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Simple container for testing QGIS Desktop and for executing unit tests inside a real QGIS instance
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This is a simple container for testing QGIS Desktop and for
executing unit tests inside a real QGIS instance.


The docker file builds QGIS from a specified git repo and branch and
sets up a testing environment and to run tests inside QGIS.

You can use this docker to test QGIS or to run unit tests inside QGIS,
xvfb is available and running as a service inside the container to allow
for fully automated headless testing in Travis CI jobs.


You can build the image with:

$ docker build -t qgis-testing-environment \
    --build-arg QGIS_REPOSITORY='' \
    --build-arg QGIS_BRANCH='master'

Optional APT CATCHER support can be activated by uncommenting a few lines in the
docker file (see the comments in Dockerfile).

Running QGIS

To run a container, assuming that you want to use your current display to use
QGIS and the image is named qgis-testing-environment:

# Allow connections from any host
$ xhost +
$ docker run --rm  -it --name qgis-testing-environment -v /tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix  \
    -e DISPLAY=unix$DISPLAY qgis-testing-environment qgis

Running unit tests inside QGIS

Suppose that you have local directory containing the tests to execute into


To run the tests inside the container, you have to mount the directory that
contains the tests (e.g. your local directory /my_tests) into a volume
that is accessible by the container.

$ docker run -d --name qgis-testing-environment -v /tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix \
    -v /my_tests/:/tests_directory -e DISPLAY=:99 qgis-testing-environment

When done, you can invoke the test runnner (output follows, the failure is

$ docker exec -it qgis-testing-environment sh -c " travis_tests.test_TravisTest.run_fail"
QGIS Test Runner - Trying to import travis_tests.test_TravisTest
QGIS Test Runner - launching QGIS as qgis --nologo --noversioncheck --code /usr/bin/ travis_tests.test_TravisTest ...
QGIS Test Runner - QGIS exited with returncode: 143
Warning: QCss::Parser - Failed to load file  "/style.qss"
QInotifyFileSystemWatcherEngine::addPaths: inotify_add_watch failed: No such file or directory
Warning: QFileSystemWatcher: failed to add paths: /root/.qgis2//project_templates
QGIS Test Runner Inside - starting the tests ...
QGIS Test Runner - Trying to import travis_tests.test_TravisTest
test_QGIS_is_available (travis_tests.test_TravisTest.TravisTestsTests)
Test QGIS bindings can be imported ... ok
test_funca (travis_tests.test_TravisTest.TravisTestsTests)
Test funcA function ... ok
test_funcb (travis_tests.test_TravisTest.TravisTestsTests)
Test funcB function ... ok
test_funcb_fails (travis_tests.test_TravisTest.TravisTestsTests)
Test funcB function fails ... FAIL

FAIL: test_funcb_fails (travis_tests.test_TravisTest.TravisTestsTests)
Test funcB function fails
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/tests_directory/travis_tests/", line 33, in test_funcb_fails
    self.assertEqual(c.funcB(), '')
AssertionError: 'B' != ''

Ran 4 tests in 0.001s

FAILED (failures=1)

Options for the test runner

The env var QGIS_EXTRA_OPTIONS defaults to an empty string and can
contains extra parameters that are passed to QGIS by the test runner.

Implementation notes

The main goal of this image was to execute unit tests inside a real instance
of QGIS (not a mocked one).

The QGIS tests should be runnable from a Travis CI job.

The implementation is:

  • run the docker, mounting as volumes the unit tests folder in /tests_directory
    (or the QGIS plugin folder if the unit tests belong to a plugin and the
    plugin is needed to run the tests)
  • execute MyPluginName script in docker that sets up QGIS to
    avoid blocking modal dialogs and installs the plugin into QGIS if needed
    • create config and python plugin folders for QGIS
    • disable tooltips in the QGIS2.conf file
    • enable the plugin in the QGIS2.conf file
    • install the script to disable python exception modal dialogs
  • execute the tests by running MyPluginName.tests.tests_MyTestModule.run_my_tests_function
  • the output of the tests is captured by the script and
    searched for FAILED (that is in the standard unit tests output), if
    that string is present in the output, the script exists with 1 else
    it exits with 0. accepts a dotted notation path to the test module that
can end with the function that has to be called inside the module to run the
tests. The last part (.run_my_tests_function) can be omitted and defaults to

Running in Travis

This is a simple use case for running unit tests of a small QGIS plugin:

    - docker
    # Build this docker:
    # - cd qgis-testing-environment && docker build -t qgis-testing-environment .
    # or just pull it:
    - docker pull elpaso/qgis-testing-environment:latest
    - docker run -d --name qgis-testing-environment -v ${TRAVIS_BUILD_DIR}:/tests_directory -e DISPLAY=:99 qgis-testing-environment
    - sleep 10
    # Setup qgis and enable the plugin
    - docker exec -it qgis-testing-environment sh -c " QuickWKT"
    # If needd additional steps (for example make or paver setup, place it here)
    # Link the plugin to the tests_directory
    - docker exec -it qgis-testing-environment sh -c "ln -s /tests_directory /root/.qgis2/python/plugins/QuickWKT"

    - docker exec -it qgis-testing-environment sh -c " QuickWKT.tests.test_Plugin"
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Comments (1)
7 months ago

Hi, How would you run the container on a Windows host? The command stays the same?