Travis CI is a Continuous Integration platform for GitHub projects.

Travis CI can run the projects' tests automatically whenever new code is pushed to the repo. This ensures that existing functionality and features have not been broken by the changes.

The current Travis CI set up performs the following things whenever someone push code to the repo:

  • Runs the ./gradlew clean headless allTests coverage coveralls -i command (see UsingGradle for more details on what this command means).

  • Renders documentation from asciidoc to html and automatically publishes them using GitHub Pages.

  • Runs additional repository-wide checks.

If you would like to customise your travis build further, you can learn more about Travis from Travis CI Documentation.

Setting up Travis CI

  1. Fork the repo to your own organization.

  2. Go to and click Sign in with GitHub, then enter your GitHub account details if needed.

    Signing into Travis CI

  3. Head to the Accounts page, and find the switch for the forked repository.

    • If the organization is not shown, click Review and add as shown below:

      Review and add

      This should bring you to a GitHub page that manages the access of third-party applications. Depending on whether you are the owner of the repository, you can either grant access

      Grant Access

      or request access

      Request Access

      to Travis CI so that it can access your commits and build your code.

    • If repository cannot be found, click Sync account

  4. Activate the switch.

    Activate the switch

  5. This repo comes with a .travis.yml that tells Travis what to do. So there is no need for you to create one yourself.

  6. To see the CI in action, push a commit to the master branch!

    • Go to the repository and see the pushed commit. There should be an icon which will link you to the Travis build.

      Commit build

    • As the build is run on a provided remote machine, we can only examine the logs it produces:

      Travis build

  7. If the build is successful, you should be able to check the coverage details of the tests at Coveralls

  8. Update the link to the 'build status' badge at the top of the README.adoc to point to the build status of your own repo.

Enabling auto-publishing of documentation

  1. Ensure that you have followed the steps above to set up Travis CI.

  2. On GitHub, create a new user account and give this account collaborator and admin access to the repo.
    Using this account, generate a personal access token here.

    Personal access tokens are like passwords so make sure you keep them secret! If the personal access token is leaked, please delete it and generate a new one.
    We use a new user account to generate the token for team projects to prevent team members from gaining access to other team members' repos.
    If you are the only one with write access to the repo, you can use your own account to generate the token.
    • Add a description for the token. (e.g. Travis CI - deploy docs to gh-pages)

    • Check the public_repo checkbox.

    • Click Generate Token and copy your new personal access token.

    We will use this token to grant Travis access to the repo.

    Generate token

  3. Head to the Accounts page, and find the switch for the forked repository.

    Activate the switch

  4. Click on the settings button next to the switch. In the Environment Variables section, add a new environment variable with

    • name: GITHUB_TOKEN

    • value: personal access token copied in step 1

    • Display value in build log: OFF

    Travis add token

    Make sure you set Display value in build log to OFF.
    Otherwise, other people will be able to see the personal access token and thus have access this repo.
    Similarly, make sure you do not print $GITHUB_TOKEN to the logs in Travis scripts as the logs are viewable by the public.
  5. Now, whenever there’s a new commit to master branch, Travis will push the latest documentation to gh-pages branch.

To verify that it works,

  1. Trigger Travis to regenerate documentation. To do so, you need to push a new commit to the master branch of the fork.
    Suggested change: Remove the codacy badge from README.

  2. Wait for Travis CI to finish running the build on your new commit.

  3. Go to the URL https://<your-username-or-organization-name> You should see your README file displayed.

Repository-wide checks

In addition to running Gradle checks, we also configure Travis CI to run some repository-wide checks. Unlike the Gradle checks which only cover files used in the build process, these repository-wide checks cover all files in the repository. They check for repository rules which are hard to enforce on development machines such as line ending requirements.

These checks are implemented as POSIX shell scripts, and thus can only be run on POSIX-compliant operating systems such as macOS and Linux. To run all checks locally on these operating systems, execute the following in the repository root directory:


Any warnings or errors will be printed out to the console.

Implementing new checks

Checks are implemented as executable check-* scripts within the config/travis/ directory. The script will automatically pick up and run files named as such.

Check scripts should print out errors in the following format:


where SEVERITY is either ERROR or WARN, FILENAME is the path to the file relative to the current directory, LINE is the line of the file where the error occurred and MESSAGE is the message explaining the error.

Check scripts must exit with a non-zero exit code if any errors occur.