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Litmus is an automated testing tool for tizen platform on ARM Devices.

This tool provides python APIs for controlling devices.(Flash binaries to device/ Power up and down device/ Run commands on device/ Push and pull files/ Take screenshots) And this also provides test project manager and test project launcher.

Getting Started


Litmus uses sdb to communicate with device. sdb is not released on but you can find it from sdk. Install sdb from tizen sdk or download binary from below url.


Unzip this package and copy sdb binary to /usr/bin

Step1. Install Litmus

Litmus supports ubuntu distro only. (Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 16.04). If someone wants to use this tool and APIs on other linux distro, please contribute sources and packages, dependencies for that distro.

First, open the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/litmus.list file in your favorite editor. If the file doesn't exist, create it. And add entries for your ubuntu system.

For Ubuntu 14.04

deb /

For Ubuntu 16.04

deb /

Update apt cache.

sudo apt-get update

And install a package litmus.

sudo apt-get install litmus

You can also clone source code from github and create a debian package to use latest version.

First, clone latest source code from github.

git clone

Build a deb package with debuild

cd litmus

Install the deb package by using dpkg

cd ..
sudo dpkg -i litmus_0.3.4-1_amd64.deb

Step2. Create a Litmus test project

Litmus project manager helps you to manage your test project with command line interface. First, list all of Litmus project on your environment.

litmus ls


=====list of all litmus projects=====

There's no test project. Let's create a new test project.

litmus mk <new test project name>


$ litmus mk 3.0-mobile-tm1
Enter the device type (u3/xu3/artik5/artik10/standalone_tm1/standalone_tm2/standalone_tw1/standalone_u3/standalone_xu3/empty): standalone_tm1
Enter descriptions for this project : my first test project for tm1 device
$ litmus ls
=====list of all litmus projects=====
3.0-mobile-tm1 (my first test project for tm1 device : /home/dhsshin/litmus/3.0-mobile-tm1)

You can see that the following project components exist under the project path.

-rwxrwxr-x 1 dhsshin dhsshin    0 Oct  21 14:59
drwxrwxr-x 2 dhsshin dhsshin 4096 Oct  21 15:05 __pycache__
-rwxrwxr-x 1 dhsshin dhsshin  162 Oct  21 14:59 conf_mobile.yaml
-rwxrwxr-x 1 dhsshin dhsshin  263 Oct  21 14:59 conf_tv.yaml
-rwxrwxr-x 1 dhsshin dhsshin  172 Oct  21 14:59 conf_wearable.yaml
-rwxrwxr-x 1 dhsshin dhsshin 1507 Oct  21 14:59 tc_mobile.yaml
-rwxrwxr-x 1 dhsshin dhsshin  723 Oct  21 14:59 tc_tv.yaml
-rwxrwxr-x 1 dhsshin dhsshin 1519 Oct  21 14:59 tc_wearable.yaml
-rwxrwxr-x 1 dhsshin dhsshin 1545 Oct  21 14:59

These are config files and python scripts for your testing. If you run this test project with litmus test launcher then is the entry point of this. Please open it.

#!/usr/bin/env python3
import os
from litmus.core.util import load_yaml
from litmus.core.manager import manager
from litmus.helper.helper import tizen_snapshot_downloader as downloader
from litmus.helper.tests import add_test_helper

def main(*args, **kwargs):

    # init manager instance
    mgr = manager(*args, **kwargs)

    # init working directory

    # get projectinfo
    project_info = load_yaml('conf_mobile.yaml')

    username = project_info['username']
    password = project_info['password']
    binary_urls = project_info['binary_urls']

    # get version from parameter
    # ex) 20160923.3
        version = kwargs['param'][0]
    except (IndexError, TypeError):
        version = None

    # download binaries from snapshot download server
    filenames = []
    for url in binary_urls:

    # get an available device for testing.
    dut = mgr.acquire_dut('standalone_tm1', max_retry_times=180)

    # flash binaries to device.

    # turn on dut.

    # run helper functions for testing.
    if not os.path.exists('result'):

    testcases = load_yaml('tc_mobile.yaml')
    add_test_helper(dut, testcases)

    # turn off dut.

    # release a device

This is a simple python script and main() is the entry point. You can find classes and functions under litmus package and these can control your device connected to your host PC.

This default template just download a latest 3.0 mobile profile binary for TM1 and acquire an available device from your environment, and flash the binary to acquired device. And just run testcases from tc_mobile.yaml.


username: <username>
password: <password>


  - name: verify_process_is_running
    from: litmus.helper.tests
    result_dir: result
      - name: dbus_is_running
        param: dbus
        pattern: .*/usr/bin/dbus-daemon.*
      - name: enlightenment_is_running
        param: enlightenment
        pattern: .*/usr/bin/enlightenment.*
      - name: sensord_is_running
        param: sensord
        pattern: .*/usr/bin/sensord.*
      - name: deviced_is_running
        param: deviced
        pattern: .*/usr/bin/deviced.*
      - name: pulseaudio_is_running
        param: pulseaudio
        pattern: .*/usr/bin/pulseaudio.*
      - name: sdbd_is_running
        param: sdbd
        pattern: .*/usr/sbin/sdbd.*
      - name: msg-server_is_running
        param: msg-server
        pattern: .*/usr/bin/msg-server.*
      - name: connmand_is_running
        param: connmand
        pattern: .*/usr/sbin/connmand.*
      - name: callmgrd_is_running
        param: callmgrd
        pattern: .*/usr/bin/callmgrd.*
      - name: alarm-server_is_running
        param: alarm-server
        pattern: .*/usr/bin/alarm-server.*
      - name: media-server_is_running
        param: media-server
        pattern: .*/usr/bin/media-server.*
  - name: verify_dmesg
    from: litmus.helper.tests
    result_dir: result
      - name: panel_is_alive
        param: panel
        pattern: .*panel is dead.*
  - name: verify_wifi_is_working
    from: litmus.helper.tests
    wifi_apname: setup
    result_dir: result

Step3. Run the Litmus test project

Before running this test project, you have to configure topology file. Default path of topology file is ~/.litmus/topology. Please open it.

dev_type = standalone_tm1
serialno = 0000d86100006200

You have to write this ini file as above to create a topology of your test environment. If you don't know serial number of your device then please use 'sdb devices' command.

$ sdb devices
List of devices attached
0000d86100006200        device          TM1

After configuring topology, you can run your test project as follow:

litmus run 3.0-mobile-tm1

This will create a temporary directory as working dir and copy all files under project path to working dir. main() function will be executed and temporary working dir will be deleted after testing. If you want to keep test results in working directory then please use -d option.

litmus run 3.0-mobile-tm1 -d ~/test_result

~/test_result will be the working dir and litmus test launcher does not delete this after testing.