This is the fourth post in our Strider series. This week we’re going to connect Strider with GitHub and let GitHub send push notifications to run tests automatically.
Before we go into detail, let’s review the posts in this series.
Strider Series Overview
- How to Connect With GitHub and Run Tests Automatically
- How to Connect with GitLab and Run Tests Automatically
- How to Connect with BitBucket and Run Tests Automatically
- How to Manually Add Git or Gogs Repository and Run Tests Automatically
Connecting Strider with GitHub requires various steps and configurations for your Strider server. First, we need to install the GitHub plugin (if not already done). Afterwards, we add a GitHub application, configure the Strider server and connect both services.
Install Strider-GitHub Plugin
The first thing to do is the installation of Strider’s GitHub plugin. Head over to the plugin section in admin panel and click the
Install button if the plugin isn’t already installed.
Register GitHub Application
Access to your repositories from third-party applications are restricted by GitHub. To connect Strider with GitHub you need to create a new GitHub application.
Fill the fields for your application. The
Authorization callback URL is composed of your homepage url and
Of course you can use a local Strider deployment running on
localhost and provide an authorization callback URL like
http://localhost:3000/auth/github/callback for your GitHub app.
After successful app creation, you’re redirected to the application overview. You can update your GitHub app settings and more important, the Client ID and Client Secret are depicted in the top right corner. We need both values to configure your Strider server to access GitHub correctly.
That’s the GitHub configuration part. Now we go back to Strider and configure the server.
Configure Strider Server
The previous post illustrates the options to configure Strider and how to pass your option values to the Strider server.
Ok, the bad news first: the strider-github plugin doesn’t recognize configuration values passed through the
.striderrc file. You have to pass config values via environment variables.
The GitHub plugin for Strider requires at least 3 configuration options defined:
Stop your Strider server if currently running. Define the environment variables either system-wide via
export KEY=VALUE or just pass the variable values to the process.
# export the values and start Strider afterwards export SERVER_NAME="https://your.strider.url" export PLUGIN_GITHUB_APP_ID="yourclientid" export PLUGIN_GITHUB_APP_SECRET="yourclientsecret" export NODE_ENV=production # start strider npm start
Start your Strider server again. It will automatically configure with provided values.
Server configuration is done. Now, we’re going to connect Strider with GitHub.
Connect Strider With GitHub
Your Strider Dashboard will just show the hint to connect with GitLab, GitHub or add a project manually.
Clicking the GitHub button navigates to
github.com and depicts the access overview. You need to authorize the application to access your public and private repositories. Additionally, Strider will access all repositories of companies you’re a member of.
Granting access for your Strider app will redirect you to the provided
Authorization callback URL in your GitHub application. Strider will navigate to the projects overview and shows your GitHub projects. You’re able to add them to Strider and run provided tests in your project.
Add GitHub Repositories to Strider
Now that Strider is connected to your GitHub account, you can add any of your projects. Click the Add button to show a selection of project types.
Choose the type that fits your selected project. Afterwards, you’re allowed to run the first test directly or head over to the project settings.
Run Tests Automatically
Strider automatically creates a web hook for the added project. With every push to the git repository, GitHub will send a
POST request to your Strider server and trigger an automated build.
You notice the warning triangle. This triangle indicates an error delivering the hook correctly to the provided web hook url. This is most likely an SSL certificate verification error. You can disable SSL verification for a web hook to deliver the
POST request even your certificate is not accepted by GitHub. Navigate to the web hook details by clicking the provided link or edit pencil.
Just click the Disable SSL verification button and confirm the upcoming warning message.
Now GitHub shows an additional warning that SSL verification has been disabled for this hook. For security reason, only disable SSL verification if you know the destination server.
What Comes Next
Strider integrates seamlessly with GitHub and provides APIs to get notified for repository changes to run code tests automatically.
The next post guides you to connect Strider with GitLab and automatically test your code.
If you run into problems connecting Strider with GitHub, please use the comments below or just shoot us @futurestud_io.