Worked Example

Implement support for JUnit Test reports in Jenkins X

In this worked example we will implement the functionality of the classic JUnit Plugin from Jenkins in Jenkins X as a series of extensions to Jenkins X.

This guide is still a work in progress!

Functional Requirements

  • Collect JUnit XML files from build
  • Associate with pipeline / pipeline step execution
  • Notify user of URL to view test results
  • Provide historical/trend view of tests
  • Allow test results to affect build health



  • A working installation of jx
  • A working Jenkins X cluster
  • A working local install of Java and Maven

Collect JUnit XML files from build

Create a sample project

We’ll start by creating a sample Java project which will run some tests.

  1. Run jx create quickstart -f spring-boot-web. You can accept the defaults when prompted.
  2. Import the created sources into your favorite IDE.
  3. Open pom.xml and add JUnit as a dependency:

  4. Create the file src/test/java/jenkinsx/example/springboot/

  5. Copy and paste this code into the WelcomeControllerTest

    package jenkinsx.example.springboot;
    import org.junit.Assert;
    import org.junit.Test;
    import java.util.HashMap;
    import java.util.Map;
    public class WelcomeControllerTest {
        public void testWelcome() {
            WelcomeController wc = new WelcomeController();
            Map<String, Object> res = new HashMap<String, Object>();
            Assert.assertEquals(res.get("message"), "Hello World");
  6. Validate your changes by running mvn test.

  7. Commit your changes and make sure the app makes it to staging in Jenkins X.

  8. Our test reports will be generated in Jenkins X build pods, so we want to use that for development. Jenkins X DevPods make that easy. Run jx create devpod --sync in your project.

  9. Validate the DevPod is working by running mvn test.

Generate a Human Readable Report

By default Maven Surefire doesn’t generate HTML files, just XML reports. We want people to be able to look at the reports, as well as be able to submit the XML for analysis.

  1. In the DevPod run mvn install surefire-report:report. Validate that target/site/surefire-report.html is generated.
  2. Create a script in the sample project with this code:

    # Generate the HTML report
    mvn surefire-report:report

Store the reports

We need a place to store the reports. A simple Go program will suffice for now.

  1. Run jx create quickstart -f spring-boot-web. You can accept the defaults when prompted.
  2. Replace the main.go contents with this code:

    package main
    import (
    const maxUploadSize = 2 * 1024 * 1024 // 2 MB
    const uploadPath = "/reports"
    const downloadPort = 8080
    const uploadPort = 8081
    const bind = ""
    func main() {
      go uploadServer()
    func downloadServer() {
      server:= http.NewServeMux()
      server.Handle("/", http.FileServer(http.Dir(uploadPath)))
      log.Printf("Download server listening on %s:%d\n", bind, downloadPort)
      http.ListenAndServe(fmt.Sprintf("%s:%d", bind, downloadPort), server)
    func uploadServer() {
      server:= http.NewServeMux()
      server.HandleFunc("/", uploadFileHandler())
      log.Printf("Upload server listening on %s:%d\n", bind, uploadPort)
      http.ListenAndServe(fmt.Sprintf("%s:%d", bind, uploadPort), server)
    func uploadFileHandler() http.HandlerFunc {
      return http.HandlerFunc(func(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
        // validate file size
        r.Body = http.MaxBytesReader(w, r.Body, maxUploadSize)
        if err := r.ParseMultipartForm(maxUploadSize); err != nil {
          renderError(w, "FILE_TOO_BIG", http.StatusBadRequest)
        // parse and validate file and post parameters
        file, _, err := r.FormFile("upload")
        if err != nil {
          renderError(w, "INVALID_FILE", http.StatusBadRequest)
        defer file.Close()
        fileBytes, err := ioutil.ReadAll(file)
        if err != nil {
          renderError(w, "INVALID_FILE", http.StatusBadRequest)
        filename, dir := filepath.Split(r.URL.Path)
        newPath := filepath.Join(dir, filename)
        err = os.MkdirAll(dir, os.FileMode(0755))
        if err != nil {
          renderError(w, "CANT_CREATE_DIR", http.StatusInternalServerError)
        // write file
        newFile, err := os.Create(newPath)
        if err != nil {
          renderError(w, "CANT_WRITE_FILE", http.StatusInternalServerError)
        defer newFile.Close() // idempotent, okay to call twice
        if _, err := newFile.Write(fileBytes); err != nil || newFile.Close() != nil {
          renderError(w, "CANT_WRITE_FILE", http.StatusInternalServerError)
    func renderError(w http.ResponseWriter, message string, statusCode int) {

    This code will create an HTTP server that listens on two ports. It listens on 8080 to serve files from the /reports directory, and listens on 8081 for file uploads (using the URL path as the path as the location under /reports to store the file). By listening on different ports for download and upload we can easily expose the downloads service outside the cluster, but restrict the uploads service to inside the cluster meaning we have no need to secure the transport.

