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Published: Apr 28, 2015 License: MIT


ipfs whole tests using the sharness framework

Running all the tests

Just use make in this directory to run all the tests. Run with TEST_VERBOSE=1 to get helpful verbose output.


The usual ipfs env flags also apply:

# the output will make your eyes bleed

Running just one test

You can run only one test script by launching it like a regular shell script:

$ ./

Debugging one test

You can use the -v option to make it verbose and the -i option to make it stop as soon as one test fails. For example:

$ ./ -v -i


When running "make" in this directory for the first time, sharness will be downloaded from its github repo and installed in a "lib/sharness" directory.

Please do not change anything in the "lib/sharness" directory.

If you really need some changes in sharness, please fork it from its cannonical repo and send pull requests there.

Writing Tests

Please have a look at existing tests and try to follow their example.

When possible and not too inefficient, that means most of the time, an ipfs command should not be on the left side of a pipe, because if the ipfs command fails (exit non zero), the pipe will mask this failure. For example after false | true, echo $? prints 0 (despite false failing).

It should be possible to put most of the code inside test_expect_success, or sometimes test_expect_failure, blocks, and to chain all the commands inside those blocks with &&, or || for diagnostic commands.


Make your test case output helpful for when running sharness verbosely. This means cating certain files, or running diagnostic commands. For example:

test_expect_success ".ipfs/ has been created" '
  test -d ".ipfs" &&
  test -f ".ipfs/config" &&
  test -d ".ipfs/datastore" ||
  test_fsh ls -al .ipfs

The || ... is a diagnostic run when the preceding command fails. test_fsh is a shell function that echoes the args, runs the cmd, and then also fails, making sure the test case fails. (wouldnt want the diagnostic accidentally returning true and making it seem like the test case succeeded!).

Testing commands on daemon or mounted

Use the provided functions in lib/ to run the daemon or mount:

To init, run daemon, and mount in one go:


test_expect_success "'ipfs add --help' succeeds" '
  ipfs add --help >actual

# other tests here...

# dont forget to kill the daemon!!

To init, run daemon, and then mount separately:


# tests inited but not running here


# tests running but not mounted here


# tests mounted here

# dont forget to kill the daemon!!


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