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Acceptance Testing our gRPC Handlers

June 21, 2021

Course Instructor: Elliot Forbes

Hey Gophers! My name is Elliot and I'm the creator of TutorialEdge and I've been working with Go systems for roughly 5 years now.

Twitter: @Elliot_f

At this point, we have the gRPC service just about ready, we’ve validated the service is working as expected, but as we add more functionality to our service, we need to implement some acceptance tests to ensure that we don’t see regressions in our system over time.

In this video, we are going to be looking at implementing the first of our acceptance tests to validate our AddRocket gRPC endpoint!

Utils File

Let’s start off by creating a utils.go file within the test/ directory. This will contain all of the common functionality between our test suites and sets us up nicely should we start to add more functionality to our service.

// +acceptance

package test

import (


func GetClient() rocket.RocketServiceClient {
	var conn *grpc.ClientConn
	conn, err := grpc.Dial("localhost:50051", grpc.WithInsecure())
	if err != nil {
		log.Fatalf("could not connect: %s", err)

	rocketClient := rocket.NewRocketServiceClient(conn)
	return rocketClient

Acceptance Tests

With this in place, let’s now implement the first of our acceptance tests.

// +acceptance

package test

import (


type RocketTestSuite struct {

func (s *RocketTestSuite) TestAddRocket() {
	s.T().Run("adds a new rocket successfully", func(t *testing.T) {
		client := GetClient()
		resp, err := client.AddRocket(
				Rocket: &rocket.Rocket{
					Id:   "ae7b0bf0-fe75-4176-b20a-3ca1371f3226",
					Name: "V1",
					Type: "Falcon Heavy",
		assert.NoError(s.T(), err)
		assert.Equal(s.T(), "ae7b0bf0-fe75-4176-b20a-3ca1371f3226", resp.Rocket.Id)

func TestRocketService(t *testing.T) {
	suite.Run(t, new(RocketTestSuite))

Running Our Tests

In one terminal, let’s kick off our gRPC microservice and the postgres container using docker-compose:

$ docker-compose up --build

Next, let’s run our acceptance tests and hit our endpoints:

$ go test ./test -tags=acceptance -v
=== RUN   TestRocketService
=== RUN   TestRocketService/TestAddRocket
=== RUN   TestRocketService/TestAddRocket/adds_a_new_rocket_successfully
--- PASS: TestRocketService (0.02s)
    --- PASS: TestRocketService/TestAddRocket (0.02s)
        --- PASS: TestRocketService/TestAddRocket/adds_a_new_rocket_successfully (0.02s)
ok      github.com/TutorialEdge/go-grpc-services-course/test    0.380s

Awesome, we now have the first of our acceptance tests up and running for our gRPC microservice.