    We’ll add authentication to the upload endpoint at a later point.

  3. We need to store the reports somewhere, and in Kubernetes this means using a volume. Add this snippet to the bottom of charts/jenkins-x-reports/templates/deployment.yaml:

          - name: {{ .Values.service.reportVolumeName }}
            emptyDir: {}

    and add this snippet to the container (just below above ports will work well):

            - name: {{ .Values.service.reportVolumeName }}
              mountPath: {{ .Values.service.reportMountPath }}

    Now modify charts/jenkins-x-reports/values.yaml and modify the service and add (just after internalPort will work well):

      reportVolumeName: reports-volume
      reportMountPath: /reports

    You’ll notice that we’ve used emptyDir{} to store the reports - this is transient and reports will be lost when the pod dies. We’ll replace this with a persistent volume later.

  4. Modify the Dockerfile to expose port 8081 as well by adding the line EXPOSE 8081 just after EXPOSE 8080.

  5. Modify charts/jenkins-x-reports/values.yaml and add the values for the upload service just after the existing service:

      name: jenkins-x-reports-upload
      type: ClusterIP
      externalPort: 80
      internalPort: 8081

    Notice how we’ve given it a unique name, set the internal port correctly and removed the annotations that instruct Jenkins X to expose the service outside the cluster.

    We now need to create a template for these values. Add the file charts/jenkins-x-reports/templates/service-upload.yaml:

      apiVersion: v1
      kind: Service
      {{- if }}
        name: {{ }}
      {{- else }}
        name: {{ template "fullname" . }}
      {{- end }}
          chart: "{{ .Chart.Name }}-{{ .Chart.Version | replace "+" "_" }}"
      {{- if .Values.serviceUpload.annotations }}
      {{ toYaml .Values.serviceUpload.annotations | indent 4 }}
      {{- end }}
        type: {{ .Values.serviceUpload.type }}
        - port: {{ .Values.serviceUpload.externalPort }}
          targetPort: {{ .Values.serviceUpload.internalPort }}
          protocol: TCP
          name: http
          app: {{ template "fullname" . }}

    This file is simply a copy of service.yaml with the service variable changed to serviceUpload.

    We also need to add the upload port to the list of container ports. Just below containerPort: {{ .Values.service.internalPort }} add:

              containerPort: {{ .Values.serviceUpload.internalPort }}
  6. Run this as an app on your Jenkins X cluster by pushing your code changes to GitHub. The app will build and can be tested in the staging environment.

  7. Validate you can upload and download files. In the DevPod for the sample app run curl -F upload=@target/site/surefire-report.html http://jenkins-x-reports-upload.jx-staging/test/1 and then validate that the file is there by running curl http://jenkins-x-reports.jx-staging/test/1.

  8. Promote the app to production using jx promote -a jenkins-x-reports -e production -v 0.0.1 (assuming you are still on your first version of the app)

  9. To POST all the JUnit artifacts to the reports server use this script

    REPORT_HOST=`jx get urls -e production | grep -o http://jenkins-x-reports.jx-production.*`
    function upload() {
    function upload_junit_artifacts() {
        # Generate the HTML report
        mvn surefire-report:report
        upload_file target/site/surefire-report.html
        for f in target/surefire-reports/*.xml; do
            upload_file ${f}
    function upload_file() {
        [ -f "$1" ] || break
        filename=$(basename $1)
        set -x
        curl -s -F upload=@$1 http://jenkins-x-reports-upload.jx-production/$path
        set +x
        echo "    ${filename}: ${REPORT_HOST}/${path}" >> $UPLOADED
  10. Make the script executable by running chmod u+x

  11. Tell Jenkins to execute the script by adding this snippet to the Jenkinsfile just above the jx step post build lines in both the CI Build and push snapshot and Build Release stages:

            sh "VERSION=`cat VERSION` ./"

So far we’ve had to add a script to the sample and modify the Jenkinsfile to run the script. Later in this tutorial we’ll implement this functionality as a cross-cutting concern and be able to remove this from the sample project. But for now let’s focus on the functionality we need.

