Advanced Cookbook

This page contains some extra reading you might find useful when writing and running your Tavern tests.

Pytest plugins

Because Tavern is built upon Pytest, The majority of Pytest plugins can be used seamlessly to help your testing.

  • pytest-sugar and pytest-tldr can all be used to make test result reporting more pretty or less pretty.
  • pytest-instafail shows errors in line while tests are running
  • pytest-html can be used to provide html reports of test runs
  • pytest-xdist can be used to run your tests in parallel, speeding up test runs if you have a large number of tests

Using with docker

Tavern can be fairly easily used with Docker to run your integration tests. Simply use this Dockerfile as a base and add any extra requirements you need (such as any Pytest plugins as mentioned above):

# tavern.Dockerfile
FROM python:3.9-alpine

RUN pip3 install tavern

Build with:

docker build --file tavern.Dockerfile --tag tavern:latest .

Or if you need a specific version (hopefully you shouldn’t):

# tavern.Dockerfile
FROM python:3.9-alpine

RUN pip3 install tavern==$TAVERNVER
export TAVERNVER=0.24.0
docker build --build-arg TAVERNVER=$TAVERNVER --file tavern.Dockerfile --tag tavern:$TAVERNVER .

Note that if you do this in a folder with a lot of subfolders (for example, an npm project) you probably want to create a .dockerignore file so that the build does not take an incredibly long time to start up - see the documentation here for information on how to create one.

This can be used by running it on the command line with docker run, but it is often easier to use it in a docker-compose file like this:

version: '3.4'

      context: .
      dockerfile: tavern.Dockerfile
      # Any extra environment variables for testing
      # This will probably contain things like names of docker containers to run tests against
      - required-env-keys.env
      # The folder that our integration tests are in
      - ./integration_tests:/integration_tests
      # If you have anything in your pytest configuration it will also need mounting
      # here then pointing to with the -c flag to pytest
      - python
      - -m
      - pytest
      # Point to any global configuration files
      - --tavern-global-cfg
      - /integration_tests/local_urls.yaml
      # And any other flags you want to pass
      - -p
      - no:logging
      # And then point to the folder we mounted above
      - /integration_tests
  # Optionally also just run your application in a docker container as well
      context: .
      dockerfile: application.Dockerfile

Using marks with fixtures

Though passing arguments into fixtures is unsupported at the time of writing, you can use Pytest marks to control the behaviour of fixtures.

If you have a fixture that loads some information from a file or some other external data source, but the behaviour needs to change depending on which test is being run, this can be done by marking the test and accessing the test Node in your fixture to change the behaviour:

test_name: endpoint 1 test

  - endpoint_1
  - usefixtures:
       - read_uuid


test_name: endpoint 2 test

  - endpoint_2
  - usefixtures:
       - read_uuid


In the read_uuid fixture:

import pytest
import json

def read_uuid(request):  # 'request' is a built in pytest fixture
    marks = request.node.own_markers
    mark_names = [ for m in marks]

    with open("stored_uuids.json", "r") as ufile:
        uuids = json.load(ufile)

    if "endpoint_1" in mark_names:
        return uuids["endpoint_1"]
    elif "endpoint_2" in mark_names:
        return uuids["endpoint_2"]
    else:"No marker found on test!")