Legacy Documentation
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Using the Local Engine (APIF-Local)

apif-local-Local is the API Fortress local engine. The objective of this program is to allow developers to run API Fortress tests on their computers, and to validate the tests being developed locally.


  • A modern Linux/Mac/Windows computer
  • Java 8


  1. Make sure Java 8 is installed and is present in the command line path
  2. Unzip the file provided by our team in a location that is convenient to you


The only essential key in the configuration is the license. Everything else can be provided on the command line. We do, however, suggest you configure the tool properly once you get accustomed to it and start using it regularly. Example:
license: 'abcabcabc'
- key: examples
  url: https://mastiff.apifortress.com/app/api/rest/v3/abcabc-123-123-123
    username: info@example.com
    password: password1

- key: local
  url: http://mydeployment.com:8080/app/api/rest/v3/abcabcabc-123-123-123
    username: john@doe.com
    password: password1
In this example, we configured two different hooks, related to two different API Fortress instances. The value of the “key” can be used to reference a profile without the need to explicitly introduce the hook URL and credentials every time in the command line. The configuration file can be placed in multiple locations, based on your preferences. The priority check is the following:
  1. A path provided in the command line
  2. The current working directory
  3. The directory where apif-local.jar resides
  4. A .apifortress sub-directory in the user’s home directory

apif-local – Download

java -jar apif-local.jar download [hook] <options>
This mode allows you to download full projects, or, selectively, tests, vault and environments, from an API Fortress platform instance. See apif-local.jar help for details about the possible switches. Examples:
java -jar apif-local.jar download examples -l /tmp/stuff
Will download the full project represented by they key “examples” in the directory /tmp/stuff.
java -jar apif-local.jar download examples -l /tmp/stuff -v
Will download just the project’s vault.

apif-local – Run

java -jar apif-local.jar run [path] <options>
Runs an API Fortress test, located in the local file system. See apif-local.jar help for details about the possible switches. The expected file system should look like the following:
         | unit.xml
         | input.xml
         | unit.xml
         | input.xml
Every test is represented by a directory, containing an input.xml and a unit.xml file. This exact format is also followed by apif-local – Download. Examples:
java -jar apif-local.jar run any_directory/api_fortress_tests/simple_test_1
Will run the test simple_test_1.
java -jar apif-local.jar run any_directory/api_fortress_tests -r
Will run all the tests contained in the api_fortress_tests directory.