Waiting for an Incoming Request

Table of Contents

  1. Overview
    1. Making a Test Wait
    2. Handling the Incoming Request
  2. Example


Some testing workflows required testing to pause until an incoming request is received. For example, the OAuth2 workflow used by the SMART App Launch IG involves redirecting the user to an authorization server, which then redirects the user back to the application which requested authorization (Inferno). In order to handle a workflow like this, Inferno must be able to handle the incoming request and associate it with a particular testing session. Inferno accomplishes this with the wait status and special routes for resuming tests.

Making a Test Wait

A test is instructed to wait for an incoming request using the wait method. wait takes three arguments:

  • identifier - An identifier which can uniquely identify the current test session. It must be possible for this identifier to be reconstructed based on the incoming request.
  • message - A markdown string which will be displayed to the user while the test is waiting.
  • timeout - The number of seconds the test will wait.

wait in the API docs

Handling the Incoming Request

The route to make a test resume execution is created with resume_test_route, which takes five arguments:

  • method - A symbol for the HTTP verb for the incoming request (:get, :post, etc.)
  • path - A string for the route path. The route will be served at INFERNO_BASE/custom/SUITE_ID/CUSTOM_ROUTE_PATH.
  • tags - An array of strings with which the incoming request will be tagged.
  • result - A string for the result of the test. Must be one of 'pass', 'fail', 'skip', 'omit', or 'cancel' (see Results). The default is 'pass'.
  • A block which extracts identifier from the incoming request and returns it. In this block, request can be used to access a Request object which contains the details of the incoming request.

If it is necessary to inspect the incoming request in a test, the incoming request can be assigned a name using receives_request :my_request_name (see Reusing Requests).

resume_test_route in the API docs

receives_request in the API docs


This example will show how to implement the redirect flow in the SMART App Launch Standalone Launch Sequence. It will be necessary to:

  • Redirect the user to the system under test’s authorize endpoint.
    • The client (Inferno) generates a random state value which the authorization server sends back, so state can be used as the identifier.
  • Wait for the user to be redirected back to Inferno.
    • Extract state from the incoming request to match the current test session.
  • Check that the incoming request contained a code parameter.
class SMARTAppLaunchSuite < Inferno::TestSuite
  id :smart_app_launch
  # This route will be served at INFERNO_BASE/custom/smart_app_launch/redirect
  # Since the `state` query parameter is what uniquely links the incoming request
  # to the current test session, return that from the block.
  resume_test_route :get, '/redirect' do |request|
  group do
    id :standalone_launch
    test do
      id :smart_redirect
      # Assign a name to the incoming request so that it can be inspected by
      # other tests.
      receives_request :redirect
      run do
        # Generate a random unique state value which uniquely identifies this
        # authorization request.
        state = SecureRandom.uuid
        # Build authorization url based on information from discovery, app
        # registration, and state.
        authorization_url = ...
        # Make this test wait.
          identifier: state,
          message: %(
            [Follow this link to authorize with the SMART server](#{authorization_url}).

            Tests will resume once Inferno receives a request at
            with a state of `#{state}`.
    # Execution will resume with this test once the incoming request is
    # received.
    test do
      id :redirect_contains_code
      # Make the incoming request from the previous test available here.
      uses_request :redirect
      run do
        code = request.query_parameters['code']
        assert code.present?, 'No `code` parameter received'