Test Management Tool


The tmt tool provides a user-friendly way to work with tests. You can comfortably create new tests, safely and easily run tests across different environments, review test results, debug test code and enable tests in the CI using a consistent and concise config.

The python module and command-line tool implement the Metadata Specification which allows storing all needed test execution data directly within a git repository. Together with possibility to reference remote repositories it makes it easy to share test coverage across projects and distros.

The Flexible Metadata Format fmf is used to store data in both human and machine readable way close to the source code. Thanks to inheritance and elasticity metadata are organized in the structure efficiently, preventing unnecessary duplication.


There are several metadata levels defined by the specification:

Core attributes such as summary or description which are common across all levels are defined by the special L0 metadata.

Tests, or L1 metadata, define attributes which are closely related to individual test cases such as test script, framework, directory path where the test should be executed, maximum test duration or packages required to run the test.

Plans, also called L2 metadata, are used to group relevant tests and enable them in the CI. They describe how to discover tests for execution, how to provision the environment, how to prepare it for testing, how to execute tests and report test results.

Stories, which implement the L3 metadata, can be used to track implementation, test and documentation coverage for individual features or requirements. Thanks to this you can track everything in one place, including the project implementation progress.


Command line usage is straightforward:

tmt command [options]


Let’s see which tests, plans and stories are available:


Initialize the metadata tree in the current directory, optionally with example content based on templates:

tmt init
tmt init --template base

Run all or selected steps for each plan:

tmt run
tmt run discover
tmt run prepare execute

List tests, show details, check against the specification:

tmt test ls
tmt test show
tmt test lint

Create a new test, import test metadata from other formats:

tmt test create
tmt test import

List plans, show details, check against the specification:

tmt plan ls
tmt plan show
tmt plan lint

List stories, check details, show coverage status:

tmt story ls
tmt story show
tmt story coverage

Many commands support regular expression filtering and other specific options:

tmt story ls cli
tmt story show create
tmt story coverage --implemented

Check help message of individual commands for the full list of available options.


Here is the list of the most frequently used commands and options.


The run command is used to execute test steps. By default all test steps are run. See the L2 Metadata specification for detailed description of individual steps. Here is a brief overview:


Gather information about test cases to be executed.


Provision an environment for testing or use localhost.


Prepare the environment for testing.


Run tests using the specified executor.


Provide test results overview and send reports.


Perform the finishing tasks and clean up provisioned guests.


Manage tests (L1 metadata). Check available tests, inspect their metadata, gather old metadata from various sources and stored them in the new fmf format.


List available tests.


Show test details.


Check tests against the L1 metadata specification.


Create a new test based on given template.


Convert old test metadata into the new fmf format.


Manage test plans (L2 metadata). Search for available plans. Explore detailed test step configuration.


List available plans.


Show plan details.


Check plans against the L2 metadata specification.


Manage user stories. Check available user stories. Explore coverage (test, implementation, documentation).


List available stories.


Show story details.


Show code, test and docs coverage for given stories.


Export selected stories into desired format.


Various utility options.

--root PATH

Path to the metadata tree, current directory used by default.


Print additional information.


Turn on debugging output.

Check help message of individual commands for the full list of available options.


The main tmt package provides the core features with a minimal set of dependencies:

sudo dnf install tmt

In order to enable additional functionality, such as particular provision or report plugins, install the respective subpackage:

sudo dnf install tmt-test-convert
sudo dnf install tmt-report-html
sudo dnf install tmt-provision-container
sudo dnf install tmt-provision-virtual

If you don’t care about disk space and want to have all available features right at hand install everything:

sudo dnf install tmt-all

For CentOS and RHEL, first make sure that you have available the EPEL repository. You might also have to enable additional repositories:

sudo dnf config-manager --enable powertools  # CentOS 8
sudo dnf config-manager --enable rhel-CRB    # RHEL 8
sudo dnf install

sudo dnf config-manager --enable crb         # CentOS 9
sudo dnf config-manager --enable rhel-CRB    # RHEL 9
sudo dnf install

sudo dnf install tmt

For plugins which cannot work outside of VPN and so live within its walls you need to enable the internal copr repository first. Then you can install either everything or only those you need:

sudo dnf install tmt-redhat-all
sudo dnf install tmt-redhat-*

Impatient to try the fresh features as soon as possible? Install the latest greatest version from the copr repository:

sudo dnf copr enable psss/tmt
sudo dnf install tmt

Not sure, just want to try out how it works? Experiment safely and easily inside a container:

podman run -it --rm bash
podman run -it --rm bash

When installing using pip you might need to install additional packages on your system:

sudo dnf install gcc redhat-rpm-config
sudo dnf install {python3,libvirt,krb5,libpq}-devel
pip install --user tmt

On other distributions than Fedora or RHEL the package names might be different. For example on Ubuntu to install all packages to have provision plugins working:

sudo apt install libkrb5-dev pkg-config libvirt-dev genisoimage qemu-kvm libvirt-daemon-system
pip install --user "tmt[provision]"

Note: You can omit the --user flag if in a virtual environment.

