Guide to Odoo Community Association Quality Tools Part 1

Choices of Odoo 8.0 Testing Services

Odoo 8.0 has a new test framework/platform called runbot. It looks good but is evolving and lack of documents. On the other hand, Odoo Community Association (OCA) has a Maintainer Quality Tools project that helps to ensure the quality of Odoo addons. It can run module unit tests and report test coverage. It uses Travis CI continuous integration service and Coveralls code coverage reporting service. Both are free services for open source projects. Both services support GitHub integration and automatically run test and report results to GitHub projects. This article describe the the setup of these two service for an Odoo addon project.

Travis CI Configuration

The sample Travis CI configuration files in the [sample folder of the OCA QA tools project] ( needs some changes to include new Python packages and Odoo addon version requirement. We cloned the the whole project to [a new repository] ( for two reasons:

  1. to decouple our project from teh OCA maintainer quality tools
  2. to customize the testing configuration such as installation of a new Python package.

QA tools customization

In our addon, we need to use an Amazon Marketplace Web Service Python package called boto. In the [cloned maintainer quality tools repository] (, we add
a new line with text ‘boto’ to the end of the ‘requirements.txt’ file in ‘travis’ folder in the QA tools repository. The ‘travis_install_nightly’ script file in the same folder installs all packages specified in the ‘requirements.txt’ file before running tests.


There is a sample travis.yml in the ‘sample_files’ directory in the QA project repository. we need to change the Odoo version and only run test in the official Odoo repository, i.e., no need to run in the OCA repository. We changed the .travis.yml to have a new ‘8.0’ version, running only in the official Odoo repository and using customized GitHut QA repository. The content is as the following:

language: python

  - "2.7"

  - VERSION="8.0" ODOO_REPO="odoo/odoo"

  system_site_packages: true

  - git clone ${HOME}/maintainer-quality-tools
  - export PATH=${HOME}/maintainer-quality-tools/travis:${PATH}
  - travis_install_nightly

  - travis_run_tests


Copy the .travis.yml to the top level of an Odoo addon GitHub repository that needs to run tests.

Travis CI GitHub Webhook

To automatically run tests when there is any new commits, we need to link Travis CI service with out GitHub repository.

After signing in with a GitHub account in [Travis CI] (, one can enable a GitHub project in Travis CI profile page.

A new push to the GitHub repository will trigger a build and test process in Travis CI.

Coveralls Configuration

There are two steps to configure Coverall.

First, create a .coveragerc file in the top level of a GitHub repository. A sample configuration file is provided in the ‘cfg’ directory in the above QA tools repository. Change the include line as the following:

include =

Second, create an account in Coveralls website using a GitHub account and authorize Coveralls to access the account’s repositories. Then click Repository button to turn on the Coveralls report for the repository.

Add Travis CI and Coveralls Status icon

The above configuration enables automatic runs of Travis CI and Coveralls for a new GitHub commit. Adding the status icon links in the ‘’ enables displaying test results in GitHub repository.

In the Repository page in Travis CI website, there is a build status icon on the top right. Clicking the icon will popup a dialog with an image URL string. Copy the string and add it as an image link at the top of ‘’. Below is an example:

[![Build Status](](

Similarly, in the repository page of Coveralls site, there is a ‘BADGE URLS’ icon on the top right of the page. Clicking it will give the URL as an SVG Markdown. Here is an example:

[![Coverage Status](](

Adding the code next to the Travis CI line. After pushing a new commit to GitHub, both icons should be display at the top of the ‘’ file.

Written on October 28, 2014