Create an index of reports

In order to provide the user with access to reports we need to create a central list. A Kubernetes ConfigMap is a simple way to store this information. A config map does have some limitations (they aren’t ideal for large amounts of rapidly changing data) so we’ll come back at a later stage and provide a better solution, but for now it allows us to focus on the user functionality.

We’ll use one ConfigMap per app, and we’ll use a standard naming pattern so that other tools can work out where the test report config map is for each app. We’ll store the config maps in the jx namespace.

  1. Update the script with these three functions:

    function create_cm_if_needed() {
        if ! kubectl get cm $CM_NAME &> /dev/null; then
            echo "Creating ConfigMap $CM_NAME"
            kubectl create cm $CM_NAME
    function init_patch() {
        rm -f $UPLOADED
        echo "data:" >> $UPLOADED
        echo "  $VERSION: |-" >> $UPLOADED
    function update_cm() {
        set -x
        kubectl -v1 patch cm $CM_NAME --patch "$(cat $UPLOADED)"
        set +x
  2. And update the upload() function to call these functions:

    function upload() {

Visualize the test results

We’ll use Kibana and ElasticSearch to create dashboards to visualize the test results.

  1. Install ElasticSearch by running helm install --name jenkins-x-reports-elasticsearch incubator/elasticsearch
  2. Install Kibana by running helm install stable/kibana --name=jenkins-x-reports-kibana --set service.annotations."fabric8\.io/expose"=true --set files."kibana\.yml"."elasticsearch\.url"=http://jenkins-x-reports-elasticsearch-client:9200 --set && jx upgrade ingress.

    The ingress upgrade will ask you a number of questions, and you can just accept the defaults. You can now access Kibana by running jx get urls and copying the URL for jenkins-x-reports-kibana into your browser.

  3. Create a mapping for the JUnit XML format in Kibana by pasting this code into the Kibana console:

    PUT tests
        "mappings": {
          "junit": {
            "properties": {
            "errors": { "type": "integer" },
            "failures": { "type": "integer" },
            "name": { "type": "keyword" },
            "noNamespaceSchemaLocation": { "type": "text" },
            "skipped": { "type": "integer" },
            "tests": { "type": "integer" },
            "time": { "type": "double" },
            "xsi": { "type": "text" },
            "appName": { "type": "keyword" },
            "org": { "type": "keyword" },
            "version": { "type": "keyword" },
            "timestamp": { "type": "date" }
  4. An initial client for sending data to Kibana is available at ( Download it and get it building. As we start to convert the functionality we’ve built so far to a Jenkins X extension, we’ll move the scripted code we’ve written so far into this Go program. For now, we can just use the current version.

  5. Add this function to

    function dashboard() {
        curl > junit-runner
        chmod u+x junit-runner

    and call it from upload(). Push your changes to the sample repo and watch as Kibana starts to be populated with data.

A better way to build functionality

If you have built plugins for something like Jenkins or Eclipse, you will be used to building the functionality you need to run “in process” - inside the main process that the application is running (e.g. the Jenkins master). More recently a different approach to writing plugins has become more popular where you build the functionality as a separate process that is managed by the main process; this is the model used by VS Code for example. We would recommend using this approach in Jenkins X, and because Jenkins X is based on Kubernetes, that means using a separate container or Pod to build your functionality, and calling out to using REST APIs.

In this case that means that it would be better to build the functionality we created in junit-runner into a separate pod, rather than run it inside the build pod. As it so happens we already have a pod - the one we built to store and serve the test artifacts.

Let’s open that project up, and move the code which transforms the JUnit XML and sends it to elastic search into it.

  1. Open the main.go file and add this function:

    func toJson(json []byte) ([]byte, error) {
      m, err := mxj.NewMapJson(json)
      if err != nil {
        return nil, err
      if err != nil {
        return nil, err
      // Kibana is quite restrictive in the way it accepts JSON, so just rebuild the JSON entirely!
      utc, _ := time.LoadLocation("UTC")
      data := map[string]interface{} {
        "org": os.Getenv("ORG"),
        "appName": os.Getenv("APP_NAME"),
        "version": os.Getenv("VERSION"),
        "errors": m.ValueOrEmptyForPathString("testsuite.-errors"),
        "failures": m.ValueOrEmptyForPathString("testsuite.-failures"),
        "testsuiteName": m.ValueOrEmptyForPathString("testsuite.-name"),
        "skippedTests": m.ValueOrEmptyForPathString("testsuite.-skipped"),
        "tests": m.ValueOrEmptyForPathString("testsuite.-tests"),
        "time": m.ValueOrEmptyForPathString("testsuite.-time"),
        "timestamp": time.Now().In(utc).Format("2006-01-02T15:04:05Z"),
        // TODO Add the TestCases
      fmt.Printf("%s", data)
      return json2.Marshal(data)

    This function comes directly from the junit-runner code and is responsible for building a piece of JSON that is used by Kibana.