Shell Completion

The rpm package includes a system wide script which enables the command line completion for bash so no additional config should be needed. If you use a different installation method or prefer another shell, see the instructions below.

For Bash, add this to ~/.bashrc:

eval "$(_TMT_COMPLETE=source_bash tmt)"

For Zsh, add this to ~/.zshrc:

eval "$(_TMT_COMPLETE=source_zsh tmt)"

For Fish, add this to ~/.config/fish/completions/

eval (env _TMT_COMPLETE=source_fish tmt)

Open a new shell to enable completion. Or run the eval command directly in your current shell to enable it temporarily.

This is however run every time you start a shell which can cause some delay. To speed it up, write the generated script to a file and then source it from your shell’s configuration file. All of this can be achieved using tmt setup completion command. By default, it outputs the completion script to the terminal but it can also add it to your ~/.bashrc or ~/.zshrc using the --install option:

tmt setup completion {bash, zsh, fish} --install

Exit Codes

The following exit codes are returned from tmt run. Note that you can use the --quiet option to completely disable output and only check for the exit code.


At least one test passed, there was no fail, warn or error.


There was a fail or warn identified, but no error.


Errors occured during test execution.


No test results found.


The following environment variables can be used to modify behaviour of the tmt command.


Enable the desired debug level. Most of the commands support levels from 1 to 3. However, some of the plugins go even deeper when needed.


Path to a directory with additional plugins. Multiple paths separated with the : character can be provided as well.


Path to root directory containing run workdirs. Defaults to /var/tmp/tmt.


Disable colors in the output, both the actual output and logging messages. Output only plain, non-colored text.

Two variables are accepted, one with the usual TMT_ prefix, but tmt accepts also NO_COLOR to support the NO_COLOR effort, see for more information.


Enforce colors in the output, both the actual output and logging messages. Might come handy when tmt’s output streams are not terminal-like, yet its output would be displayed by tools with ANSI color support. This is often the case of various CI systems.

Note that TMT_FORCE_COLOR takes priority over NO_COLOR and TMT_NO_COLOR. If user tries both to disable and enable colorization, output would be colorized.

The following environment variables are provided to the environment during prepare, execute and finish steps:


The full path of the working directory where the metadata tree is copied. This usually contains the whole git repository from which tests have been executed.


Path to the common directory used for storing logs and other artifacts related to the whole plan execution. It is pulled back from the guest and available for inspection after the plan is completed.

The following environment variables are provided to the test during the execution:


The test name, as a resolved FMF object name starting with / from the root of the hierarchy.


Path to the directory where test can store logs and other artifacts generated during its execution. These will be pulled back from the guest and available for inspection after the test execution is finished.


The serial number of running test in the whole plan. Each test is assigned its own serial number.


Path to a YAML-formatted file with test metadata collected during the discover step.


Path to directory with downloaded and extracted sources if the dist-git-source option was used in the discover step.


During the test execution the tmt-reboot command can be used to request reboot of the guest. This variable contains number of reboots which already happened during the test. Value is set to 0 if no reboot occurred.

In order to keep backward-compatibility with older tests, rhts-reboot and rstrnt-reboot commands are supported for requesting the reboot, variables REBOOTCOUNT and RSTRNT_REBOOTCOUNT contain number of reboots as well.


The hostname of the guest on which the test is running, and the multihost role of the guest, if it was specified in plan’s provision step, via role key.


Space-separated list of guests of a given role. Each known role spawns a variable, listing the corresponding guests. For example, for guests with role: foo, TMT_ROLE_foo=guest1 guest2 ... variable would be available to tests.


A legacy variable, exported for the backward compatibility. It contains a list of all guests on which the test is running at the moment.

This variable will be removed in the future, it is supported only to make multihost prototype support easier to verify as many current tests were developed with Restraint.


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