-to, be sure to 'make install' after building to get the proper paths setup.

git clone

It must also have (package names for Debian/Ubuntu systems):

linux-tools-common linux-tools-generic lm-sensors ipmitool i2c-tools
pciutils opal-prd opal-utils device-tree-compiler

On RHEL-like systems, package names are:

lm_sensors ipmitool i2c-tools pciutils kernel-tools dtc

On the Host OS, you will need to clone the skiboot source and then build the following latest utilities.

On the Host OS clone the skiboot source:
git clone

cd skiboot/external/xscom-utils
sudo make install
cd ../gard
sudo make install
cd ../pflash
sudo make install

Running the tests

./op-test -h

Gets you help on what you can run. You will need to (at a minimum) provide BMC and host login information. For example, to run the default test suite:

./op-test --bmc-type AMI             \
          --bmc-ip   \
          --bmc-username sysadmin    \
          --bmc-password superuser   \
          --bmc-usernameipmi ADMIN   \
          --bmc-passwordipmi admin   \
          --host-ip \
          --host-user root           \
          --host-password 1234       \

The default test suite will then run.

To get a list of test suites:

./op-test --bmc-type AMI --list-suites

You cun run one or more suites by using the --run-suite command line option. For example, you can choose to run tests that are only at the petitboot command line. By default, the test runner doesn't know what state the machine is in, so will attempt to turn everything off to get it into a known state. You can override this initial state with the --machine-state parameter. You can also run individual tests by using the --run option.

For example:

  ./op-test --bmc-type AMI                          \
            --bmc-ip                \
            --bmc-username sysadmin                 \
            --bmc-password superuser                \
            --bmc-usernameipmi ADMIN                \
            --bmc-passwordipmi admin                \
            --host-ip              \
            --host-user root                        \
            --host-password 1234                    \
            --host-lspci \
            --machine-state PETITBOOT_SHELL         \
            --run testcases.OpTestPCI.OpTestPCISkiroot

The above will assume the machine is sitting at the petitboot prompt and will run the OpTestPCISkiroot test.

Configuration Files

You can save arguments to op-test in a configuration file. The ~/.op-test-framework.conf file is always read, and you can specify another with --config-file.

For example:


Flashing Firmware

In addition to running tests, you can flash firmware before running the tests. You can also only flash firmware (--only-flash).

  ./op-test --bmc-type FSP  ........ \
        --host-img-url \
        --flash-skiboot ~/skiboot/skiboot.lid --flash-kernel zImage.epapr \
        --flash-initramfs rootfs.cpio.xz

  ./op-test --bmc-type OpenBMC  ........ \
        --flash-skiboot ~/skiboot/skiboot.lid.xz

Flashing is BMC dependent, so new platforms may not support it.

The --host-img-url option for FSP systems uses update_flash from the petitboot shell to update the firmware image. If additional --flash options are given, these are flashed after the FSP firmware image.