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You and your team have a list of testcases you want to execute prior to a new release. Because things are moving quickly many of those tests aren't yet automated, so testing becomes a team effort. Ruruku helps coordinate this team effort by offering a single, low friction contact point where testers can sign up, claim test cases and provide feedback.

Ruruku offers a YAML-based testcase description that is meant to live next to your code. When the time has come to go through the tests, run ruruku session start --plan testcases.yaml to start a test session on your ruruku installation. You can also use ruruku start testcases.yaml to spawn a local webserver that allows others to participate in the test.

Beware: this is a side project and it's early days. Here be dragons.

Getting started

Ruruku runs on OSX, Linux and Windows. You can either get going on your local machine, in a Gitpod or run this in a Docker container.

On your local machine

To get started download ruruku. You'll need a set of tests that you want to run through. You can either create one yourself (ruruku plan) or use an example. Use ruruku start testplan.yaml to start the API serer and test session.

To share that session with others, Serveo comes in handy, which exposes local servers to the internet. This way you can run ruruku on your local machine and share it with others.


Gitpod is an online IDE that offers instant workspaces in the cloud (full disclosure: this is what I work on during the day). It makes trying things like ruruku a breeze. Ruruku itself was/is developed exclusively in Gitpod - I never once had to clone the repo locally.

You can either open use our demo repository which also serves a good starter for your own projects, or jump right in with the development workspace of ruruku which runs a full build.

Hosting ruruku (Docker/Kubernetes)

Ruruku has a central server which hosts the Web UI (for tests) provides a gRPC based API for the command-line tools. The ruruku server starts with ruruku serve. There also is a Docker image available for each release.

Note that the ruruku server needs a place where to store the data. By default that's in /var/ruruku. To run a Docker container that makes this data persistent, you can use a volume:

docker run -p 8080:8080 -p 1234:1234 -v /path/on/my/machine:/var/ruruku csweichel/ruruku:latest

Securing your installation

By default Ruruku runs without any transport encryption/security. This way getting started is easy, but it's not exactly secure. Especially if you intent to expose your Ruruku installation to the internet, it's a good idea to use TLS for the gRPC API server, and HTTPS/TLS for the UI server.

To enable TLS for the API server and HTTPS for the UI server, add the following to your config

        port: 443
        https: enabled
        cert: ui.crt
        key: ui.key
        enabled: true
        cert: server.crt
        key: server.key

and use the --tls flag to pass the certificate to the client (e.g. ruruku session --tls server.crt list).

Hint: to generate a pair of self-signed certificates run:

openssl req -new -newkey rsa:4096 -x509 -sha256 -days 365 -nodes -subj "/CN=*/" -out server.crt -keyout server.key

Create a testsuite

To create your own testsuite run ruruku plan which will guide you through the process. If you want to a converter that takes an existing testcase description and produces a ruruku one, make sure to look at ruruku plan --help and ruruku plan add --help.


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What's with the name?

Ruruku is Maori and means to draw together with a cord, bind together, lash, coordinate. It is pronounced just the way it's written - checkout the Maori dictionary for an audio sample.

Why are you building this?

  1. I wanted a fun side project that integrates Go and React in a single project.
  2. Gitpod allows for a new kind of tools which no longer require complex hosting so that they can be available on the Internet. Your workspace becomes your hosting platform. I wanted to explore this concept in a real-world use-case.
  3. When testing Gitpod we still have a handful of manual testcases. I hope that ruruku will be handy for testing those.


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