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# Introduction to the Fuchsia Testing Framework
This document introduces the Fuchsia Test Runner Framework along with
fundamental concepts and terminology around testing in Fuchsia.
Note: The Fuchsia Test Runner Framework is only supported from
[Components v2][glossary-components-v2]. All component-related concepts
discussed herein refer to Components v2 unless otherwise noted.
## Tests as components {#tests-as-components}
Like any other Fuchsia program, a Fuchsia test is a
[component][glossary-component]. Like all components, a Fuchsia test component
may be viewed as a [realm][realms], or tree of components, also called a *test
realm*. The component at the root of the test realm is known as the *test root*.
For a component to be a test, it must implement and [expose][manifests-expose]
the [`fuchsia.test.Suite`](#test-suite-protocol) protocol.
Components in the test realm may play various roles, as defined in
[test roles](#test-roles).
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## The test suite protocol {#test-suite-protocol}
The test suite protocol, [`fuchsia.test.Suite`][fidl-test-suite], is the
protocol implemented by a test that the test manager uses to run tests and
obtain information about them. Most commonly, the test code itself (i.e., the
[test driver](#test-roles)) is written using a language-specific test library,
and the protocol is implemented by a [test runner](#test-runner) on the test's
## Test runners
The [fuchsia.test.Suite](#test-suite-protocol) protocol is the way for
[Components v2](#glossary-components-v2) tests to enumerate their test cases and
report results. This differs from [Components v1](#glossary-components-v1),
where test results are reported through stdout and exit codes. Most commonly, a
test will not implement the `fuchsia.test.Suite` protocol from scratch, but
would instead use a *test runner* that integrates a language-native testing
library with the protocol. The test component does this by declaring it uses the
appropriate test runner in the [test driver](#test-roles)'s manifest. For
example, for a C++ gtest, the test driver's manifest would contain the
// test_driver.cml
use: [
// Use the gtest runner
runner: "gtest_runner",
expose: [
// Test driver must still expose fuchsia.test.Suite
protocol: "/svc/fuchsia.test.Suite",
from: "self",
However, it's cumbersome for a test to manually implement this protocol. For
this reason, the Fuchsia Test Runner Framework provides a set of special runners
called *test runners*. A test runner integrates a [test driver](#test-roles)
that uses a language-native test library (such as C++ `gtest` or rust `libtest`)
with the test suite protocol. If your component declares it uses the appropriate
test runner in its [component manifest][manifests], you can write your test
natively against the language-specific test library and do not need to manually
export results under the test suite protocol.
## Hermeticity
A test is *hermetic* if it [uses][manifests-use] or [offers][manifests-offer] no
capabilities from the [test root](#tests-as-components)'s parent. As a rule of
thumb, tests should be hermetic, but sometimes a test requires a capability that
cannot be injected in the test realm.
In the context of hermetic tests, a capability that originates from outside of
the test's realm is called a *system capability*.
## Test roles {#test-roles}
Components in the [test realm](#tests-as-components) may play various roles in
the test, as follows:
- Test driver: The component that actually runs the test, and implements
(either directly or through a [test runner](#test-runners)) the
[`fuchsia.test.Suite`][test-suite-protocol] protocol. This role may be, but
is not necessarily, owned by the [test root](#tests-as-components).
- Capability provider: A component that provides a capability that the test
will exercise somehow. The component may either provide a "fake"
implementation of the capability for test, or a "real" implementation that
is equivalent to what production uses.
- Component under test: A component that exercises some behavior to be tested.
This may be identical to a component from production, or a component written
specifically for the test intended to model production behavior.
[fidl-test-suite]: /sdk/fidl/fuchsia.test/suite.fidl
[glossary-component]: ../../
[glossary-components-v1]: ../../
[glossary-components-v2]: ../../
[manifests]: /docs/concepts/components/v2/
[manifests-expose]: /docs/concepts/components/v2/
[manifests-offer]: /docs/concepts/components/v2/
[manifests-use]: /docs/concepts/components/v2/
[realms]: /docs/concepts/components/v2/
[realms-definitions]: /docs/concepts/components/v2/
[test-suite-protocol]: /docs/concepts/components/v2/