  2. We also need to add this function from the junit-runner code which reads the XML file, converts it to JSON using toJson(), and then sends it onwards to our ElasticSearch instance:

    func sendToElasticSearch(reader io.Reader, path string) error {
      _, json, err := x2j.XmlReaderToJson(reader)
      if err != nil {
        return err
      json, err = toJson(json)
      fmt.Printf("Successfully annnotated JUnit result with build info\n")
      if err != nil {
        return err
      req, err := http.NewRequest("POST", url, bytes.NewBuffer(json))
      req.Header.Set("Content-Type", "application/json")
      if err != nil {
        return err
      client := &http.Client{}
      resp, err := client.Do(req)
      if err != nil {
        return err
      defer resp.Body.Close()
      if (resp.StatusCode >= 200 && resp.StatusCode < 300 ) {
        fmt.Printf("Sent %s to %s\n", path, url)
      } else {
        body, _ := ioutil.ReadAll(resp.Body)
        return errors.New(fmt.Sprintf("HTTP status: %s; HTTP Body: %s\n", resp.Status, body))
      return nil

    Finally, we need to add a const to the go file which specifies the URL of the ElasticSearch instance. Add this to the top of main.go file:

    const url = "http://jenkins-x-reports-elasticsearch-client:9200/tests/junit/"
  3. Once you’ve resolved all the imports, you’ll notice that we still have some errors. That’s because we are missing a dependency on the mxj library which we are using to work with XML and JSON. Make sure you have these imports:

      json2 "encoding/json"

    And then add this by running dep init which will detect our dependency and set it up properly.

  4. We’ll also need to call it for each JUnit XML file we receive. And only for JUnit files. We can use the HTTP headers for this: Just above where we write the success message to the HTTP stream, add this code to call sendToElasticSearch():

        if r.Header.Get("X-Content-Type") == "text/vnd.junit-xml" {
          err = sendToElasticSearch(r.Body, r.URL.Path)
          if err != nil {
            renderError(w, "CANT_SEND_TO_ELASTICSEATCH", http.StatusInternalServerError)

    Push your changes up to Git to have the updated server built on Jenkins X.

  5. We now need to modify our script to send JUnit XML files with the mime type set to text/vnd.junit-xml. In the file in the sample project modify the curl command in upload_file() to add the header. The whole line should look like:

        curl -H "X-Content-Type: text/vnd.junit-xml" -s -F upload=@$1 http://jenkins-x-reports-upload.jx-production/$path

    If you are wondering why we use X-Content-Type it is to avoid breaking the multipart form upload for the file!

  6. And of course we need to remove junit-runner. Delete the dashboard() function and remove the call to it from upload().

  7. Now, let’s clean things up a bit more by moving the code creating the configmap from the script into the jenkins-x-reports code. First, we need to add a dependency on kubernetes-client to our code. Edit Gopkg.toml and add:

      name = ""
      version = "kubernetes-1.11.0"
      name = ""
      version = "kubernetes-1.11.0"
      name = ""
      version = "kubernetes-1.11.0"
  8. Now we can add this function to create the Kubernetes client:

    func createKubernetesClient() (*kubernetes.Clientset, error) {
      // creates the in-cluster config
      config, err := rest.InClusterConfig()
      if err != nil {
        return nil, err
      // creates the clientset
      client, err := kubernetes.NewForConfig(config)
      if err != nil {
        return nil, err
      return client, nil

    And call it by adding these lines to the top of main():

      client, err := createKubernetesClient()
      if err != nil {
  9. We now need to pass it to the uploadServer() function and change the signature of uploadServer() to func uploadServer(client *kubernetes.Clientset), and then do the same to uploadFileHandler(), changing the signature to func uploadServer(client *kubernetes.Clientset).

