Running End-to-End Tests

cert-manager has an end-to-end test suite that verifies functionality against a real Kubernetes cluster.

This test takes around 30 minutes, it will be run on every PR in our cluster.

Note: you can see the status of each commit on the master branch at testgrid.k8s.io. You can join the Google group cert-manager-dev-alerts in order to receive a notification by email whenever a commit on master fails.

It is only advised to run this locally when you made big changes to the codebase. This document explains how you can run the end-to-end tests yourself.

Requirements

Currently, a number of tools must be installed on your machine in order to run the tests:

  • bazel: As with all other development, Bazel is required to actually build the project as well as end-to-end test framework. Bazel will also retrieve appropriate versions of any other dependencies depending on what ‘target’ you choose to run.

  • docker: We provision a whole Kubernetes cluster within Docker, and so an up to date version of Docker must be installed. The oldest Docker version we have tested is 17.09.

  • kubectl: If you are running the tests on Linux, this step is technically not required. For non-Linux hosts (i.e. macOS), you will need to ensure you have a relatively new version of kubectl available on your PATH.

  • kind: We use kind to provision a Kubernetes cluster.

Bazel, Docker and kubectl should be installed through your preferred means.

Set up End-to-End Tests

You need to have a Kind cluster running, if you don’t have one set up you can set one up using:

export K8S_VERSION=1.19 # optional: this allows you to test different Kubernetes versions
$ ./devel/cluster/create.sh

Once you have one set up you need to install all dependencies (including cert-manager) in the cluster using:

$ ./devel/setup-e2e-deps.sh

TIP: if you only need to update one dependency you can run ./devel/addon/<name>/install.sh

Run End-to-End Tests

You can run the end-to-end tests by executing the following:

$ ./devel/run-e2e.sh

The full suite may take up to 30 minutes to run. You can monitor output of this command to track progress.

Note: If you did not use create.sh to create the cluster you will notice that ACME HTTP01 end-to-end tests will fail, as they require the ‘service CIDR’ to be set to 10.0.0.0/16 as the ingress controller is deployed with the fixed IP 10.0.0.15 to allow Pebble to access it on a predictable address for end-to-end tests as our test DNS name certmanager.kubernetes.network points to 10.0.0.15.

You can also run a specific part of the test using --ginkgo.focus

$ ./devel/run-e2e.sh --ginkgo.focus "<text regex>"

More info on how to use this can be found in the Ginkgo documentation

End-to-End Test Structure

The end-to-end tests consist of 2 big parts: the issuer specific tests and the conformance suite. These tests use the Ginkgo library to run tests.

Conformance suite

RBAC

This suite tests all RBAC permissions granted to cert-manager on the cluster to check that it is able to operate correctly.

Certificates

This suite tests certificate functionality against all issuers.

Feature sets

This exists to only test a certain feature (e.g. Email SAN) against issuers that support this feature. Each test specifies a used feature using s.checkFeatures(feature), this is then checked against the issuer’s UnsupportedFeatures list to check if it can be ran against the issuer.

Last modified January 1, 0001