Simple Build Configuration

Each new test module must have a configuration file to direct the build system with module metadata, compile-time dependencies and packaging instructions. Android now uses the Soong build system for simpler test configuration.

Soong uses Blueprint or .bp files, which are JSON-like simple declarative descriptions of modules to build. This format replaces the Make-based system used in previous releases. See the Soong reference files on the Continuous Integration Dashboard for full details.

To accommodate custom testing or use the Android Compatibility Test Suite (CTS), follow Complex Test Configuration instead.


The entries below come from this example Blueprint configuration file: /platform_testing/tests/example/instrumentation/Android.bp

A snapshot is included here for convenience:

android_test {
    name: "HelloWorldTests",
    srcs: ["src/**/*.java"],
    sdk_version: "current",
    static_libs: ["android-support-test"],
    certificate: "platform",
    test_suites: ["device-tests"],

Note the android_test declaration at the beginning indicates this is a test. Including android_app would conversely indicate this is instead a build package.


The following settings garner explanation:

    name: "HelloWorldTests",

The name setting is required when the android_test module type is specified (at the start of the block). It gives a name to your module, and the resulting APK will be named the same and with a .apk suffix, e.g. in this case, resulting test apk is named as HelloWorldTests.apk. In addition, this also defines a make target name for your module, so that you can use make [options] <HelloWorldTests> to build your test module and all its dependencies.

    static_libs: ["android-support-test"],

The static_libs setting instructs the build system to incorporate the contents of the named modules into the resulting apk of current module. This means that each named module is expected to produce a .jar file, and its content will be used for resolving classpath references during compile time, as well as incorporated into the resulting apk.

In this example, things that might be generally useful for tests:

The android-support-test is the prebuilt for the Android Test Support Library, which includes the new test runner AndroidJUnitRunner: a replacement for the now deprecated built-in InstrumentationTestRunner, with support for JUnit4 testing framework. Read more at Test apps on Android.

If you are building a new instrumentation module, you should always start with the android-support-test library as your test runner. The platform source tree also includes other useful testing frameworks such as ub-uiautomator, mockito-target, easymock and more.

    certificate: "platform",

The certificate setting instructs the build system to sign the apk with the same certificate as the core platform. This is needed if your test uses a signature protected permission or API. Note that this is suitable for platform continuous testing, but should not be used in CTS test modules. Note that this example uses this certificate setting only for the purpose of illustration: the test code of the example does not actually need for the test apk to be signed with the special platform certificate.

If you are writing an instrumentation for your component that lives outside of system server, that is, it's packaged more or less like a regular app apk, except that it's built into system image and may be a privileged app, chances are that your instrumentation will be targeting the app package (see below section about manifest) of your component. In this case, your application makefile may have its own certificate setting, and your instrumentation module should retain the same setting. This is because to target your instrumentation on the app under test, your test apk and app apk must be signed with the same certificate.

In other cases, you don't need to have this setting at all: the build system will simply sign it with a default built-in certificate, based on the build variant, and it's typically called the dev-keys.

    test_suites: ["device-tests"],

The test_suites setting makes the test easily discoverable by the Trade Federation test harness. Other suites can be added here such as CTS so that this test may be shared.