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 Ethereum DevOps with Truffle, TestRPC & Visual Studio Team Services

This post was originally published by David Burela on his blog Burela's House-o-blog. Big thanks to David for allowing us publish it here!


I have been working on automating the compilation and testing of Ethereum solidity contracts, via the use of Truffle. I’ve got the test results being published back into the portal, allowing me to see on each commit if my code still compiles and passes my tests.

I’m assuming you already have a Truffle project locally that you want to automate the continuous builds & testing on. Follow the tutorial on installing Truffle & TestRPC on Windows.

My final system will allow you to run “truffle test” locally to see standard test output, but will modify the test runner on the server to output it as JUnit format.

 The Build system

The system uses the Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) build engine to automate this. You can sign up for free, and get unlimited private Git repos.

You can have the code hosted on any Git provider. So either within VSTS itself, or GitHub, BitBucket, etc.

 Prepare truffle.js

A pre-step is to define the test section in the truffle.js file

mocha: {  
  reporter: “spec”,  
  reporterOptions: {  
    mochaFile: ‘junitresults.xml’  
  }  
}

 Create a build agent

VSTS does provide hosted build agents, which are generic and can build standard .Net projects, Xamarin, etc. But because we are going to use npm packages installed globally on the box to handle the Truffle builds

$ choco install git -y
$ choco install nodejs.install –y
  • Install npm packages (make sure you open a new PowerShell window so that node is in your path)
$ npm install -g npm
$ npm install -g –production windows-build-tools
$ npm install -g ethereumjs-testrpc
$ npm install -g truffle
$ npm install -g mocha
$ npm install -g mocha-junit-reporter
  • Restart the build agent so that all new paths are working

 Configure VSTS build

Create a new variable with the path to where the npm global path is, for the user you installed the npm packages on above:

  • variable name: npm.path
  • variable value: path to npm packages e.g. C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\npm

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 Add 7 PowerShell tasks, and configure them like this

  • Name: System version information
  • Script:
#Setting environment paths  
$ENV:Path = $ENV:Path + “;” + $env:npm_path  
npm config set prefix $env:npm_path    #only needs to be set once, will update for user  

#DEBUG  
#$env:path  
#npm list -g –depth=0  
#Display system information  
Write-Host “System version information”  
Write-Host -nonewline    “node version: ” ; node -v  
Write-Host -nonewline    “npm version: “; npm -v  
Write-Host -nonewline    “npm prefix: “;  npm prefix -g  
Write-Host -nonewline    “truffle: ” ;    truffle version

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  • Name: Config transform & test clean
  • Script:
# remove old test results  
rm .\junitresults.xml -ea SilentlyContinue 

# Modify the Truffle test runner to use the JUnit reporter  
Rename-Item .\truffle.js .\truffle_temp.js  
cat .\truffle_temp.js | % { $_ -replace ‘reporter: “spec”‘, ‘reporter: “mocha-junit-reporter”‘ } | Out-File -Encoding ASCII .\truffle.js  
rm .\truffle_temp.js

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  • Name: Truffle build
  • Script:
#Setting environment paths  
$ENV:Path = $ENV:Path + “;” + $env:npm_path

#Truffle build  
truffle compile

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  • Name: Launch TestRPC
  • Script:
#Setting environment paths  
$ENV:Path = $ENV:Path + “;” + $env:npm_path

# launch the process  
echo “launching TestRPC”  
$testrpcProcess = Start-Process testrpc -passthru  

# persist the PID to disk and display in logs  
$testrpcProcess.Id | Export-CliXml testrpcPID.xml  
cat testrpcPID.xml
  • Name: Run Truffle tests
  • Script:
#Setting environment paths  
$ENV:Path = $ENV:Path + “;” + $env:npm_path

# Run the tests  
truffle test

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  • Name: Shutdown TestRPC
  • Other Settings: Enable “Always Run” (to make sure it is shutdown if there is an error)
  • Script:
#Setting environment paths  
$ENV:Path = $ENV:Path + “;” + $env:npm_path

# retrieve the PID and kill the entire processs tree  
cat testrpcPID.xml  
$testrpcPID = Import-CliXml testrpcPID.xml  
taskkill /pid $testrpcPID /F /T

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  • Add a new Publish test result
  • Test Result Format: JUnit
  • Test Result Files: junitresults.xml image

 Future work

Things that I would like to add in the future:

  • Figure out how to automate this on a Linux build agent (VSTS supports both Windows & Linux based build agents)
  • Automate Release Management to run truffle migrate to push to a Bletchley test environment