AirGun is a Python library which is build over Widgetastic and navmazing to make Satellite 6 UI testing easier.

AirGun is written in Python 3 and do not plan to support Python 2. AirGun supports Satellite 6.4 and above and Foreman 1.17 and above (with vertical navigation).

This page provides a summary of information about AirGun.

More in-depth coverage is provided in other sections.


Besides code which implements Widgetastic and navmazing functionality, two basic concepts used to abstract Satellite/Foreman UI functionality are Views and Entities.

View is fundamental basic concept that describes appearance of the page. Here we store all information about controls (widgets) on the page, specifically locators to them or when control is basic one that has common locator we just define widget without any further details. Of course, we try to address locators using id= or name= as first priority, but if we can’t - we go with XPath. If you see situation like this - create Foreman or Katello pull request to assign unique id attribute for necessary element where it is reasonable, as XPaths are more fragile and has worse performance to interact with.

Entity is fundamental basic concept that is responsible for functional side of application (Satellite in our case). It defines actions you can do with objects like CRUD (create, remove, update, delete) for example. That is only API that is visible for end user on test side. Also, we put all details about navigation here, so framework knows how to get to necessary page when you need to create specific object in the application.

AirGun adds bunch of widgets (which are specific to Satellite / Foreman web UI) to these defined by Widgetastic (like generic Text). Widgets allows you to interact with various UI elements and are used in views.

And finally tests. Tests are not part of AirGun repository. You can contribute tests to the Robottelo, tests/foreman/ ui folder (see “Quick start guide” below).

Quick start guide

  1. Clone Robottelo:

git clone
  1. Install requirements

cd robottelo && pip install -r requirements.txt

3. Create file and fill it with your values (your may reuse already existing properties file since no changes were introduced there)

  1. Run airgun tests from Robottelo’s tests/foreman/ui/ folder

pytest tests/foreman/ui/


Good practice when working with Python project as AirGun is to work in Python’s virtual environments. To initiate and activate them before running pip … commands run:

virtualenv venv   # on Fedora you might need to use `virtualenv-3` if you have Python 2 as a default on your system
source venv/bin/activate

If you are about to start contributing, please follow GitHub flow.

For a new-comer, we have issues tagged with “good first issue” so that might be place where you can start?

When testing your AirGun code using Robottelo tests, you can make sure your development checkout of Airgun is used (instead the one installed in your Robottelo virtual environment) by setting PYTHONPATH properly (you can add that line at the end of your virtual environment activation script venv/bin/activate so it is set automatically next time you source it):

export PYTHONPATH="/home/username/workspace/airgun/:$PYTHONPATH"

When you are running your tests locally, you will need Chrome browser installed and chromedriver (download and unzip it) binary location set in webdriver_binary= configuration option in your (or make it available somewhere in your PATH, e.g. in Robottelo venv/bin/).

As of now, only chromedriver is supported.