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# GitLab QA - End-to-end tests for GitLab

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This directory contains [end-to-end tests](doc/development/testing_guide/
for GitLab. It includes the test framework and the tests themselves.

The tests can be found in `qa/specs/features` (not to be confused with the unit
tests for the test framework, which are in `spec/`).

It is part of the [GitLab QA project](

## What is it?

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GitLab QA is an end-to-end tests suite for GitLab.

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These are black-box and entirely click-driven end-to-end tests you can run
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against any existing instance.

## How does it work?

1. When we release a new version of GitLab, we build a Docker images for it.
1. Along with GitLab Docker Images we also build and publish GitLab QA images.
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1. GitLab QA project uses these images to execute end-to-end tests.
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## Validating GitLab views / partials / selectors in merge requests

We recently added a new CI job that is going to be triggered for every push
event in CE and EE projects. The job is called `qa:selectors` and it will
verify coupling between page objects implemented as a part of GitLab QA
and corresponding views / partials / selectors in CE / EE.

Whenever `qa:selectors` job fails in your merge request, you are supposed to
fix [page objects](qa/page/ You should also trigger end-to-end tests
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using `package-and-qa` manual action, to test if everything works fine.

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## How can I use it?

You can use GitLab QA to exercise tests on any live instance! For example, the
following call would login to a local [GDK] instance and run all specs in
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bin/qa Test::Instance::All http://localhost:3000
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Note: If you want to run tests requiring SSH against GDK, you
will need to [modify your GDK setup](

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### Writing tests

1. [Using page objects](qa/page/
2. [Style guide](

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### Running specific tests

You can also supply specific tests to run as another parameter. For example, to
run the repository-related specs, you can execute:
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bin/qa Test::Instance::All http://localhost -- qa/specs/features/browser_ui/3_create/repository
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Since the arguments would be passed to `rspec`, you could use all `rspec`
options there. For example, passing `--backtrace` and also line number:

bin/qa Test::Instance::All http://localhost -- qa/specs/features/browser_ui/3_create/merge_request/create_merge_request_spec.rb:6 --backtrace
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Note that the separator `--` is required; all subsequent options will be
ignored by the QA framework and passed to `rspec`.

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### Overriding the authenticated user

Unless told otherwise, the QA tests will run as the default `root` user seeded
by the GDK.

If you need to authenticate as a different user, you can provide the
`GITLAB_USERNAME` and `GITLAB_PASSWORD` environment variables:

GITLAB_USERNAME=jsmith GITLAB_PASSWORD=password bin/qa Test::Instance::All
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If your user doesn't have permission to default sandbox group
`gitlab-qa-sandbox`, you could also use another sandbox group by giving

GITLAB_USERNAME=jsmith GITLAB_PASSWORD=password GITLAB_SANDBOX_NAME=jsmith-qa-sandbox bin/qa Test::Instance::All
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All [supported environment variables are here](

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### Sending additional cookies

The environment variable `QA_COOKIES` can be set to send additional cookies
on every request. This is necessary on to direct traffic to the
canary fleet. To do this set `QA_COOKIES="gitlab_canary=true"`.

To set multiple cookies, separate them with the `;` character, for example: `QA_COOKIES="cookie1=value;cookie2=value2"`
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### Building a Docker image to test

Once you have made changes to the CE/EE repositories, you may want to build a
Docker image to test locally instead of waiting for the `gitlab-ce-qa` or
`gitlab-ee-qa` nightly builds. To do that, you can run from this directory:

docker build -t gitlab/gitlab-ce-qa:nightly .

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### Quarantined tests

Tests can be put in quarantine by assigning `:quarantine` metadata. This means
they will be skipped unless run with `--tag quarantine`. This can be used for
tests that are expected to fail while a fix is in progress (similar to how
[`skip` or `pending`](
 can be used).

bin/qa Test::Instance::All http://localhost -- --tag quarantine
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If `quarantine` is used with other tags, tests will only be run if they have at
least one of the tags other than `quarantine`. This is different from how RSpec
tags usually work, where all tags are inclusive.

For example, suppose one test has `:smoke` and `:quarantine` metadata, and
another test has `:ldap` and `:quarantine` metadata. If the tests are run with
`--tag smoke --tag quarantine`, only the first test will run. The test with
`:ldap` will not run even though it also has `:quarantine`.
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### Running tests with a feature flag enabled

Tests can be run with with a feature flag enabled by using the command-line
option `--enable-feature FEATURE_FLAG`. For example, to enable the feature flag
that enforces Gitaly request limits, you would use the command:

bin/qa Test::Instance::All http://localhost --enable-feature gitaly_enforce_requests_limits

This will instruct the QA framework to enable the `gitaly_enforce_requests_limits`
feature flag ([via the API](, run
all the tests in the `Test::Instance::All` scenario, and then disable the
feature flag again.

Note: the QA framework doesn't currently allow you to easily toggle a feature
flag during a single test, [as you can in unit tests](,
but [that capability is planned](

Note also that the `--` separator isn't used because `--enable-feature` is a QA
framework option, not an `rspec` option.