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Browser Performance Testing with the Sitespeed.io container

This example shows how to run the Sitespeed.io container on your code by using GitLab CI/CD and Sitespeed.io using Docker-in-Docker.

First, you need a GitLab Runner with the docker-in-docker executor.

Once you set up the Runner, add a new job to .gitlab-ci.yml, called performance:

  stage: performance
  image: docker:git
  services:
    - docker:dind
  script:
    - mkdir sitespeed-results
    - docker run --shm-size=1g --rm -v "$(pwd)":/sitespeed.io sitespeedio/sitespeed.io --outputFolder sitespeed-results https://my.website.com
  artifacts:
    paths:
    - sitespeed-results/

This will create a performance job in your CI/CD pipeline and will run Sitespeed.io against the webpage you define. The full HTML Sitespeed.io report will be saved as an artifact, and if you have Pages enabled it can be viewed directly in your browser. For further customization options of Sitespeed.io, including the ability to provide a list of URLs to test, please consult their documentation.

For GitLab Enterprise Edition Premium users, a performance score can be automatically extracted and shown right in the merge request widget. Learn more about Browser Performance Testing.

Performance testing on Review Apps

The above CI YML is great for testing against static environments, and it can be extended for dynamic environments. There are a few extra steps to take to set this up:

  1. The performance job should run after the environment has started.
  2. In the deploy job, persist the hostname so it is available to the performance job. The same can be done for static environments like staging and production to unify the code path. Saving it as an artifact is as simple as echo $CI_ENVIRONMENT_URL > environment_url.txt.
  3. In the performance job read the artifact into an environment variable, like $CI_ENVIRONMENT_URL, and use it to parameterize the test URL's.
  4. Now you can run the Sitespeed.io container against the desired hostname and paths.

A simple performance job would look like:

  stage: performance
  image: docker:git
  services:
    - docker:dind
  script:
    - export CI_ENVIRONMENT_URL=$(cat environment_url.txt)
    - mkdir sitespeed-results
    - docker run --shm-size=1g --rm -v "$(pwd)":/sitespeed.io sitespeedio/sitespeed.io --outputFolder sitespeed-results $CI_ENVIRONMENT_URL
  artifacts:
    paths:
    - sitespeed-results/