Testing Apps: Running Profiles (tcrun)

This CLI tool provides a simple interface to run the App locally with the profiles created using the tcprofile command. If the profile has validation rules defined, the tcrun command will validate the output variables according to the validation rules.


usage: tcrun [-h] [--config CONFIG] [--docker] [--docker_image DOCKER_IMAGE]
             [--autoclear] [--halt_on_fail] [--group GROUP]
             [--logging_level LOGGING_LEVEL] [--profile PROFILE] [--quiet]
             [--report REPORT] [--truncate TRUNCATE] [--unmask] [--vscd]
             [--vscd_port VSCD_PORT]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            Show this help message and exit.
  --config CONFIG       The configuration file (default: "tcex.json")
  --docker              (Experimental) Run the App in a docker container.
  --docker_image DOCKER_IMAGE
                        (Experimental) Override the docker container defined
                        in install.json or profile.
  --autoclear           Clear Redis data before running.
  --halt_on_fail        Halt on any failure.
  --group GROUP         The group of profiles to run
  --logging_level LOGGING_LEVEL
                        The logging level
  --profile PROFILE     The profile to run (default: "default")
  --quiet               Suppress the output from the App.
  --report REPORT       The JSON report filename
  --truncate TRUNCATE   (Advanced) The length at which to truncate successful
                        validation data in the logs (default=50)
  --unmask              Unmask masked args.
  --vscd                (Experimental) Enable Visual Studio Code debugging
                        using attach method on port 5678.
  --vscd_port VSCD_PORT
                        (Experimental) Visual Studio Code debugging port
                        (default: 5678)

Common Usage

The following command will run the “simple-json” profile.

tcrun --profile simple-json

The following command will run all profiles in the “qa-build” group.

tcrun --group qa-build


The tcrun command outputs a report for all profiles run. This report shows whether the execution of the profile passed or failed, and if the profile passed, it displays the results of the validations rules.

Profile:                      Execution:               Passed:   Failed:
simple_data                   Passed                   2         0


All Apps log to the app.log file in the appropriate log directory. Any errors during execution of the App will be displayed there. The tcrun command logs to the run.log in the same log directory. This log file is structured to quickly identify problems with validations. Any failed validation will be logged at ERROR level.

Exit Codes

The tcrun command can validate the exit code of the App, which allows for the setup of fail-scenarios profiles. All Apps should exit with a valid exit code and handle failures gracefully. The use of the exit_codes parameter provides “bad” data to the App and ensures that it exits with the proper exit code.

"exit_codes": [1]


For Runtime/Job Apps (non-Playbook Apps) valid exit codes are 0, 1, and 3. For certain profiles, an exit code of 0 (success) or 3 (partial success/partial failure) is expected. This can be achieved by adding both status codes to the exit_codes parameter array.