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Robot Framework commands library

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Robot Framework Frontend Library


Robot Framework frontend script.


Documentation for crl.rfcli can be found from Read The Docs.


The package can be installed with pip:

# pip install crl.rfcli

Test Execution

Test cases are executed with “rfcli” command. It adds ./libraries and ./resources to PYTHONPATH so that you can easily import libraries and resources in test cases. Additionally, it will recursively search the ./testcases directory for any subdirectories named libraries or resources and add those to PYTHONPATH.

Rfcli reads the target information for targets specified with -t option from config files. The target config files can be either in INI or YAML format. It exports the variables to the test execution environment as RFCLI_TARGET_1.IP etc. Use the -t and –rfcli-show options together to see how it works.

Test case output is directed to $HOME/public_html/rfcli if the directory exists.


rfcli -t foundcloud1 --suite framework.use_targets testcases

The target parameter can be specified in the following ways:

  1. The name of the target system can be specified without any extension. The corresponding file with the .ini or .yaml extension must exist in the targets directory.:

    rfcli -t targetname
  2. A target file can be specified with an absolute or a relative path including one of the supported extensions. The extension can be .ini or .yaml:

    rfcli -t /home/fedora/gitlab/crl/targetname.ini
    rfcli -t ../../gitlab/crl/targetname.ini
    rfcli -t /home/fedora/gitlab/crl/targetname.yaml
    rfcli -t ../../gitlab/crl/targetname.yaml

More than one target system can be specified.

The name of each target will be exported to an enumerated Robot variable. The name of the first target will be exported to RFCLI_TARGET_1, the second one to RFCLI_TARGET_2 and so on.

The target properties are read from the INI file and later available as Robot variables RFCLI_TARGET_1.IP, RFCLI_TARGET_2.USER, etc…

The target properties in the YAML file can be in a nested structure. The properties are read from the file. Each property name is prefixed by the names of each level of nesting leading to it and separated by “.”. The properties are available as Robot variables RFCLI_TARGET_1.ENV.PARAMETERS.EXTERNAL_NETWORKS.EXT0, RFCLI_TARGET_1.ENV_PARAMETERS.NTP_SERVERS, etc…


Please see contributing for development and contribution practices.

The code and the issues are hosted on GitHub.

The project is licensed under BSD-3-Clause.

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