One of the many straplines of ScriptRunner is

making easy things easy and hard things possible

another one is

letting unqualified people do hacky stuff

Although you don’t go through all the maven pain, you can do anything in a script that you could do in a plugin. But because you maybe haven’t been on that journey, there are perhaps some aspects of development that weren’t inculcated in you, such as the need for automated testing. Automated testing will give you peace of mind because you’ll ensure that your script does what you want it to, including when there were corner cases that you might not anticipate.

The other advantage is you will feel more confident when you upgrade JIRA, that the APIs still function as they did before.

These are integration tests - they test your code within the context of a running JIRA. A unit test by contrast would focus on testing only your code - this requires isolating your code by mocking any JIRA managers and services. In the context of scripting, I find these kinds of tests have little value as a) scripts are generally comparitively simple and b) mocking everything is prohibitively expensive. Integration tests work well - if you upgrade then your script starts failing with a compilation error you can be confident it’s because an API has changed.

Test Runner

For the last several years, the way I have been working on built-in scripts is through the Test Runner within the plugin. This hasn’t been available in the distribution previously, but I have made it available from 3.0.6.

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When you first see the test runner the package will be set to com.acme.scriptrunner.test, which contains some sample tests shipped with the plugin (read the walkthroughs on testing workflow functions and script fields for explanations). You should be able to run all of the tests (one is supposed to fail to demonstrate what a failing test looks like).

Avoid running tests on a production server

Running the tests will create a project with key SRTESTPRJ, and a workflow and workflow scheme. All these are safe to delete and will be recreated each time you run the test.

When you write your own tests you will want to change the default package. If you want to use the included tests as a basis for your own, you can extract them from the plugin with winzip or whatever.

When starting on a new feature, the way I work is generally to write a test for what I want to happen. Run the test, it fails (at least it should). Implement feature until test passes, refactor, make sure tests pass etc. Writing tests is the same as any other script - just save the file and click the Run button in JIRA. No compilation or plugin upload etc.

Two test libraries are included, Spock and JUnit. I recommend you use Spock.

When running the test runner you will need to specify the base package(s) that you wish to keep your tests under, generally something like com.yourcompany.jira.test. In this case you would have a directory com/yourcompany/jira/test under your script root, where you will keep test classes. Make sure you are using a source control system, so that you can test on your dev instance, commit your changes, then update your working copy on your production system.

The tests should create whatever JIRA data structures that are required. Although it’s tempting to create workflows and fields in JIRA, ideally it’s best if you don’t, so that the tests are portable between instances without having to do a load of manual setup.

For instance, if testing a workflow function you will want to create a workflow, a workflow scheme, a project, and finally an issue, and then drive it through the workflow. This sounds complex, and it is in fact, but I have shipped some base classes that you can extend that will do most of this for you.

Typically a test will create these structures and remove them after completion, leaving the system in the same state as before the test. However, in the case of the support classes they will remove them if already present at the start of each test suite, and leave them present afterwards. This is to give you a chance to manually inspect the workflows etc to make sure you created them as you wanted to.

Depending on what you want to test you will start with a different base class. Let’s start with the hardest of these, testing workflow functions, by going through an example.

Although you don’t need the supporting classes, they may make life easier, as they will create a test project, and either a test workflow and scheme, or a script field. Depending on what you’re testing, extend one of the following classes:

Testing what



Workflow Functions


Testing Workflow Functions

Script Fields


Testing Script Fields

It may well take you half an hour to write the tests, when you’re up to speed, even if it only took 5 mins to write the script. Still, it’s worth the investment in my opinion.

The following topics will be written if there is interest:

  • Testing Listeners

  • Test JQL Functions