WSO2 QA Test Framework - Fundamentals

WSO2 QA Test framework has been developed to replace repetitive manual test procedures followed during the release cycles. We identified the tests which provide much ROI with automation and used them for phase1 of the test framework development project.
With the introduction of WSO2 Carbon product platform in late 2008, all java based products are implemented using the base carbon platform. All products (9 all together) are released at the same day which is a very different experience specially for a QA team. All products are supposed to go through a set of common tests and a set of product specific tests. All are supposed to work on multiple application servers, multiple JVMs, multiple browsers, multiple operating systems, multiple DBMSs etc.. hell a lot of test combinations! The product count exceeded the number of people in test team. More products are expected to be introduced in near future. Therefore, the only viable solution to manage the QA process is to automating as more tests as possible.
So, we started implementing our automated test framework in 2009 March.
As I discussed in some previous posts, we chose selenium for automation. We used Selenium Remote Control Java client driver to drive selenium tests with Junit. However our tests were not restricted to web based selenium scripts. We have written numerous tests which used Axis2 ServiceClient API and some other API methods to invoke web services, sending messages via secure channels, reliable messaging, message mediation etc.
We derived our project structure which adheres to maven as given below. You can get a SVN checkout of 2.0.3 branch of the test framework (which is the most stable version at the moment) from


Each project is built using its pom.xml at the root of the project directory. We used selenium maven plugin and surefire plugin to start selenium RC server and launch Junit tests respectively.
commons project is used to maintain tests which are used in all products. For example, org.wso2.carbon.web.test.common.RegistryBrowser is common for all products since all products have a common registry browser. We used svn:externals to link the common classes to relevant projects.
You can find all common classes at

In addition to that, commons project is used to store the test artifacts which are shared among multiple products. For example JDBC connector jars and keystores are used in all products and those are stored in commons/lib directory.

The other most important resource included in commons project is configuration file. It is used to configure the test framework according to the test environment. Under the "global properties" section of the file, you could find the following properties.

You must change these properties as per your test environment settings. http.port and https.port are the embedded tomcat servlet transport ports used in WSO2 Carbon products. (full explanation of these properties will be included in a future post)

Lets look at a product specific test suite. Go to wsas directory in your test framework checkout. This is the project used to run WSO2 WSAS specific tests. You will find the following files and directories at the root of this project.


lib directory is used to store the test artifacts specific to WSAS such as axis2 services, jaxws services etc.
You can invoke tests using two different ways.

  • Direct maven invocation - you can run tests individually by passing a system property as follows
mvn clean install -Dtest.suite=usermanagement

  • Run tests through a shell script - You can run tests individually or as a whole suite or few tests at once using this way. Here, it is required to uncomment the selected tests in wsas_test_suites.txt. The shell script read the test names from wsas_test_suites.txt and invoke each test.

In any of the above mechanisms, we call a central test suite class which takes care of calling the individual tests. For each project we have a separate class which extends junit.framework.TestSuite parent. In our example, is the TestSuite.

See for more details about this class.

You will also notice in AllTests class that initBrowser() method of the BrowserInitializer class is called to launch the browser instance for a particular test as follows.

public synchronized static void initBrowser()throws Exception{

if (browser == null) {
browser = new DefaultSelenium("localhost", 4444, "*"+property.getProperty("browser.version"), "https://" + property.getProperty("") + ":" + property.getProperty("https.port"));


You can easily try out WSO2 QA test framework once you download and start using any of WSO2 Carbon based product. This is not a detailed explanation of the all features available in our test framework. I will guide you through more information in future posts. If you encounter any issues while using the test framework, please drop us a mail -

Stay tuned.. will post more on automation soon!


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