Serving HTTP Requests

Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Defining Custom Routes
    1. Route Handlers


Some testing scenarios require that Inferno respond to incoming HTTP requests. For these cases, it is possible for a suite to define custom routes which will be served by Inferno. For example, authorization workflows based on asymmetric client credentials require that public keys are served at an accessible location, so Inferno needs to be able to serve these keys in order to support these workflows.

To prevent conflicts between routes defined by different test suites, suite-defined routes are served at INFERNO_BASE/custom/SUITE_ID/CUSTOM_ROUTE_PATH.

Defining Custom Routes

Custom routes are defined using the route method.

class MyTestSuite < Inferno::TestSuite
  route(:get, 'my_custom_route', my_route_handler)

route takes three arguments, a symbol for the HTTP verb served by the route (:get, :post, etc., or :all), a String for the route path, and a route handler. The route handler is any Rack-compatible object.

route in the API docs

Route Handlers

Rack is a standard interface for handling HTTP requests in ruby. Route handlers must be a Rack-compatible object, which could be something as simple as a Proc/Lambda, or an entire web application built in something like Sinatra.

The requirements for a Rack-compatible route handler are as follows:

  • It must respond to the call method which takes one argument (the Rack environment).
  • It must return a three element array consisting of:
    • The HTTP status code (integer)
    • The response headers (Hash)
    • The response body (Array of Strings)

Some simple route handlers could look like this:

class MyTestSuite < Inferno::TestSuite
  id :my_test_suite
  my_html =, 'my_html.html'))
  my_html_route_handler = proc { [200, { 'Content-Type' => 'text/html' }, [my_html]] }
  # Serve an html page at INFERNO_PATH/custom/my_test_suite/my_html_page
  route :get, '/my_html_page', my_html_route_handler
  my_jwks =, 'my_jwks.json'))
  my_jwks_route_handler = proc { [200, { 'Content-Type' => 'application/json' }, [my_jwks]] }
  # Serve a JSON file at INFERNO_PATH/custom/my_test_suite/.well-known/jwks.json
  route :get, '/.well-known/jwks.json', my_jwks_route_handler