Test your REST endpoints inside the container (ArqTip #1)


read the asciidoc based version of this post here.


Since Arquillian 1.1.9.Final it is possible to get deployment URL even in in-container tests. This enables REST endpoints testing inside the container.

The main advantage of running this kind of test inside the container (same JVM) is that you can call any service/method of your application before making the (test)rest call.

Even better, you can prepare your database or whatever configuration you need before running the test. Here is an example using arquillian persistence (which doesn’t work outside the container – see Arq1077):



public class CrudRestIt {

    @Deployment(name = "cdi-rest.war")
    public static Archive<?> createDeployment() {
        WebArchive war = Deployments.getBaseDeployment();
        MavenResolverSystem resolver = Maven.resolver();
        return war;

    URL basePath;

    public void shouldListCars() {
                queryParam("start", 0).queryParam("max", 10).
                get(basePath + "rest/cars").
                body("", hasSize(4)).//dataset has 4 cars
                body("model", hasItem("Ferrari")).
                body("price", hasItem(2450.8f)).


Note that I have included two libs into the deployment, RestAssured and Gson because both are used inside the test.

As a bonus you can get code coverage of your REST endpoints, something you don’t have when running as client (testable=false a.k.a blackbox):





Test source code can be found here: https://github.com/rmpestano/cdi-crud/blob/cdi-crud-universe/src/test/java/com/cdi/crud/it/CrudRestIt.java


One thought on “Test your REST endpoints inside the container (ArqTip #1)

  1. Pingback: Java Weekly 47/15: Arquillian tips, MVC 1.0, a new security API

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