What you’ll learn#

  • What is Kubernetes
  • Why we use Kubernetes
  • What are the recommendation on resources requirements

Canarytrace is designed for use in Kubernetes and this has many advantages:

  • Canarytrace isn't testing framework, but complete test stack with additional components.
  • Designed for pattern 1:1:1 (= 1 monitor script, 1 Canarytrace runner, 1 instance of a browser) - due to strict isolation and predictable resource allocation for each run, the results are credible and comparable.
  • Many tasks are delegated to a lower level, on Kubernetes. It's a better approach than to solve all tasks on the testing framework level. Each Canarytrace component has its own responsibility. E.g.
    • Canarytrace runner (WDIO + services) only loads, runs of test scripts and live reporting
    • Elasticsearch stack for storing all data from Canarytrace runner and such as engine for agregate data for test report, backups, trends etc.
    • Beats are small datashippers and we use Beats for collect all logs from our docker containers.
    • Kibana for data analysis and visualizations from Canarytrace runner, for the preparation of a test report in many forms e.g. report for testers, architect, devops or test manager.
    • Canarytrace Listener for automatically analyzing many types of data scanned from a browser, alerting by thresholds to many services such as slack or email, simplification of the test result for integration with other tools such as Zabbix.
    • Kubernetes parallelizes, guarantees, manages and isolates each instance of the Canarytrace runner. Every instance of Canarytrace starts on the same conditions. This is an advantage because the tests don't affect each other.
    • We no longer need tools like Jenkins or Selenium cluster.
    • Thanks to Kubernetes you are not vendor locked and at the same time Canarytrace can be run on AWS, DigitalOcean, Azure Cloud, GCE or on your VPS.

Required resources for one instance#

Requirements on resource will be higher if you will be perform a performance audit. Without performance audit will be perform availability check and download information about network trafic in a browser.

Recommended requirements for performance audit#

  • Loading web pages into a modern browser is not an easy task. The measurement results may be skewed by insufficient resources and therefore the following settings are recommended for performance audit.
  • Minimum 2 dedicated cores (4 recommended)
  • Minimum 2GB RAM (4-8GB recommended)
ResourcesCPU requestsCPU limitsMemory requestsMemory limits
Canarytrace Runner200m300m300Mi400Mi

Check resource quota on all nodes

kubectl get nodes --no-headers | awk '{print $1}' | xargs -I {} sh -c 'echo {}; kubectl describe node {} | grep Allocated -A 5 | grep -ve Event -ve Allocated -ve percent -ve -- ; echo'
# output
Resource Requests Limits
cpu 2302m (57%) 2102m (52%)
memory 3415Mi (51%) 3840Mi (57%)

How to get a deployment scripts#

All deployment scripts are distributed with Canarytrace Professional and Canarytrace Smoke Pro docker images

# Download deployments scripts from docker image
docker run --rm -it --entrypoint /bin/mv -v $(pwd):/deployments quay.io/canarytrace/smoke-pro:3.0.2 /opt/canary/deployments/ /deployments/
# deployments folder is transferred from the docker image to localhost
ls -lah deployments/
total 8
drwxr-xr-x@ 6 rdpanek staff 192B 2 srp 19:43 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 rdpanek staff 96B 4 srp 00:07 ..
-rw-r--r-- 1 rdpanek staff 2,3K 2 srp 19:43 README.md
drwxr-xr-x@ 3 rdpanek staff 96B 6 čvc 18:47 beats
drwxr-xr-x@ 7 rdpanek staff 224B 2 srp 19:43 k8s
drwxr-xr-x@ 6 rdpanek staff 192B 2 srp 11:06 tf-k8s
  • beats contains filebeat deployment scripts for backup live logging stdout of all docker images of Canarytrace

  • k8s contains Kubernetes deployment scripts of Canarytrace

  • tf-k8s is Terraform demo script for create Kubernetes cluster on DigitalOcean

Deploy Canarytrace Smoke#

Canarytrace Smoke is a free edition and you can use it for study of web performance testing

apiVersion: batch/v1beta1
kind: CronJob
name: smoke-web
concurrencyPolicy: Replace
failedJobsHistoryLimit: 2
schedule: "*/3 * * * *"
- name: canary
image: quay.io/canarytrace/smoke-pro
- name: BASE_URL
value: "https://www.tesla.com/;http://canarytrace.com/"
- name: SMOKE
value: allow
value: "https://XXX.europe-west3.gcp.cloud.es.io:9243"
value: "elastic:XXX"
value: "localhost"
- name: PT_AUDIT
value: allow
value: 'desktopDense4G'
memory: "300Mi"
cpu: "200m"
memory: "400Mi"
cpu: "300m"
imagePullPolicy: "IfNotPresent"
- name: selenium
image: selenium/standalone-chrome:3.141.59-20200730
- containerPort: 4444
memory: "4000Mi"
cpu: "2000m"
memory: "6000Mi"
cpu: "4000m"
imagePullPolicy: "IfNotPresent"
- mountPath: "/dev/shm"
name: "dshm"
path: /wd/hub
port: 4444
initialDelaySeconds: 10
timeoutSeconds: 5
path: /wd/hub
port: 4444
initialDelaySeconds: 10
timeoutSeconds: 5
restartPolicy: "Never"
- name: "dshm"
medium: "Memory"
- name: canarytrace-labs-pull-secret

