Github Actions

About GitHub Actions

GitHub Actions is an automation platform built in to GitHub.com that makes it easy to automate code quality on your github repos. There are a number of integrations that make using TestBox inside GitHub Actions simple, speedy and powerful so you can get back to writing code.

Features

TestBox Integration

Testing your application with TestBox in GitHub Actions (GHA) begins a workflow.yml file at the root of a .github/workflows/ directory. You can name this file anything you like - I'd suggest build.yml or test.yml - but if it is not a valid Yaml file the GHA workflow will fail.
This file should start with some GHA metadata to dictate when and how the workflow should run:
# .github/workflows/tests.yml
name: Test
on:
push:
branches:
- main
- master
- development
This will run the workflow on each commit to the master or main branch. Next, specify a workflow job to execute:
jobs:
tests:
name: Tests
runs-on: ubuntu-latest
steps:
- # All job steps go here
Under the jobs.tests.steps is where we will place each sequential testing step. First, we need to check out the repository code and install Java and CommandBox:
- name: Checkout Repository
uses: actions/[email protected]
with:
fetch-depth: 0
- name: Setup Java
uses: actions/[email protected]
with:
distribution: "adopt"
java-version: "11"
- name: Setup CommandBox
uses: Ortus-Solutions/[email protected]
If we need to install dependencies, we would do that now:
- name: Install dependencies
run: box install
And finally, we can start a CFML server of our choice using CommandBox, before using the testbox run command to run our test suite:
- name: Start server
run: box server start [email protected] --noSaveSettings
- name: Run TestBox Tests
run: box testbox run
If you are using a testing matrix to test against multiple CFML engines, replace [email protected] with ${{ matrix.cfengine }}. See an example here
The full example would look something like this:
# .github/workflows/tests.yml
name: Test
on:
push:
branches:
- main
- master
- development
jobs:
tests:
name: Tests
runs-on: ubuntu-latest
steps:
- name: Checkout Repository
uses: actions/[email protected]
with:
fetch-depth: 0
- name: Setup Java
uses: actions/[email protected]
with:
distribution: "adopt"
java-version: "11"
- name: Setup CommandBox
uses: Ortus-Solutions/[email protected]
- name: Install dependencies
run: box install
- name: Start server
run: box server start [email protected] --noSaveSettings
- name: Run TestBox Tests
run: box testbox run

Box.json

In order for the box testbox run to execute correctly, our box.json in our project must be able to connect to our server and know which tests to execute. Here's a basic example showing the most important testbox property: the testbox.runner property:
{
"name" : "Package Name",
// ForgeBox unique slug
"slug" : "",
// semantic version of your package
"version" : "1.0.0+buildID",
// author of this package
"author" : "Luis Majano <[email protected]>",
// location of where to download the package, overrides ForgeBox location
"location" : "URL,Git/svn endpoint,etc",
// testbox integration
testbox :{
// The location of the runner
runner : [
{ "default": "http://localhost:8080/tests/runner.cfm" }
]
}
}
We can also skip setting the testbox.runner property and use the box testbox run "http://localhost:8080/tests/runner.cfm" command format instead. Just be aware that the TestBox integration offers a ton of configuration in case you need to skip certain tests, etc. from your GitHub Actions test run.
See the CommandBox docs for box.json for more details.

Online Example

CBORM is an ORM utility wrapper for ColdBox that takes the pain out of using ORM in CFML. CBORM uses GitHub Actions to test all new commits, to package up new module versions, and even to format all CFML code for every new PR.