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Testing Brigade Scripts

Now that we’ve written our brigade.js scripts, we’re ready to confirm that the Javascript is correct and functioning as intended. Here we demonstrate the use of a few utilities we can employ to do so.

Javascript testing with brigtest

brigtest is a testing tool designed to vet the Javascript portion of a brigade.js script without actually launching any containers or requiring a Kubernetes cluster. It can optionally mock events, Jobs and projects.

Follow the installation instructions to set brigtest up on your machine. For these examples, we’ll assume brigtest is installed and available globally.

Next, let’s create an example brigade.js file:

const { events, Job } = require("brigadier");

events.on("exec", (e, p) => {
  var one = new Job("one", "alpine:3.4");
  var two = new Job("two", "alpine:3.4");

  one.tasks = ["echo world"]; result => {
    two.tasks = ["echo hello " + result.toString()]; result2 => {

Now, let’s run it through brigtest passing -x to check syntax:

$ brigtest -f brigade.js -x
✨  Done in 0.22s.

This is a great way to first check that the Javascript is properly formatted.

To test our script with a mocked event, we can just drop the -x and brigtest will use the default exec event if not otherwise specified via -e <event>:

$ brigtest -f brigade.js
✨  Done in 0.24s.

Since brigtest doesn’t actually launch the Jobs specified in our script, we don’t see their intended output. To mock these Job outputs and/or supply a non-default config, check out brigtest’s

At this stage, we can be confident that our Javascript is correct and our use of the brigadier library is as well. So, we’re all set to integration test.

Integration testing with Brigade Integration Test

Brigade Project Integration Test is a great project that lays the foundation for a way to integration test a Brigade project on a provided Kubernetes cluster. It is currently designed to work with Minikube.

To quickly get started with the project, check out the

Once your kube context/kubectl is pointing to a minikube cluster, you can run the default tests as instructed. This will install a default Brigade server, a default Brigade project and confirm all is in working order by issuing a brig run against the Brigade project, using the brigade.js that lives at the repo’s root.

We now have a great start for supplying a non-default Brigade project and brigade.js script for testing. Although supporting these overrides is still to be natively supported in the tool (as of writing), it’s simply a matter of adjusting a few strings and re-running the test script to cover our example brigade.js file above.

In fact, to cover our script above, we can modify the main bats script in this project with an assertion around output.

As we expect to see "hello world" in the console output after the pipeline finishes, our new test can look like the following:

@test "run should output 'hello world'" {
  run $BRIG_RUN
  assert_output --partial "hello world"