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minitest-handler (30) Versions 1.1.4

Installs and configures minitest-chef-handler

cookbook 'minitest-handler', '= 1.1.4', :supermarket
cookbook 'minitest-handler', '= 1.1.4'
knife supermarket install minitest-handler
knife supermarket download minitest-handler
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License: Apache 2.0 <br />
Copyright: 2012 Opscode, Inc.<br/>
Author: Bryan McLellan<br/>
Author: Bryan W. Berry<br/>


This cookbook utilizes the minitest-chef-handler project to facilitate
cookbook testing. By default, minitest-handler will collect all the
tests in your cookbook_path and run them.

minitest-chef-handler project:<br/>
stable minitest-handler cookbook:<br/>
minitest-handler cookbook development:<br/>

Note: Version 0.1.8 deprecated use of
files/default/tests/minitest/*_test.rb and the location of support
files. Test files should now be located in

Note: Version 0.1.0 added a change that breaks backward compatibility. The minitest-handler now only loads<br/>
test files named "<recipe-name>_test.rb" rather than all test files in the path files/default/test/*_test.rb

If you have any helper libraries, they should match files/default/test/*helper*.rb


  • node[:minitest][:gem_version] - The version of the minitest gem to install and use.
    • Default: 3.0.1
  • node[:minitest][:chef_handler_gem_version] - The version of the minitest-chef-handler gem to install and use.
    • Default: 1.0.1
  • node[:minitest][:path] - Location to store and find test files.
    • Default: /var/chef/minitest
  • node[:minitest][:recipes] - The names of all recipes included during the chef run, whether by insertion to the run_list, inclusion through a role, or added with include_recipe. If you only want tests for select recipes to run, override this value with the names of the recipes that you want tested.
    • Default: []
  • node[:minitest][:filter] - Filter test names on a pattern (regex)
    • Default: nil
    • Example: /apache2/ could be used to only run tests for recipes with starting with apache2
  • node[:minitest][:seed] - Set random seed
    • Default: nil
  • node[:minitest][:ci_reports] - Path to write out the result of each test in a JUnit-compatible XML file, parseable by many CI platforms
    • Default: nil
  • node[:minitest][:tests] - Test files to run.
    • Default to **/*_test.rb
  • node[:minitest][:verbose] - Display verbose output
    • Default: true


  • Add recipe[minitest-handler] somewhere on your run_list, preferably last
  • Place tests in files/default/test/ with the name your-recipe-name_test.rb (default recipe is named default_test.rb)
  • Put any helper functions you have in files/default/test/spec_helper.rb but minitest-handler will ensure that you have access to any file that matches the glob files/test/*helper.rb



Traditional minitest

class TestApache2 < MiniTest::Chef::TestCase
  def test_that_the_package_installed
    case node[:platform]
    when "ubuntu","debian"
      assert system('apt-cache policy apache2 | grep Installed | grep -v none')

  def test_that_the_service_is_running
    assert system('/etc/init.d/apache2 status')

  def test_that_the_service_is_enabled
    assert File.exists?(Dir.glob("/etc/rc5.d/S*apache2").first)

Using minitest/spec

require 'minitest/spec'

describe_recipe 'ark::test' do

  it "installed the unzip package" do

  it "dumps the correct files into place with correct owner and group" do
    file("/usr/local/foo_dump/foo1.txt").must_have(:owner, "foobarbaz").and(:group, "foobarbaz")


For more detailed examples, see here

Testing this cookbook

This cookbook currently uses test-kitchen
along with the kitchen-vagrant.

All test are currently written using BATS,
which is essentially bash. Using BATS was done so that minitest-handler nor
minitest-chef-handler were used to test itself. For more examples of bats than
are in this cookbook, see the chef-rvm,
chef-ruby_build, and
chef-rbenv cookbooks.

NOTE A known limitation of using BATS is that the cookbook is not currently
tested on Windows machines. See
for more of the background on this.


This cookbook uses an 'even number' release strategy. The version number in master
will always be an odd number indicating development, and an even number will
be used when an official build is released.

Come release time here is the checklist:
* Ensure the metadata.rb reflects the proper even numbered release
* Ensure there is a dated change log entry in
* Commit all the changes
* Ensure a git tag has applied in the format of v#.#.# (git tag -a v#.#.# -m 'v#.#.#')
* Commit and push including tags (git push upstream master --tags)
* Share the cookbook to the community site
knife cookbook site share minitest-handler Utilities -o ../
* Bump the version in metadata.rb to the next patch level odd number


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