I’ve been using TestLink for a while now and would like to share some of the knowledge I’ve gained during this period. In this tutorial series I’ll tackle the whole process from start to finish to set up a system that uses TestLink for Requirements and Test Project/Plan/Case management along with Test Plan execution using Jenkins.
Topics we’re going to handle include
- Setting up TestLink
- Creating content in TestLink (Projects, Plans, Requirements, Test Cases, …)
- Issue Tracker integration
- Pulling your Test Plan into Jenkins for test executions
- Pushing the results back to TestLink
What I’ll be using in this tutorial is
If you do not have access to a webhost that has MySQL (or MSSQL) and an up to date version of PHP you’ll also want to install a webserver on your own PC (or your Jenkins machine) for experimenting purposes. In case you are not familiar with setting up a webserver or database I’d recommend you get
- Apache’s XAMPP [Official Website]
It doesn’t really matter what version of the software mentioned you get. Jenkins seems to release update very frequently while TestLink gets about a new release per quarter. Things might be slightly different in newer versions but it shouldn’t be a problem to follow the tutorial.
Let’s get started installing TestLink! Surf to the location of your TestLink instance, if you’re doing this on your own computer it’s probably something along the lines of http://localhost/testlink1_9_13/, you’ll be greeted by this page
If you’re doing a fresh install just hit the “New Installation” link and agree to the license agreement. The following page checks if your setup meets the requirements. If you’re running this on your own computer you might need to resolve write access issues before being able to continue.
Next we need to configure the database access. Select which DBMS you want to use (I’ll be using MySQL in this tutorial). Enter a user with enough “admin” rights and fill in a username and password which TestLink will use to access the database (this is NOT your login info for TestLink itself. Default credentials are admin/admin). Let’s continue!
In the case that TestLink could not write your config file, you’ll have to manually create the file and paste the given contents into it. Now everything is set up, browse to the root TestLink URL and you’ll be presented with a login screen.
Note that you can do a whole lot of configuration in TestLink but it’s not accessible in the GUI. You need to open up config.inc.php in a text editor and manually change the values there. I suggest you scroll through it and have a look what you can do. To be safe, make a backup of the file before you start editting it.
Some default behaviour I liked changing included the following
- Change the path of the upload directory and log files
$g_repositoryPath = '/var/testlink/upload_area/'; /* unix example */ $tlCfg->log_path = '/var/testlink/logs/'; /* unix example */
- Do not hide the available actions on pages by changing the value to inline
$tlCfg->gui->op_area_display->test_spec_container = 'none'; // '' $tlCfg->gui->op_area_display->test_case = 'none'; // 'inline' $tlCfg->gui->op_area_display->req_spec_container = 'none'; // 'inline' $tlCfg->gui->op_area_display->req = 'none'; // 'inline'
There are many, many more things that are possibly a good idea to change depending on your needs, just keep in mind that all of these settings are in this file for future reference.
Congratulations! You’ve just installed and configured TestLink. When you log in you’ll be asked to create a Test Project before you can continue. I’ll be talking about this and more in the next tutorial.