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A tool for serializing Robot Framework test run results into an sqlite3 database.

Project description

DbBot is a Python script to serialize Robot Framework output files into a SQLite database. This way the future Robot Framework related tools and plugins will have a unified storage for the test run results.


Robot Framework version 2.7.4 or later is recommended as versions prior to 2.7.4 do not support storing total elapsed time for test runs or tags.

How it works

The script takes one or more output.xml files as input, initializes the database schema, and stores the respective results into a database (robot_results.db by default, can be changed with options -b or –database). If database file is already existing, it will insert the new results into that database.


This tool is installed with pip with command:

$ pip install dbbot

Alternatively you can download the source distribution, extract it and install using:

$ python install

What is stored

Both the test data (names, content) and test statistics (how many did pass or fail, possible errors occurred, how long it took to run, etc.) related to suites and test cases are stored by default. However, keywords and related data are not stored as it might take order of magnitude longer for massive test runs. You can choose to store keywords and related data by using -k or –also-keywords flag.

Usage examples

Typical usage with a single output.xml file:

python -m atest/testdata/one_suite/output.xml

If the database does not already exist, it’s created. Otherwise the test results are just inserted into the existing database. Only new results are inserted.

The default database is a file named robot_results.db.

Additional options are:

Short format Long format Description
-k –also-keywords Parse also suites’ and tests’ keywords
-v –verbose Print output to the console.
-b DB_FILE_PATH –database=DB_FILE_PATH SQLite database for test run results
-d –dry-run Do everything except store the results.

Specifying custom database name:

$ python -m  -b my_own_database.db atest/testdata/one_suite/output.xml

Parsing test run results with keywords and related data included:

python -m -k atest/testdata/one_suite/output.xml

Giving multiple test run result files at the same time:

python -m atest/testdata/one_suite/output.xml atest/testdata/one_suite/output_latter.xml


You can inspect the created database using the sqlite3 command-line tool:

$ sqlite3 robot_results.db

sqlite> .tables
arguments        suite_status     test_run_errors  tests
keyword_status   suites           test_run_status
keywords         tag_status       test_runs
messages         tags             test_status

sqlite> SELECT count(),,
        FROM tests, test_status
        WHERE == test_status.test_id AND
        test_status.status == "FAIL"
        GROUP BY;

Please note that when database is initialized, no indices are created by DbBot. This is to avoid slowing down the inserts. You might want to add indices to the database by hand to speed up certain queries in your own scripts.

For information about the database schema, see doc/

Migrating from Robot Framework 2.7 to 2.8

In Robot Framework 2.8, output.xml has changed slightly. Due this, the databases created with 2.7 need to migrated to be 2.8 compatible.

To migrate the existing database, issue the following script:

python tools/migrate27to28 -b <path_to_robot_results_db>

Use case example: Most failing tests

One of the common use cases for DbBot is to get a report of the most commonly failing suites, tests and keywords. There’s an example for this purpose in examples/FailBot/bin/failbot.

Failbot is a Python script used to produce a summary web page of the failing suites, tests and keywords, using the information stored in the DbBot database. Please adjust (the barebone) HTML templates in examples/FailBot/templates to your needs.

Writing your own scripts

Please take a look at the modules in examples/FailBot/failbot as an example on how to build on top of the classes provided by DbBot to satisfy your own scripting needs.


DbBot is released under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

See LICENSE.TXT for details.

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