Payara Server Remote Arquillian Container

The Payara Server Remote Arquillian container connects to a running remote Payara Server Community instance for integration testing using a remote protocol. You can use your normal Payara deployment to perform your test. The integration connects Arquillian to the DAS via the REST Interfaces to Administer Payara Server Community over http or https protocol. This gives you the flexibility to use any possible deployment scenarios having your servers either on many different physical or virtual nodes, or on the same one.


The Payara Server Remote Arquillian container can be found on Maven Central, and can be included in your project using the following Maven coordinates:


You can find the latest artifact version from here.

Configuring the Container

The following configuration options are available, each of which can be provided through the specified system properties in the Arquillian JVM:

Table 1. Configuration Options
Name Description Default


You can use it to specify whether the http or https protocol shall be used to access the DAS. The property value can be true or false.



The host to be used to access Payara Admin API.



The port to be used to access Payara Admin API.



If true, basic access authentication is enabled. And indicates that remote server requires an adminUser & adminPassword.



The name of the admin user of your DAS. If omitted, no authentication will be used to access the DAS. In this case the adminPassword property should also be empty.



The password of the admin user of your DAS. Cannot be omitted if you declare the admin user. If no authentication will be used to access the DAS you must have empty password for your admin user of your domain.



A comma-separated list of library JAR files. Specify the library JAR files by their relative or absolute paths. Specify relative paths relative to domain-dir/lib/applibs. The libraries are made available to the application in the order specified.



Optional keyword-value pair that specify additional properties for the deployment. The available properties are determined by the implementation of the component that is being deployed.



Payara has a notion of a target, which specifies the target to which you are deploying. We use the "target" as property key with the same semantics as the standard Payara utilities do.

Valid values of the target are:

- server: Deploys the component to the default Admin Server instance (on your DAS server). This is the default value if the property is omitted.

- instance_name: Deploys the component to the specified stand-alone sever instance, which may be on the same hosts or can be on a different one as the DAS server.

- cluster_name: Deploys the component to every server instance in the cluster. They can be on the same or on several other hosts as the DAS server. Note: Arquillian use only one instance to run the test case.

The domain name as a target is not a reasonable deployment scenario in case of testing.

The HOST address and port numbers of the test server instance used by Arquillian (determined by the target property) been retrieved automatically from the DAS server. You have to make them accessible for your test environment (consider any firewall or proxy configuration).


The context root that will be used to run the tests is also retrieved automatically from the DAS server. If you do not have a sun-web.xml, glassfish-web.xml or payara-web.xml file in your web application, Payara will use the name of your deployment without the extension as context root. The same rule is applied for enterprise applications if there is no application.xml file. The jar test-deployments are treated as a web application. You can use the above standard GlassFish / Payara XML files as normal to declare your context root to be applied. You should consider the above description to avoid any conflict with your already deployed web or enterprise applications in your administrative domain.

The easiest way to provide these system properties to the extension runtime is through the surefire plugin.