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A toolchain for testing REST APIs in BDD manner.

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Toolchain to define and verify REST API in BDD.

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Quick start

Writing tests

Using Given, when, functions as you see in the example below, you can determine and assert the behaviour of your REST API.

The story, response, status objects are some proxies for currently writing story(inside the with Given( ... ): context) and it's response. and the last response after a Given and or when.

import re
import sys
import json

from bddrest.authoring import Given, when, response, status

def wsgi_application(environ, start_response):
    path = environ['PATH_INFO']
    if path.endswith('/None'):
            '404 Not Found',
            [('Content-Type', 'text/plain;charset=utf-8')]
        yield b''
            '200 OK',
            [('Content-Type', 'application/json;charset=utf-8')]
        result = json.dumps(dict(
        yield result.encode()

with Given(
        url='/books/id: 1',
        as_='visitor') as story:

    assert status == 200
    assert status == '200 OK'
    assert 'foo' in response.json
    assert response.json['foo'] == 'bar'

        'Trying invalid book id',
        url_parameters={'id': None}

    assert response.status == 404

Dumping a Story



  as_: visitor
  description: As a member I have to POST a book to the library.
    name: BDD Book
    a: b
    - 'Content-Type: application/json;charset=utf-8'
      foo: bar
    status: 200 OK
  title: Posting a book
  url: /books/:id
    id: '1'
  verb: GET
- response:
    - 'Content-Type: text/plain;charset=utf-8'
    status: 404 Not Found
  title: Trying invalid book id
    id: None

You may load the story again from this yaml with Story.loads(yaml).

There are two additional methods available to dump and load to and from a file: story.load(file) and story.dump(file)

Auto Dumping

You may pass the autodump argument of the Given function to configure the auto-dumping:

:param autodump: A file-like object to write dumped story.
                 Default is `None`, means autodump is disabled by default.

Auto Documentation

You may pass the autodoc argument of the Given function to configure the auto-documentation:

:param autodoc: A file-like object to write documentation.
                Default is `None`, meana autodoc is disabled by default.
:param autodoc_format: Either ``markdown`` or ``html``. default is


You can use story.document([formatter_factory=MarkdownFormatter]) to generate documentation in arbitrary format for example: Markdown.

There is also a CLI to do this:

bddrest document < story.yml >
## Posting a book

### GET /books/:id

As a member I have to POST a book to the library.

### Url Parameters

Name | Example
--- | ---
id | 1

### Query Strings

Name | Example
--- | ---
a | b

### Form

Name | Example
--- | ---
name | BDD Book

### Response: 200 OK

#### Headers

* Content-Type: application/json;charset=utf-8

#### Body

{"foo": "bar"}

## WHEN: Trying invalid book id

### Url Parameters

Name | Example
--- | ---
id | None

### Response: 404 Not Found

#### Headers

* Content-Type: text/plain;charset=utf-8

Command Line Interface

After installing the project a command named bddrest will be available.

bddrest -h

Enabling the bash autocompletion for bddrest

Add this into your .bashrc and or $VIRTUAL_ENV/bin/postactivate.

eval "$(register-python-argcomplete bddrest)"

Mockup server

When you want serve the server for special yaml file using like below.

bddrest mockupserver yamlfilename

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