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Using GIT to automate your browser testing

2015-05-20

If you're looking for a way to run tests after each git commit push, you can use the post-commit hook supplied by GIT.


In your repository, create a post-commit file:

vim .git/hooks/post-commit

In this file you can for example add a cURL call which will start all your browser tests at TestingBot via API.
curl -u key:secret https://api.testingbot.com/v1/lab/trigger_all -X POST -d ""


Optionally, you can specify an API callback URL at TestingBot, which will be called when all tests are finished. Our API will call your URL and supply the test results in JSON format.


If you only want to do this for a specific branch, you can use this snippet:

#!/bin/bash
while read oldrev newrev refname
do
    branch=$(git rev-parse --symbolic --abbrev-ref $refname)
    if [ "master" == "$branch" ]; then
        # Do something
    fi
done

Tip: you can also use pre-push or post-receive hooks, depending on when in the GIT process you'd like to run your tests.


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