Setup jenkins with tbot

This section should explain you, how to use tbot with jenkins.

You should hava a running tbot, which you can call from jenkins.

This guide does not explain how to install jenkins, use google for this purpose.

junit tbot backend

tbots junit backend generates the tbot_results.xml file, which gives back the results from a tbot run to jenkins.

Activate this tbot backend through config file:

create_junit = 'yes'

This tbot backend needs:

python module


install with

pip install junit-xml

jenkins plugins

execute shell script with another user (not jenkins):

setup a ssh agent, which connects you to the machine which runs tbot (You also need this, if jenkins is running on the same machine and you run tbot under another user than jenkins)

storing ssh credentials (for connecting to tbot machine)

storing attachments in jenkins (results from tbot backends)


resulting xml file is stored from tbot into jenkins workspace refered through jenkins Environment variable:


files resulting from tbot backens are stored into

‘$WORKSPACE/’ + self.testclass + ‘/’

make sure, jenkins set the environment variable $WORKSPACE !

Running Jenkins behind Apache

follow the instructions on:

This is used on the tbot2go setup, where jenkins and tbot running on a raspberry pi, while you can access jenkins webinterface through “localhost:8080/jenkins” on a webbrowser running on the raspberry pi or through apache2 from outside with for example “ip/jenkins”.

Create a new jenkins node (Build Executor)

The Build executor is needed (at least I needed it) for running a shell command under another user than jenkins.

Hints, how to do it easier are welcome!

Go into the jenkins manage page to the menu point “Manage Nodes”


Select “New Node” and you should see:


give the node a name (In this example “tbot_ssh”), under which you can refer it in next section, and select “Permanent Agent”

Press Ok

You should see:


Set a remote directory Select Launch method “Launch slave agents via SSH” and set your key/password settings

Press save ... you have setup a new node!

Create a new jenkins job

create a new jenkins job and do the following settings

“Enter an item name”

select “Freestyle project”


press Ok.

Now configure gerneral settings, you can give the new job a good description. Important is, that you enable the flag “Restrict where this project can be run” and select here the node you created above (In our example “tbot_ssh”)

Select here the node you created before this step.


add build step and select “Execute shell” and do the following settings:

  • insert the tbot cmdline command
  • add Publish JUnit test result report and use as filename “tbot_result.xml”

press save

Thats it!