Stop time

Time measurement during a test can be very helpful. The action creates and monitors multiple time lines. The action offers the attribute id to identify a time line. The tester can of course use more than one time line with different ids simultaneously.

Read the next example and you will understand the mix of different time lines:


<testcase name="StopTimeTest">

    <trace-time id="time_line_id"/>

    <sleep seconds="3.5"/>

    <trace-time id=" time_line_id "/>

    <sleep milliseconds="5000"/>


    <trace-time id=" time_line_id "/>

Java DSL

public void stopTimeTest() {
    sleep(3.5); // do something
    sleep(5000); // do something

The test output looks like follows:

Starting TimeWatcher:
Starting TimeWatcher: time_line_id
TimeWatcher time_line_id after 3500 milliseconds
TimeWatcher after 8500 seconds
TimeWatcher time_line_id after 8500 milliseconds

Important Time line ids should not exist as test variables before the action is called for the first time. This would break the time line initialization.

Note In case no time line id is specified the framework will measure the time for a default time line. To print out the current elapsed time for a time line you simply have to place the ` action into the action chain again and again, using the respective time line identifier. The elapsed time will be printed out to the console every time.

Each time line is stored as test variable in the test case. By default you will have the following test variables set for each time line:

  • CITRUS_TIMELINE first timestamp of time line
  • CITRUS_TIMELINE_VALUE latest time measurement value (time passed since first timestamp in milliseconds)

According to your time line id you will get different test variable names. Also you can customize the time value suffix (default: _VALUE):


<trace-time id="custom_watcher" suffix="_1st"/>
<trace-time id="custom_watcher" suffix="_2nd"/>

Java DSL

stopTime("custom_watcher", "_1st");
stopTime("custom_watcher", "_2nd");

You will get following test variables set:

  • custom_watcher first timestamp of time line
  • custom_watcher_1st time passed since start
  • custom_watcher_2nd time passed since start

Of course using the same suffix multiple times will overwrite the timestamps in test variables.