Viewing Plugin Results

The sonobuoy results command can be used to print the results of a plugin without first having to extract the files from the tarball.

Canonical Data Format

Plugin results undergo post-processing on the server to produce a tree-like file which contains information about the tests run (or files generated) by the plugin. This is the file which enables sonobuoy results to present reports to the user and navigate the tarball effectively.

Currently, plugins are specified as either producing junit results (like the e2e plugin) or raw results (like the systemd-logs plugin).

To see this file directly you can either open the tarball and look for plugins/<name>/sonobuoy_results.yaml or run:

sonobuoy results $tarball --mode=dump

Working with any Plugin

By default, the command produces a human-readable report corresponding to the e2e plugin. However, you can specify other plugins by name. For example:

$ sonobuoy results $tarball --plugin systemd-logs
Plugin: systemd-logs
Status: passed
Total: 1
Passed: 1
Failed: 0
Skipped: 0

In the above output, notice that even though the systemd-logs plugin doesn’t run “tests” per se, each file produced by the plugin is reported on: a readable file is reported as a success.

Detailed Results

If you would like to view or script around the individual tests/files, use the --mode detailed flag. In the case of junit tests, it will write a list of json objects which can be piped to other commands or saved to another file.

To see the passed tests, one approach would be:

$ sonobuoy results $tarball --mode=detailed | jq 'select(.status=="passed")'

To list the conformance tests, one approach would be:

$ sonobuoy results $tarball --mode=detailed|jq 'select(.name | contains("[Conformance]"))'

When dealing with non-junit plugins, the --mode detailed results will print the file output with a prefix that reports on the nature/location of the file:

$ sonobuoy results $tarball --mode=detailed --plugin systemd-logs|head -n1
systemd-logs|kind-control-plane|systemd_logs {"_HOSTNAME":"kind-control-plane",...}

The prefix is telling you that this result came from the “systemd-logs” plugin, was from the “kind-control-plane” node, and the filename was “systemd_logs”.

If you had multiple nodes, you could look at just one by adding the --node flag. It walks the result tree and will return only results rooted from the given node:

$ sonobuoy results $tarball --mode=detailed --plugin systemd-logs --node=kind-control-plane|head -n1
kind-control-plane|systemd_logs {"_HOSTNAME":"kind-control-plane",...}

Now if you wanted to script around the actual file output (in this case it is json), you wouldn’t want to keep that prefix around. Just add the --skip-prefix flag to get only the raw file output so that you can manipulate it easily:

$ sonobuoy results $tarball --mode=detailed --plugin systemd-logs --node=kind-control-plane --skip-prefix|head -n1|jq .MESSAGE


  • sonobuoy results can show you results of a plugin without extracting the tarball
    • Plugins are either junit or raw type currently
    • When viewing junit results, json data is dumped for each test
    • When viewing raw results, file contents are dumped directly
  • Use the --mode flag to see either report, detail, or dump level data
  • Use the --node flag to view results rooted at a different location
  • Use the --skip-prefix flag to print only file output

Getting Started

To help you get started, see the documentation.