Jenkins & Selenium


I have in the past used Atlassian Bamboo for build automation and to run automated tests. While I love that solution, it costs money and not everyone wants to buy it.

Tonight I took my first dive into using the open source CI server called Jenkins, in combination with my ruby_tester project to launch selenium tests for my current employer.

This is not a step by step, but I've included all the things I got tripped up on. So here are my tips if you try to do this:


Install Jenkins on ubuntu

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo deb binary/ > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jenkins.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install jenkins

Setup Jenkins User

At this point jenkins will load up on http://localhost:8080 and run as a jenkins user; but we want to use git, rbenv, ruby and selenium. So login to your machine as the jenkins user:
sudo su jenkins -s /bin/bash

Remember to create an ssh key and add it where appropriate; ex. github or bitbucket

ssh-keygen -t rsa
git config --global ""
git config --global "Your Name"

Go through the steps to install rbenv for the jenkins user.

For ruby_tester, remember to download the correct chromedriver for selenium and add it to your path in .bashrc

export PATH="$PATH:$HOME/Applications/chromedriver"

Jenkins Job

Finally when you setup your jenkins job and try to execute a shell command, remember to include: source /var/lib/jenkins/.bashrc

as well as run your bundle install and bundle exec rake

bundle install --path vendor && bundle exec rake your_rake_task

If you're using the ruby_tester remember to add a 'post-build action' to 'publish j-unit test report' and set the pattern to:


Selenium Tests

You can use the Selenium Web Driver, but you're going to need to run it against a Selenium Server (very easy). Because jenkin runs under a service account and is not inside of a windowed (x-session) environment and has no access to a browser. Download the Selenium Server Jar and then run the following command to start it.

java -jar selenium-server-standalone-2.33.0.jar [-port 4444] [-interactive] [-timeout 1800]

Then you simply need to launch your web driver using this syntax

driver = Selenium::WebDriver.for :remote, :desired_capabilities => :chrome

NOTE: local host and port 4444 are assumed

Email Notifications

I simply used a gmail account to send email and put the credentials into Jenkins.