The Cosmos SDK contains different types of tests. These tests have different goals and are used at different stages of the development cycle. We advice, as a general rule, to use tests at all stages of the development cycle. It is adviced, as a chain developer, to test your application and modules in a similar way than the SDK.
The rationale behind testing can be found in ADR-59.
Unit tests are the lowest test category of the test pyramid. All packages and modules should have unit test coverage. Modules should have their dependencies mocked: this means mocking keepers.
The SDK uses
mockgen to generate mocks for keepers:
You can read more about mockgen here.
As an example, we will walkthrough the keeper tests of the
x/gov module has a
Keeper type, which requires a few external dependencies (ie. imports outside
x/gov to work properly).
In order to only test
x/gov, we mock the expected keepers and instantiate the
Keeper with the mocked dependencies. Note that we may need to configure the mocked dependencies to return the expected values:
This allows us to test the
x/gov module without having to import other modules.
We can test then create unit tests using the newly created
The goal of these integration tests is to test how a component interacts with other dependencies. Compared to unit tests, integration tests do not mock dependencies. Instead, they use the direct dependencies of the component. This differs as well from end-to-end tests, which test the component with a full application.
Integration tests interact with the tested module via the defined
Query services. The result of the test can be verified by checking the state of the application, by checking the emitted events or the response. It is adviced to combine two of these methods to verify the result of the test.
The SDK provides small helpers for quickly setting up an integration tests. These helpers can be found at https://github.com/cosmos/cosmos-sdk/blob/main/testutil/integration.
Deterministic and Regression tests
Tests are written for queries in the Cosmos SDK which have
module_query_safe Protobuf annotation.
Each query is tested using 2 methods:
- Use property-based testing with the
rapidlibrary. The property that is tested is that the query response and gas consumption are the same upon 1000 query calls.
- Regression tests are written with hardcoded responses and gas, and verify they don't change upon 1000 calls and between SDK patch versions.
Here's an example of regression tests:
Simulations uses as well a minimal application, built with
You can as well use the
configurator for creating an
AppConfig inline. There is no difference between those two ways, use whichever you prefer.
Following is an example for
For that, the SDK is using
simapp but you should use your own application (
Here are some examples:
- SDK E2E tests: https://github.com/cosmos/cosmos-sdk/tree/main/tests/e2e.
- Cosmos Hub E2E tests: https://github.com/cosmos/gaia/tree/main/tests/e2e.
- Osmosis E2E tests: https://github.com/osmosis-labs/osmosis/tree/main/tests/e2e.
The SDK is in the process of creating its E2E tests, as defined in ADR-59. This page will eventually be updated with better examples.
Learn more about testing scope in ADR-59.