Test Components (Components v1)


Note: If looking for a guide to write v2 test component refer Fuchsia Test Runner Framework.

Create a test component



executable("my_test") {
  sources = [ "my_test.cc" ]
  testonly = true
  deps = [

fuchsia_component("my-test-component") {
  testonly = true
  manifest = "meta/my_test.cmx"
  deps = [ ":my_test" ]

fuchsia_test_package("my-test-package") {
  test_components = [ ":my-test-component" ]

group("tests") {
  deps = [ ":my-integration-test" ]
  testonly = true

See also: test packages


    "program": {
        "binary": "bin/my_test"
    "sandbox": {
        "services": [...]

Running the tests

To run a Fuchsia test out of your build, execute:

For more information, see Run Fuchsia tests.

Isolated Storage

  • By default, the test component is launched in a new hermetic environment.
  • The generated environment name is of form test_env_XXXXX, where XXXXX is a randomly generated number.
  • Each test component receives a new isolated storage directory.
  • The directory is deleted after the text exits, regardless of the test's outcome.

Keep storage for debugging

If you need to keep test storage for debugging after the test ends, use run-test-component in the Fuchsia shell and pass --realm-label flag.

The --realm-label flag defines the label for an environment that your test runs in. When the test ends, the storage won‘t be deleted automatically - it’ll be accessible at a path under /data. Assuming you:

  • gave your test component (in package mypackage with component manifest myurl.cmx) access to the “isolated-persistent-storage” feature
  • passed --realm-label=foo to run-test-component
  • wrote to the file /data/bar from the test binary
  • can connect to the device via fx shell

You should see the written file under the path /data/r/sys/r/<REALM>/fuchsia.com:<PACKAGE>:0#meta:<CMX>/<FILE>, e.g. /data/r/sys/r/foo/fuchsia.com:mypackage:0#meta:myurl.cmx/bar

Assuming you can connect to the device via ssh, you can get the data off the device with the in-tree utility fx scp.

When you're done exploring the contents of the directory, you may want to delete it to free up space or prevent it from interfering with the results of future tests.

Ambient Services

All test components are started in a new hermetic environment. By default, this environment only contains a few basic services (ambient):


Tests can use these services by mentioning them in their sandbox > services.

Logger Service

Tests and the components launched in a hermetic environment will have access to system's fuchsia.logger.LogSink service if it is included in their sandbox. For tests to inject Logger, the tests must use injected-services (see below). Then, the injected Logger service takes precedence.

Restricting log severity

Tests may be configured to fail when the component's test environment produces high severity logs. This is useful, for instance, when such logs are unexpected, as they indicate an error.

A test might expect to log at ERROR severity. For example, the test might be covering a failure condition & recovery steps. Other tests might expect not to log anything more severe than INFO. The common case and default behavior is for errors above WARN level to be considered failures, but there are configuration options to override it.

For instance, to allow a test to produce ERROR logs:

  • {Using fuchsia_test_package}
fuchsia_component("my-package") {
  testonly = true
  manifest = "meta/my-test.cmx"
  deps = [ ":my_test" ]

fuchsia_test_package("my-package") {
  test_specs = {
      log_settings = {
        max_severity = "ERROR"
  test_components = [ ":my-test" ]
  • {Using test_package}
test_package("my-package") {
  deps = [

  meta = []
      path = rebase_path("meta/my-test.cmx")
      dest = "my-test.cmx"

  tests = [
      log_settings = {
        max_severity = "ERROR"
      name = "my_test"
      environments = basic_envs

To make the test fail on any message more severe than INFO set max_severity to “INFO”.

Valid values for max_severity: TRACE, DEBUG, INFO, WARN, ERROR, FATAL.

If your test was already configured using legacy methods you will need to remove your test from the config file (eg. max_severity_fuchsia.json) and run fx ota.

If the test is not removed from the legacy list, the configuration in legacy list would be preferred and you will see a warning when running the test.

Running the test

When running the test on development device, prefer fx test to run the test. The tool will automatically pick the configuration and pass it to run-test-component. If for some reason you need to use run-test-component, you need to pass the flag yourself.

fx shell run-test-component --max-log-severity=ERROR <test_url>

Run external services

If your test needs to use (i.e. its sandbox includes) any services other than the ambient and logger services above, you must perform either, both or none:

  • Inject the services by starting other components that provide those services in the hermetic test environment
  • Request non-hermetic system services be included in the test environment, when a service cannot be faked or mocked, see Other system services.

To inject additional services, you can add a injected-services clause to the manifest file's facets:

"facets": {
  "fuchsia.test": {
    "injected-services": {
        "service_name1": "component_url1",
        "service_name2": "component_url2"

fx test will start component_url1 and component_url2 and the test will have access to service_name1 and service_name2. Note that this makes the injected services available in the test environment, but the test component still needs to “use” them by including the service in its sandbox > services.

Other system services

There are some services that cannot be faked or mocked. You can connect to real system versions of these services by mentioning these services in system-services. Services that cannot be faked are listed here.

Test can only list allowlisted system services under "system-services" as demonstrated above.