Developer info on continuous integration

Continuous integration uses GitHub Actions.

Events that trigger CI tests

CI tests are triggered automatically by GitHub on a:

  • pull request to develop or master branch
  • push in develop, master, feature/test_ci branches (eg: after a merge, pushing a fix directly to this branch)

The pull request can not be completed before CI pipeline succeeds

  • pushing a fix to the branch with the open pull request re-triggers the CI test
  • CI test can also be manually triggered form Pull Requests > Check > Re-run all checks or directly from Action tab.

CI pipeline currently contains :

  • running unit tests

    • update conda envs for network and researcher
    • launch nework
    • run unit tests
  • running a simplenet + federated average training, on a few batches of a MNIST dataset, with 1 node. For that, CI launches ./scripts/run_test_mnist (an also be launched on localhost)

    • update conda env for node (rely on unit tests for others)
    • activate conda and environments, launch network and node.
    • choose an existing git branch for running the test for each of the repos, by decreasing preference order : source branch of the PR, target branch of the PR, develop
    • convert with jupyter nbconvert the notebook ./notebooks/101_getting-started.ipynb to the python script ./notebooks/
    • launch the fedbiomed script ./notebooks/
    • succeed if the script completes without failure.
  • running test build process for documentation

!!! "note" Execution exceptions CI build tests are run if a file related to the build is changed. For example, if the changes (difference between base and feature branch) in a pull request are only made in the gui directory or docs, the CI action for unit tests will be skipped. Please see the exceptions in .gihub/workflows/*.yml

Displaying Outputs and Results

To view CI test output and logs:

  • view the pull request in github (select Pull requests in top bar, then select your pull request).
  • click on the Checks at the top bar of the pull request and select the Check that you want to display.
  • Click on the jobs to see its console output.

Unit tests coverage

Unit tests coverage reports are published on Codecov platform for each branch/pull request. The report contains overall test coverage for the branch and detailed coverage rates file by file.

  • Once a GitHub workflow/pipeline is executed for unit-test Codecov with automatically add a comment to the pull request that shows:
    • Overall test coverage
    • The difference code coverage between base and feature branch

To access reports on Codecov please go Fed-BioMed Codecov dashboard or go to your pull request,click on Checks at the top of the pull request view and click on View this Pull Request on Codecov

CI and GitHub Actions Configuration

GitHub actions are configured using yml files for each workflow. Workflow files can contain multiple jobs and multiple steps for each job. Please go .github/workflow directory to display all workflows for CI.

The name value in each yml file corresponds to the name of the workflows that are displayed in Actions page of the Fed-BioMed repository. The name value under each job corresponds to each Checks in pull requests.

Please see GitHub actions documentation for more information.

CI slaves

CI slaves are located on To be able to add extra configuration and installation you have to connect with your account on You need to be approved by one member of the Fed-BioMed CI project or to be a member of Inria to be able get an account on You can request the Fed-BioMed team to become a member of the Fed-BioMed CI project.


Using branch feature/test_ci can be useful when testing/debugging the CI setup (triggers CI on every push, not only on pull request).

More integration tests run on a nightly basis. They need a conda environment fedbiomed-ci.yaml which can be found in ./envs/ci/conda