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Gitops Testing with ArgoCD

The following is a step-by-step walkthrough to test the automated application deployment and execution of Postman collections in a local Minikube cluster.

Let’s start with setting things up for our GitOps-powered testing machine!


1. Make sure you have Testkube installed in your cluster.

If you haven't installed Testkube in your cluster yet, visit the Getting Started guide for a walkthrough on installing Testkube. ‍

2. Install ArgoCD.

Follow the ArgoCD Installation Guide.

Note: For step 3 in the guide, “Access The Argo CD API Server”, choose the “Port Forwarding” method, as that is the easiest way to connect to it with a Minikube cluster.

3. Install a “Hello Kubernetes!” application in your cluster.

We will create a YAML file for a simple Hello Kubernetes application that we will create our integration tests against.

Create the following Deployment file:

apiVersion: v1
kind: Service
name: hello-kubernetes-service
- name: http
port: 80
targetPort: 8080
app: hello-kubernetes
apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
name: hello-kubernetes-deployment
replicas: 1
app: hello-kubernetes
app: hello-kubernetes
- name: hello-kubernetes
- containerPort: 8080

And deploy the Hello Kubernetes deployment with:

kubectl apply -f hello-kubernetes.yaml

You can test that your application has been correctly installed by running:

kubectl get svc -n default hello-kubernetes-service

4. Set up a Git Repository containing some Postman collections.

We are going to use tests created by Postman and exported in a Postman collections file.

We can upload this to the same Git Repository as our application, but in practice the repository could be the same repository hosting the application or it could also be in a separate repository where you manage all your test artifacts.

So let’s create our hello-kubernetes.json in postman-collections folder and push it to the repository.

"info": {
"_postman_id": "02c90123-318f-4680-8bc2-640adabb45e8",
"name": "New Collection",
"schema": ""
"item": [
"name": "hello-world test",
"event": [
"listen": "test",
"script": {
"exec": [
"pm.test(\"Body matches string\", () => {",
" pm.expect(pm.response.text()).to.contain(\"Hello Kubernetes\")",
"pm.test(\"Body matches string\", () => {",
" pm.expect(pm.response.status).to.equal(\"OK\")",
"type": "text/javascript"
"request": {
"method": "GET",
"header": [],
"url": {
"raw": "http://hello-kubernetes-service.default",
"protocol": "http",
"host": ["hello-kubernetes-service", "default"]
"response": []

You can see an example of how the repository should look here.

5. Configure ArgoCD to use the Testkube plugin.

To get ArgoCD to use Testkube, we need to write a Config Management plugin. To do so, please nest the plugin config file in a ConfigMap manifest under the plugin.yaml key.

apiVersion: v1
kind: ConfigMap
name: argocd-cm-plugin
namespace: argocd
plugin.yaml: |
kind: ConfigManagementPlugin
name: testkube
version: v1.0
command: [bash, -c]
- |
testkube generate tests-crds .

And apply it with the following command:

kubectl apply -f argocd-plugins.yaml

As you can see here, we’re using the command testkube generate tests-crds which creates the Custom Resources (manifests) that ArgoCD will then add to our cluster.

6. Patch ArgoCD's deployment

To install a plugin, patch argocd-repo-server deployment to run the plugin container as a sidecar.

apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
name: argocd-repo-server
- name: testkube
command: [/var/run/argocd/argocd-cmp-server]
image: kubeshop/testkube-argocd:latest
runAsNonRoot: true
runAsUser: 999
- mountPath: /var/run/argocd
name: var-files
- mountPath: /home/argocd/cmp-server/plugins
name: plugins
- mountPath: /home/argocd/cmp-server/config/plugin.yaml
subPath: plugin.yaml
name: argocd-cm-plugin
- mountPath: /tmp
name: cmp-tmp
- configMap:
name: argocd-cm-plugin
name: argocd-cm-plugin
- emptyDir: {}
name: cmp-tmp

Apply the patch with the command:

kubectl patch deployments.apps -n argocd argocd-repo-server --patch-file deployment.yaml

7. Configure an ArgoCD application to manage test collections in your cluster.

Create the file that will contain the ArgoCD application.

kind: Application
name: testkube-tests
namespace: argocd
project: default
targetRevision: HEAD
path: postman-collections
name: "testkube-v1.0"
server: https://kubernetes.default.svc
namespace: testkube

Notice that we have defined the path postman-collections which is the test folder with our Postman collections from the steps earlier. With Testkube you can use multiple test executors like curl, for example, so it is convenient to have a folder for each. We have also defined the .destination.namespace to be testkube, which is where the tests should be deployed in our cluster. ‍

Now let’s create the application with:

kubectl apply -f testkube-application.yaml

8. Run the initial ArgoCD sync and check your cluster.

On ArgoCD’s dashboard, we will now see the newly created application. Let’s click to get into it and sync our tests.

ArgoCD Testkube Tests

And now click on Sync to see your tests created.

Sync Testing

Voilà! Our test collection is created and managed by ArgoCD with every new test created and updated in the GitHub repository containing the tests!

Test Management with ArgoCD

9. Run ad-hoc tests from the CLI.

List the tests in your cluster with:

testkube get tests

You should see your deployed test artifacts:

Deployed Artifacts

To run those tests execute the following command:

testkube run test hello-kubernetes

‍ The test execution will start in the background. Copy the command from the image below to check the result of the execution of the test:

Cluster ID in CLI

$ testkube get execution EXECUTION_ID

‍You should see that the tests have run successfully, as in the image below.

Viewing Executed Tests

10. See test results in the Testkube Pro dashboard.

You can also see the results of your tests in a nice dashboard. Open the Testkube dashboard with the following command:

testkube dashboard

And you will be able to see the results of the execution in the Executions tab as seen in the image below:

Test Execution Dashboard

We now have an automated test deployment and execution pipeline based on GitOps principles!

11. Allow adding ownerReferences to CronJobs metadata for Tests and Test Suites

You will need to enable the Helm chart variable useArgoCDSync = true in order to make CronJobs created for Tests and Test Suites syncronized in ArgoCD.

GitOps Takeaways

Once fully realized - using GitOps for testing of Kubernetes applications as described above provides a powerful alternative to a more traditional approach where orchestration is tied to your current CI/CD tooling and not closely aligned with the lifecycle of Kubernetes applications.

We would love to get your thoughts on the above approach - over-engineering done right? Waste of time? Let us know on our Slack Channel!