Continuous Integration (CI)

In order to help validate your extension and ensure it's functional, the Extension SDK provides tools to help you setup continuous integration for your extension.


The Docker Desktop Action and the extension-test-helper library are both experimental.

Setup CI environment with GitHub Actions

You need Docker Desktop to be able to install and validate your extension. You can start Docker Desktop in GitHub Actions using the Docker Desktop Action, by adding the following to a workflow file:

  - id: start_desktop
    uses: docker/desktop-action/start@v0.1.0


This action supports only Github Action macOS runners at the moment. You need to specify runs-on: macOS-latest for your end to end tests.

Once the step has executed, the next steps use Docker Desktop and the Docker CLI to install and test the extension.

Validating your extension with Puppeteer

Once Docker Desktop starts in CI, you can build, install, and validate your extension with Jest and Puppeteer.

First, build and install the extension from your test:

import { DesktopUI } from "@docker/extension-test-helper";
import { exec as originalExec } from "child_process";
import * as util from "util";

export const exec = util.promisify(originalExec);

// keep a handle on the app to stop it at the end of tests
let dashboard: DesktopUI;

beforeAll(async () => {
  await exec(`docker build -t my/extension:latest .`, {
    cwd: "my-extension-src-root",

  await exec(`docker extension install -f my/extension:latest`);

Then open the Docker Dashboard and run some tests in your extension's UI:

describe("Test my extension", () => {
  test("should be functional", async () => {
    dashboard = await DesktopUI.start();

    const eFrame = await dashboard.navigateToExtension("my/extension");

    // use puppeteer APIs to manipulate the UI, click on buttons, expect visual display and validate your extension
    await eFrame.waitForSelector("#someElementId");

Finally, close the Docker Dashboard and uninstall your extension:

afterAll(async () => {
  await exec(`docker extension uninstall my/extension`);

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