JIRA Func Test Basics

This plugin was created to make it easier to write integration tests that are compiled and run against different versions of JIRA. We use it internally with JIRA Importers Plugin, JIRA Issue Collector Plugin, JIRA Remote Copy Plugin and many more. Now you can use it too!

Using JIRA Func Test Basics

Func Test Basics combined with TestKit gives you a new way to run your tests. The biggest advantage is that they are proven to work across different JIRA versions. You can use the same Func Test Basics to run tests against 5.0.2, 5.1, 5.2, and 6.0.

How to start

Edit you pom.xml and add following (rest.version set to 2.7.1):


How to write tests

Using Rules without extending TestBase

Here's an example of an integration test using three JIRA instances at once. It will execute tests in the browser using Atlassian Selenium.

TestedProductFactory comes from JIRA PageObjects, it offers API to drive the browser and access JIRA pages. Beware most of the pages change from version to version. So if your product heavily integrates with JIRA you may need to write your own versions. We use it mostly to log in the user during tests, then we use our own PageObjects to test the plugin.

Backdoor is TestKit backdoor that allows you to setup JIRA for tests (create users, issues, groups, workflows, etc.).

Here's couple of rules we use to setup test environment:

  • EmptySystemDashboardRule - when you log in the user with PageObjects it will be redirected to Dashboard. We empty the Dashboard first so it loads instantly (no need to wait for rendering gadgets)
  • SessionCleanupRule - this rule deletes session cookie after each test case, so you end up with a fresh session
  • MaximizeWindow - makes Selenium browser full size so everything fits on screen and Selenium doesn't have to scroll the page which sometimes is flaky
  • WebSudoRule - disable WebSudo to speed up tests (use it if you're testing Administration pages)
  • WebDriverScreenshot - produces screenshot after each failed test
  • DrityWarningTerminatorRule - JIRA doesn't allow you to leave a dirty form, which is fine for the user, but we don't want that during integration tests
public abstract class AbstractCopyIssueTest
    static JiraTestedProduct jira1 = TestedProductFactory.create(JiraTestedProduct.class, new DefaultProductInstance("http://localhost:2990/jira", "jira1", 2990, "/jira"), null);
    static JiraTestedProduct jira2 = TestedProductFactory.create(JiraTestedProduct.class, new DefaultProductInstance("http://localhost:2991/jira", "jira2", 2991, "/jira"), null);
    static JiraTestedProduct jira3 = TestedProductFactory.create(JiraTestedProduct.class, new DefaultProductInstance("http://localhost:2992/jira", "jira3", 2992, "/jira"), null);

    static Backdoor testkit1 = getBackdoor(jira1);
    static Backdoor testkit2 = getBackdoor(jira2);
    static Backdoor testkit3 = getBackdoor(jira3);

    public static EmptySystemDashboardRule emptySystemDashboardRule = new EmptySystemDashboardRule(testkit1, testkit2, testkit3);

    public static SessionCleanupRule sessionCleanupRule = new SessionCleanupRule();
    public static MaximizeWindow maximizeWindow = new MaximizeWindow();
    public WebSudoRule webSudoRule = new WebSudoRule(testkit1, testkit2, testkit3);
    public static WebDriverScreenshot webDriverScreenshot = new WebDriverScreenshot();
    public static DirtyWarningTerminatorRule dirtyWarningTerminatorRule = new DirtyWarningTerminatorRule();

    public static Backdoor getBackdoor(JiraTestedProduct jira) {
        final TestKitLocalEnvironmentData testKitLocalEnvironmentData = getTestKitLocalEnvironmentData(jira);
        return new Backdoor(testKitLocalEnvironmentData);

    private static TestKitLocalEnvironmentData getTestKitLocalEnvironmentData(JiraTestedProduct jira) {
        Properties props = new Properties();
        props.put("jira.port", Integer.toString(jira.getProductInstance().getHttpPort()));
        props.put("jira.context", jira.getProductInstance().getContextPath());
        props.put("jira.host", URI.create(jira.getProductInstance().getBaseUrl()).getHost());
        props.put("jira.xml.data.location", ".");
        return new TestKitLocalEnvironmentData(props, null);

Using TestBase

You can also use TestBase as a base for your tests and have all goodies turned on by default. This was our first attempt on replacing BaseJiraWebTest class which our tests used previously. When we decided to support multiple JIRA versions it was the simplest way to replace BaseJiraWebTest but now we believe you should use composition instead of inheritance to create your tests. So please check the sample above. TestBase looks following:

public abstract class TestBase {
    public MaximizeWindow maximizeWindow = new MaximizeWindow(jira());

    public WebDriverScreenshot $screenshot = new WebDriverScreenshot(jira());

    public DirtyWarningTerminatorRule dirtyWarning = new DirtyWarningTerminatorRule(jira());

    public static FuncTestHelper funcTestHelper = new FuncTestHelper();

    public static JiraTestedProductHelper productHelper = new JiraTestedProductHelper();

    protected static JiraTestedProduct jira() {
        return productHelper.jira();

    protected static PageBinder pageBinder() {
        return jira().getPageBinder();

    protected static Backdoor backdoor() {
        return funcTestHelper.backdoor;

As you can see it gives you most of the rules. There's also an additional funcTestHelper object that gives you all objects known from FuncTestCase like administration, navigation, etc.

You should not use them. Instead use TestKit and PageObjects. It's mean to simplify moving legacy tests to the new infrastructure.

How to prepare your own PageObjects

There's a nice tutorial on writing PageObjects for your own pages. Please read it and if you have any questions please raise questions on Answers.

Contributing your changes to Func Test Basics

This is an Open Source library and your welcome to contribute. Please fork the repository, do your modifications and raise a pull request. Then your changes will be incorporated. If you're a customer that's all you need to do because Atlassian End User Agreement (section 7) covers contributions already.