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GitLab CI template for k6 loading test

This project implements a GitLab CI/CD template to run your automated load-testing with k6.


This template can be used both as a CI/CD component or using the legacy include:project syntax.

Use as a CI/CD component

Add the following to your gitlab-ci.yml:

  # 1: include the component
  - component:
    # 2: set/override component inputs
      review-enabled: true # ⚠ this is only an example

Use as a CI/CD template (legacy)

Add the following to your gitlab-ci.yml:

  # 1: include the template
  - project: 'to-be-continuous/k6'
    ref: '3.4.2'
    file: '/templates/gitlab-ci-k6.yml'

  # 2: set/override template variables
  REVIEW_ENABLED: "true" # ⚠ this is only an example

⚠ depending on your needs and environment, you might have to use one of the template variants.

k6 job

This job starts k6 tests.

It uses the following variables:

Input / Variable Description Default value
image / K6_IMAGE The Docker image used to run k6
tests-dir / K6_TESTS_DIR The k6 tests directory k6
extra-args / K6_EXTRA_ARGS k6 extra command-line none
review-enabled / REVIEW_ENABLED Set to true to enable k6 tests on review environments (dynamic environments instantiated on development branches) none (disabled)

In addition to a textual report in the console, this job produces the following reports, kept for one day:

Report Format Usage
reports/k6-*.summary.json k6 summary report(s) GitLab integration
reports/k6-*.native.json k6 JSON detailed stats -

Load performance report integration

k6 test reports are integrated to GitLab by generating load performance reports.

This is done using the following CLI options: --out json=reports/

Base URL auto evaluation

By default, the k6 template tries to auto-evaluate the base URL (i.e. the variable pointing at server under test) by looking either for a $environment_url variable or for an environment_url.txt file.

Therefore if an upstream job in the pipeline deployed your code to a server and propagated the deployed server url, either through a dotenv variable $environment_url or through a basic environment_url.txt file, then the k6 test will automatically be run on this server.

⚠ all our deployment templates implement this design. Therefore even purely dynamic environments (such as review environments) will automatically be propagated to your k6 tests.

In order to use the auto-evaluated base URL, you shall use the base_url environment variable from your k6 scripts.


import http from 'k6/http';
import {check, sleep} from 'k6';

export default function() {
  const data = {username: 'username', password: 'password'};
  let res =, data);
    check(res, { 'success login': (r) => r.status === 200 });