Getting Started with Test Automation

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Two kind of approaches is supported by Apache OpenOffice.

  • GUI Testing: Simulating a common user to perform testing. It depends on a Java library named VCLAuto, which does testing like the old VCLTesttool. It can easily integrates with JUnit. VCLAuto provides APIs to generate user interface events such as keystrokes and mouse clicks, do GUI actions and get information from the GUI to validate functions.
  • UNO API Testing: Use UNO API to verify functions.


TCP/IP will be used during testing. It may lead your firewall to show some warning messages.

Getting the source code

Anyone can checkout source code from our Subversion repository. Run the following command.

svn co test

If you are not familiar with Subversion, see our Subversion Basics for more information.

Getting started with Eclipse


Setup project

Step 1. Open Eclipse, click menu "File->Import...", and then select "General->Existing Projects into Workspace".
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Step 2. Click next, set "Select root directory" to the source code directory, and then check the following projects.

testcommon: The project includes the common test utilities and low-level implementation to do GUI testing
testgui:  The project includes the GUI testing scripts. 
testuno:  The project includes the UNO API testing scripts.

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Step 3. Click "Finish" to import the projects.

Step 4. Click menu "Window->Preferences" ("Eclipse->Preferences" on Mac) and then select "Java->Build Path->Classpath Variables" page.
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Click "New" to create one new variable "openoffice.home", and set its value to Apache OpenOffice installation directory.
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Template:Documentation/Note Click "OK" to close "New Variable Entry"dialog. Then click "OK" button of preferences dialog. A message box pops up. Click "Yes".
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Run testing

Step 1. Select one test class. e.g. testcase.gui.AOOTest, and then click "Run" on the toolbar to start testing.
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When testing is finished, JUnit view will show the result.
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You also can select one package, click "Run", and then choose "JUnit test" to run all test classes under it.

Getting started with command line


Run testing

How do I run testing on OpenOffice?
Run the following command under test module.

ant -Dtest.classes="Test class list" -Dopenoffice.home="OpenOffice installation directory"

e.g. Run testcase.gui.AOOTest and testcase.gui.SmokeTest against OpenOffice installed in "/Applications/"

ant -Dtest.classes="testcase/gui/AOOTest.class,testcase/gui/SmokeTest.class" -Dopenoffice.home="/Applications/"

e.g. Run all test classes under package

ant -Dtest.classes="testcase/gui/sc/**/*.class" -Dopenoffice.home="/Applications/"

If test.classes is not specified, BVT will be executed. e.g.

ant -Dopenoffice.home="/Applications/"

As a developer, how do I run testing against my own build?
It's easy for developers to run testing after building OpenOffice. One thing you need to do is to make sure you run the commands in the build environment. The script will automatically install your build and then start testing. e.g.

cd test && ant

Where to get the testing result?

By default, the testing output is stored in "test/testspace/output". Open "test/testspace/output/report/index.html" in your browser to see the testing report.
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There are several directories to store special stuff.

report/: Test result in HTML. 
result/: Test result in XML.
screenshot/: Screenshot pictures when test assert is failed.
logs/: The detail log.


Now, all things have been ready for developing new test code. If you are interested, please read GUI Testing Development and UNO API Testing Development to get more information.

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