Hudson - Ant Build Steps with Junit Test Call

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This article shows you an example on how you can start your junit test with the Ant builder (runner) and Hudson as Scheduler and reporter.

  • An Hudson Job can call an Ant script.
  • Ant can call junit script with its junit task.
  • Ant can format Junit report with the junitreport task
  • To be able to see the Junit reports created by the junitreport ant task, you have to (create|push) them in the Hudson directory Workspace of the job.


Directory Structure

Directory File
ProjectHome\ant\junit\ ant build file
ProjectHome\src\junit\ Junit test case
HudsonHome\TestWithReport\workspace The location of the Hudson workspace for the project “TestWithReport”

Ant Build File

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<project name="MyFirstTest" basedir="../.." default="execute_all">

	<!-- Add an ANT property for the directory containing the HTML reports: -->
	<property name="hudson.workspace.root" value="C:\Users\gerard\.hudson\jobs\TestWithReport\workspace"/>
	<property name="dir.test.reports" value="${hudson.workspace.root}\junitreports" />
	<property name="dir.test.class" value="${basedir}\src" />
	<property name="dir.lib" value="C:\Users\gerard\.m2\repository" />
	<property name="classpath" value="${basedir}\classes" />

	<!-- Add the test jar (junit and testng) -->
	<path id="classpath">
		<pathelement location="${classpath}" />
		<fileset dir="${dir.lib}">
			<include name="**/junit*.jar" />
			<include name="**/*test*.jar" />

	<target name="create_directory">
		<echo message="Create the directory report ${dir.test.reports}" />
		<mkdir dir="${dir.test.reports}" />

	<!-- Define the Ant task for running JUnit and generating reports -->
	<target name="execute_batch_test" depends="create_directory">

		<echo message="Execute Tests in Batch" />
		<junit fork="yes" printsummary="yes" haltonfailure="no">
			<classpath refid="classpath" />
			<batchtest fork="yes" todir="${dir.test.reports}">
				<fileset dir="${dir.test.class}">
					<include name="junit/*" />
			<formatter type="xml" />

		<echo message="Format the tests report" />
		<junitreport todir="${dir.test.reports}">
			<fileset dir="${dir.test.reports}">
				<include name="TEST-*.xml" />
			<report todir="${dir.test.reports}" />

	<target name="execute_one_test" depends="create_directory">
		<echo message="Execute One Test" />
		<junit printsummary="yes" fork="yes" haltonfailure="no">
			<classpath refid="classpath" />
			<formatter type="xml" />
			<test name="junit.HelloWorld" todir="${dir.test.reports}" />

	<target name="execute_all" depends="execute_one_test,execute_batch_test" />



  • the hudson.workspace.root property is the location of the hudson workspace.
  • the dir.lib property is the location of the directory library (here a Maven Directory) where you can find the junit library
  • the dir.test.class property is the root directory of the source java file
  • the classpath property contains the root directory of the java compiled class classpath

Executing ant where the build file reside:


You must get the following output.

Buildfile: D:\svn\Java\Snippet\ant\junit\build.xml

     [echo] Create the directory report C:\Users\gerard\.hudson\jobs\TestWithReport\workspace\junitreports

     [echo] Execute One Test
    [junit] Running junit.HelloWorld
    [junit] Tests run: 2, Failures: 1, Errors: 0, Time elapsed: 0.071 sec
    [junit] Test junit.HelloWorld FAILED

     [echo] Execute Tests in Batch
    [junit] Running junit.Exception
    [junit] Tests run: 2, Failures: 0, Errors: 1, Time elapsed: 0.062 sec
    [junit] Test junit.Exception FAILED
    [junit] Running junit.HelloWorld
    [junit] Tests run: 2, Failures: 1, Errors: 0, Time elapsed: 0.051 sec
    [junit] Test junit.HelloWorld FAILED
    [junit] Running junit.MultipleFailure
    [junit] Tests run: 1, Failures: 1, Errors: 0, Time elapsed: 0.062 sec
    [junit] Test junit.MultipleFailure FAILED
    [junit] Running junit.TestFixture
    [junit] Tests run: 2, Failures: 0, Errors: 0, Time elapsed: 0.045 sec
     [echo] Format the tests report
[junitreport] Processing C:\Users\gerard\.hudson\jobs\TestWithReport\workspace\junitreports\TESTS-TestSuites.xml to
[junitreport] Loading stylesheet jar:file:/C:/ant/lib/ant-junit.jar!/org/apache/tools/ant/taskdefs/optional/junitxsl/junit-frames.xsl
[junitreport] Transform time: 516ms
[junitreport] Deleting: C:\Users\gerard\AppData\Local\Temp\null434515434


Total time: 7 seconds

Hudson New Job

Create a new job:

  • New Job as Name “TestWithReport” and as type “Build a free-style software project”
  • Build
    • Step: Invoke Ant
    • Script: ProjectHome\ant\junit\build.xml
  • Post-build Actions
    • Publish JUnit test result report: /junitreports/*.xml

Hudson Job Ant Junit

And start the build by clicking on “Build Now”.

Test Reports

You can then see the test reports on this two places:

Hudson Test Result

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