Pantheon GitHub PR/CI/Behat Workflow Using Lando

GitHub PR - Composer - CI Service workflows are all the rage these days and Pantheon has some docs on how to get rolling with a version of this.

Here is another way to get a nice PR based workflow using Lando that:

  1. Uses GitHub for pull requests
  2. Runs tests like Behat
  3. Pushes code back to Pantheon when pull requests are merged

Before you get started you will want to have

  1. A vanilla Pantheon D8 site (dont use a preexisting site because we will be overwriting it!!!)
  2. An empty GitHub repo
  3. A Travis project that is set to track the repo in 2.

Getting Your Code Into GitHub

You can start by cloning our example workflow repo and then pushing it up to the GitHub repo you created earlier.

# Get our example
git clone my-site
cd my-site

# Set up a remote and push back to your repo
git remote add gh
git push gh master

# Remove the original origin remote and replace with yours
git remote remove origin
git remote remove gh
git remote add origin

You should now have a copy of our example pushed up to your new GitHub repo.

Lando-ifying Your Repo

Now we want to update the default .lando.yml that ships with our example so it is tied to the Pantheon site you created earlier.

# Update the lando.yml with info about your site
# Go through the interactive prompts
lando init --recipe=pantheon

# Or run it non-interactively
lando init --recipe=pantheon --pantheon-auth=MYPANTHEONMACHINETOKEN --pantheon-site=MYPANTHEONSITEMACHINENAME

# Start up your app
lando start

# Pull down your database and files
lando pull

You should be able to see your site locally now.

Configuring Behat and Travis


You will have to make two small edits in your .lando.yml file to make sure your behat tests run smoothly. Eventually we will eliminate this step but for now you need to do things manually. You will want to make a note of two things:

  1. Docker Compose assigns hostnames to your services under the hood. When running Behat, we are executing PHP from within the appserver service, and we are attempting to access the website over HTTP via the nginx service. Since the nginx service is available over the network at http://nginx/, PHP can access the site at that hostname. You can find more information about your services using lando info.
  2. The webroot of your app INSIDE LANDO, usually either /app or /app/web.

You will want to edit the BEHAT_PARAMS variable in .lando.yml and replace base_url and root with 1. and 2. from above.

BEHAT_PARAMS: '{"extensions" : {"Behat\\MinkExtension" : {"base_url" : "http://nginx/"}, "Drupal\\DrupalExtension" : {"drush" :   {  "root":  "/app/web" }}}}'

And then restart your app with lando restart. Once restarted you should be able to run behat tests locally.

lando behat --config=/app/tests/behat-pantheon.yml


You will need to generate an encrypted environment variable containing your Pantheon machine token. The easiest way to do this is with the travis cli tool.

# Reset the encrypted token with your machine token
# Note: It's probably a good idea to manually remove the first secure envvar in
# In your .travis.yml file after this

Push to GitHub and first Travis run

Now you should be in business! Commit these changes, push to your GitHub and watch your tests run in Travis.

git add -A
git commit -m "All the Lando magic"
git push origin master

If you've set up your Travis to track your project already you should see a build happening that looks like this.

Deploy Back to Pantheon

Eventually this example will include an auto-deploy feature so that any PR merged into master makes its way back to Pantheon. In the meantime we recommend you do something like this.

Full Example

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