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A pytest plugin for orchestrating tests

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Pytest-Orchestration is configuration driven test orchestration plugin, designed with the intention of being used for performance tests, however it might fit other purposes as well.


pip install pytest-orchestration


The configuration describing the orchestrated tests has the form of a .json file. Where these files live is defined in the pytest.ini under "orchestration_descriptions". Note that the name of the file should match the test_name key in the file as well.

orchestration_descriptions = orchestration/descriptions/

Below is an example config with comments:

  "test_name": "my_orchestration_test",                 // Name of the test (no need to have a "test" prefix or suffix)
  "total_hours": 3,                                     // Total number of hours for the test to run
  "unref_setup_fixtures": ["device_with_collectd"],     // A list of setup fixtures that won't be references in actual test events
  "events": [                                           // A list of all "events" making up the test
      "name": "start_playback",                         // Mandatory: The name of the event as it is implemented, see Events section below
      "interval_sec": 300,                              // Optional: The number of seconds between eache execution of this event. If it is not set, then the event will only be triggerd according to "at_startup" and "at_teardown"
      "at_startup": true,                               // Optional(Defaults to true): Specifies if the event should be executed once on startup, if false it will wait interval_sec befor being executed.
      "at_teardown": false,                              // Optional(Defaults to false): Specifies if a event should be executed on teardown, one last time after the time "total_hours" have been reached.
      "params":{                                        // Optional: Params is a dict of simple key: values that would be used in the implemented events
        "video_path": "/home/orch-tests/video-files/high_res_clip.mp4"
      "name": "start_streamer",
      "at_startup": true
      "name": "collect_system_report",
      "at_startup": false,
      "at_teardown": true


Events are what make up the orchestrated test. From the configuration example above we have 3 event; start_playback, start_streamer and collect_system_report. Each of these events needs to have an corresponding function. Where these functions live is specified in pytest.ini under orchestration_sources and can be a comma(',') separated list of files.

orchestration_sources = tests/,

These events implementations can use any existing pytest fixture as parameter, as well as any parameter defined in the configuration/description, see "video_path" in configuration example above.

See an actual event implementation of start_playback from configuration example above. It's input parameters are:

  • "video_player" - An already existing fixture we are reusing in our event
  • "video_path" - An input defined from our configuration/description file
  • "kill_switch" - The provided kill_switch fixture, we send it in you play method since it will start a subprocess which orchestration can not stop on it's own, so through the kill_switch we signal it and it has to take care of stopping itself.
  • "result_reporter" - We pass in the result_reporter so the play method can add its info/error whatever that orchestration then will monitor and execute on_result() when there is something new reported
def start_playback(video_player, video_path, kill_switch, result_reporter):, kill_switch, result_reporter)


Reporter is a class provided that the orchestration is using to collect reports/result/info from all its orchestrated events. An implemented event can use the result_reporter() fixture to get the instance. The reporter has 2 main methods worth noticing; monitor() and on_result(). The monitor method will be running in the background of the orchestration and monitor the Queue object it contains for new info, if it finds something then on_result() will be called which will pop the info and log it. It is possible to implement your own Reporter class by inheriting from provided ResultReporter class and implementing your own on_result() method. If you implement this you also need to override the result_reporter(report_queue) fixture and make it return your reporter instead.


The plugin comes with a few fixture helpers, these are:

  • kill_switch() - Gives you a multiprocessing.Event() which will be set when tests finishes, so your event can know when test has ended and tear itself down properly.
  • result_reporter() - Facilitates a way to collect and report what is important from your events, see Reporter section.
  • report_queue() - Fixture which returns a thread safe multiprocessing.Manager().Queue() object which is injected into result_reporter, could be overridden as well.


To run a orchestration test you just need to specify --run-orch=<orch_name> where orch_name should be the name of the description configuration file excluding its extension.

pytest --test-orch=my_orchestration_test

The option --load-orch is also available, specifying this will load all events. This is mostly meant for testing.

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