  10. Now, we can write a function that gets or creates the configmap:

    func getOrCreateConfigMap(org string, app string, client kubernetes.Interface) (*corev1.ConfigMap, error) {
      cmName := fmt.Sprintf("%s-%s-test-reports", org, app)
      cm, err := client.CoreV1().ConfigMaps(cmNamespace).Get(cmName, metav1.GetOptions{})
      if err != nil {
        return nil, err
      if cm == nil {
        return client.CoreV1().ConfigMaps(cmNamespace).Create(&corev1.ConfigMap{
          ObjectMeta: metav1.ObjectMeta{
            Name: cmName,
        if err != nil {
          return nil, err
      return cm, nil
  11. In order to pass the org name and the app name to the config map creator, we can pass them using HTTP Headers. We can call the config map creation from the uploadFileHandler(), just before we write success by adding these lines to the top of the function:

        // Get and validate headers
        org := r.Header.Get("X-Org")
        if org == "" {
          renderError(w, "MUST_PROVIDE_X-ORG_HEADER", http.StatusInternalServerError)
          log.Println("No X-ORG HEADER provided")
        app := r.Header.Get("X-App")
        if app == "" {
          renderError(w, "MUST_PROVIDE_X-APP_HEADER", http.StatusInternalServerError)
          log.Println("No X-APP HEADER provided")

    And this to the bottom, just above the success message:

    getOrCreateConfigMap(org, app, client)

    And before we forget, update the script to send these values. The curl command should now look like curl -H "X-Content-Type: text/vnd.junit-xml" -H "X-ORG: ${ORG}" -H "X-APP: ${APP_NAME} -s -F upload=@$1.

  12. Now, let’s implement the function updateConfigMap() to perform the actual patch. Use this function:

    func updateConfigMap(cm *corev1.ConfigMap, version string, filename string, url string, client kubernetes.Interface) (*corev1.ConfigMap, error){
      fmt.Printf("Updating %s with data for %s and Data %s\n", cm.Name, version, cm.Data )
      if cm.Data[version] == "" {
        cm.Data[version] = fmt.Sprintf("|-\n")
      cm.Data[version] = fmt.Sprintf("%s\n    %s: %s\n", cm.Data[version], filename, url)
      return client.CoreV1().ConfigMaps(cmNamespace).Update(cm)
  13. Now we need to figure out the host URL for the report downloads. Use this function:

    func getReportHost(client kubernetes.Interface) (string, error) {
      svc, err := client.CoreV1().Services("jx-production").Get("jenkins-x-reports", metav1.GetOptions{})
      if err != nil {
        return "", err
      return svc.Annotations[""], nil
  14. We now need to wire it in. Add a version header to the top of the uploadFileHandler() function:

    version := r.Header.Get("X-Version")
    if version == "" {
      renderError(w, "MUST_PROVIDE_X-VERSION_HEADER", http.StatusInternalServerError)
      log.Println("No X-VERSION HEADER provided")

    And add just above the success message:

    cm, err := getOrCreateConfigMap(org, app, client)
        if err != nil {
            renderError(w, "ERROR_CREATING_CONFIG_MAP", http.StatusInternalServerError)
        reportHost, err := getReportHost(client)
        if err != nil {
            renderError(w, "ERROR_CREATING_CONFIG_MAP", http.StatusInternalServerError)
        url := fmt.Sprintf("%s/%s/%s/%s/%s", reportHost, org, app, version, filename)
        cm, err = updateConfigMap(cm, version, filename, url, client )
        if err != nil {
            renderError(w, "ERROR_UPDATING_CONFIG_MAP", http.StatusInternalServerError)
  15. We can also improve the way we are storing the files now, using the headers to create the path rather than just copying the path that was used for upload by changing the variable dir to look more like dir := filepath.Join(uploadPath, org, app, version)

  16. Finally, let’s tidy up by removing the remnants of the patching code and adding the version header. Your final curl command should look like: curl -H "X-Content-Type: text/vnd.junit-xml" -H "X-Org: ${ORG}" -H "X-App: ${APP_NAME}" -H "X-Version: ${VERSION}" -s -F upload=@$1 http://jenkins-x-reports-upload.jx-production/$filename

Progress Review

We still have some steps to complete.

  • Add token based authentication for the upload endpoint to prevent random pieces of code updating it (it’s only accessible in the cluster anyway)
  • Allow contribution to build health (requires additional JX support jx step post and jx step pre)

At this point the JX team have also learned that we want to build some additional extension points into Jenkins X:

  • A jx step post support for a ‘post build` steps. This will allow us to implement build health, as it will allow us to:
    • Inject additional steps into the build that allow us to run e.g. mvn surefire-report:report without modifying the build
  • jx step collect for collecting build artifact that will run even if the build fails
    • Add URLs to the PipelineActivity CRD

TODO complete the guide

Last modified October 22, 2019: release 0.0.1167 (242139c)