Prepare and deploy Canarytrace via Terraform#

  1. Install Terraform CLI
  2. Deploy Kubernetes objects via Terraform
cd deployments/tf-k8s/
terraform init
terraform apply

Prepare and manually deploy Canarytrace to Kubernetes#

ls -lah k8s/
total 40
drwxr-xr-x 7 rdpanek staff 224B 3 srp 18:50 .
drwxr-xr-x 6 rdpanek staff 192B 3 srp 18:50 ..
-rw-r--r-- 1 rdpanek staff 568B 3 srp 18:50 config-map.yml
-rw-r--r-- 1 rdpanek staff 60B 3 srp 18:50 namespace.yaml
-rw-r--r-- 1 rdpanek staff 203B 3 srp 18:50 secret-aws.yml
-rw-r--r-- 1 rdpanek staff 127B 3 srp 18:50 secret-elastic.yml
-rw-r--r-- 1 rdpanek staff 113B 3 srp 18:50 secret-user.yml


  • first step is create namespace canarytrace
kubectl create -f namespace.yaml


  • setup path to git repository, WDIO log.level, wait.for.timeout for all waitFor* methods and allow the use of the services
pt.audit: "allow"
coverage.audit: "allow"
response.intercept: "allow"
request.intercept: "allow"
console.intercept: "allow"
memory.intercept: "allow"
performance.entries.intercept: "allow"

and deploy

kubectl -n canarytrace create -f config-map.yml


  • setup for AWS S3 such as access.key, secret.key, region and bucket

and deploy

kubectl -n canarytrace create -f secret-aws.yml


  • setup for live logging to elasticsearch such as cluster and http.auth

and deploy

kubectl -n canarytrace create -f secret-elastic.yml


  • setup USERNAME and PASSWORD for logging to tested application

and deploy

kubectl -n canarytrace create -f secret-user.yml

Create secret with your id_rsa_no_pass for clone private git repository

kubectl -n canarytrace create secret generic secret-github --from-file=ssh-privatekey=/Users/rdpanek/.ssh/id_rsa_no_pass

Deploy CronJob with your monitor script

kubectl -n canarytrace create -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/canarytrace/demo-tests/master/k8s/tesla.yaml

Update environment variables of the deployment script with your monitor script

  • image: rdpanek/canarytrace:c.2.9.31 set latest tag of docker image with Canarytrace Professional or use your private docker repository
  • set revision of test in your git repository
value: "aaa9d40"
  • set name of test case
- name: SPEC
value: "tesla/smoke.js"
  • set URI of tested application
- name: BASE_URL
value: "https://www.tesla.com/"

All values for other environment variables are provided via secret-github, secret-elastic, secret-aws, secret-user, canary-config and canary-services


Filebeat logging all stdout and stderr streams from all Canarytrace docker containers in your cluster.

  • All data from Filebeat are stored to filebeat-* index

Manually debuging Canarytrace#

For manually debuging Canarytrace runner and other components in a docker containers - you can use command line tool kubectl for tail stdout and stderr streams from all containers in your Kubernetes cluster or Lens

Get logs from Canarytrace pod from your localhost
kubectl -n canary logs -f tesla-1597447320-2gg4r -c canary

This is easy for learning and maintanance Canarytrace containers, but not but not effective.

Filebeat provides#

  • Show all logs in a Kibana in real time - access to logos without knowledge with kubectl tool
  • Searching events, errors and other strings in a streams
  • Filtering by name of docker container
  • Create visualizations from events
  • Create alerting from events in a log by conditions

How to run Filebeat#

value: "https://elasticsearch-host"
value: "9243"
value: "elastic"
value: "pass"
  • Deploy kubectl apply -f deployments/beats/filebeat-logging.yaml

You can check filebeat logs, that it doesn't contain any error messages

kubectl -n kube-system get pods
// outpu
filebeat-cznq9 1/1 Running 0 9h
kube-proxy-gjp6p 1/1 Running 0 12d

Get logs from container with filebeat

kubectl -n kube-system logs -f filebeat-cznq9

Filebeat data browsing#

  • Open your Kibana > Discover and index filebeat-*

Filebeat logs in a Kibana

Search input

  • kubernetes.container.name : canary display stdout and stderr streams from Canarytrace runner docker container.
  • message: "testStepStart: HomePage open" for display all record which contains this string.

Filebeat log viewer#

  • Kibana contains a built-in log viewer
  • Open your Kibana > Observability > Logs

Filebeat log viewer