How to run Rest API Tests in GitLab CI/CD


This tutorial explains the process to run the Rest API Tests in GitLab pipeline. This is a significant step towards achieving CI/CD. Ideally, the tests need to run after any change (minor/major) before merging the change to master branch. Suppose there are 100 changes in a day, and any QA won’t want to start the tests manually 100 times in a day. So, now adding tests to GitLab pipeline comes to the picture. We can add a test stage to the pipeline and the tests will run automatically when the pipeline run, or we can schedule the tests to run automatically every hour or day using GitLab pipeline.


  1. Rest Assured – 4.3.3
  2. Java 11
  3. Maven / Gradle
  4. TestNG /JUnit
  5. GitLab account

To use GitLab CI/CD, we need to keep 2 things in mind:-

a) Make sure a runner is available in GitLab to run the jobs. If there is no runner, install GitLab Runner and register a runner for your instance, project, or group.

b) Create a .gitlab-ci.yml file at the root of the repository. This file is where you define your CI/CD jobs.

Step 1 – Create a new Maven Project

Step 2 – Add the below mentioned pom.xml that shows all the dependencies need to add to the project

      <!-- -->
      <!-- -->
      <!-- -->
         <!-- Compiler plug-in -->
               <!--For JAVA 8 use 1.8-->
               <!--For JAVA 8 use 1.8-->
         <!-- Added Surefire Plugin configuration to execute tests -->

It is needed to add maven-surefire plugin to run the TestNG tests through command line. To know more about this, please refer to this tutorial.

Step 3 – Create the Test Code to test the Rest API

Here, 2 tests are created. One of the tests get all the employee data (GET) whereas another test creates an employee (POST).

import static io.restassured.RestAssured.given;
import static org.hamcrest.Matchers.equalTo;

import org.json.JSONObject;
import org.testng.annotations.Test;

import io.restassured.http.ContentType;

public class RestAPIDemo {

	@Test(description = "To get the details of employee with id 2", priority = 0)
	public void verifyUser() {

		// Given
				// When
				// Then
				.then().statusCode(200).statusLine("HTTP/1.1 200 OK")
				// To verify booking id at index 3
				.body("data.employee_name", equalTo("Garrett Winters"))
				.body("message", equalTo("Successfully! Record has been fetched."));

	@Test(description = "To create a new employee", priority = 1)
	public void createUser() {

		JSONObject data = new JSONObject();

		// Map<String, String> map = new HashMap<String, String>();

		data.put("employee_name", "APITest");
		data.put("employee_salary", "99999");
		data.put("employee_age", "30");

		// GIVEN

				// WHEN

				// THEN
				.then().statusCode(200).body("data.employee_name", equalTo("APITest"))
				.body("message", equalTo("Successfully! Record has been added."));


Step 4 – Create testng.xml to run the tests through TestNG

Now, let’s create a testng.xml to run the TestNG tests. If JUnit is used instead of TestNG, then this step is not needed.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE suite SYSTEM "">
<suite name="Suite">
  <test name="Test">
      <class name="com.example.RestAssured_TestNG_Demo.RestAPIDemo"/>
  </test> <!-- Test -->
</suite> <!-- Suite -->

Step 5 – Run the tests through command line

Now, let us execute the tests through command line. Go to the place where pom.xml of the project is placed and use the below command to run the tests. This step makes sure that all the test are running as expected.

GitLab Section

Step 6 – Create a blank project in GitLab

Refer to this tutorial to create a new blank project – How to create a new project in GitLab

Step 7 – Push the project from the local repository to GitLab Repository

Refer to this tutorial to push the changes – How to push new local GIT Repository to GitLab

Step 8 – Create .gitlab-ci.yml file in the project in GitLab

It is a YAML file where you configure specific instructions for GitLab CI/CD. In the .gitlab-ci.yml, we can define:

  • The scripts you want to run.
  • Other configuration files and templates you want to include.
  • Dependencies and caches.
  • The commands you want to run in sequence and those you want to run in parallel.
  • The location to deploy your application.
  • Whether you want to run the scripts automatically or trigger any of them manually.
image: adoptopenjdk/maven-openjdk11

  - test

  MAVEN_OPTS: "-Dmaven.repo.local=.m2/repository"

  stage: test
  allow_failure: true

# Run the tests
    - mvn $MAVEN_OPTS clean package
    - mvn compile test

# Store artifacts
    when: always
    name: "report"
    - target/surefire-reports/*
    expire_in: 1 h

Step 9 – Run the tests in the GitLab pipeline

Now, when a new change is committed, a pipeline kicks off and it runs all the tests.

Step 10 – Check the status of the pipeline

Once the Status of the pipeline changes to either failed or passed.. that means the tests are already executed. Here, the pipeline is passed with brown color means that the execution of the test is completed with some failures.

I have added an artifact in the gitalb-ci.yml with the name “report”. This artifact creates a folder with the name “report” and the reports in this folder come from the path /target/surefire-reports. This artifact gives us an option to download the reports or browse the report. This report will be available for 1 hour only as mentioned in the gitlab-ci.yml.

Step 11 – Download the report

Click on the Download button and the report zip file is downloaded. Unzip the folder, and it contains all different types of surefire-reports.

Example of Emailable-Report.html

Example of Index.html

Congratulations. This tutorial has explain the steps to run Selenium tests in GitLab CI/CD. Happy Learning!!

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