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), raw results (like the systemd-logs plugin), or you can specify your own results file in the format used by Sonobuoy by specifying the option manual.

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

Providing results manually

When creating a plugin, you can choose to have your plugin write its results in the same format as the Sonobuoy results metadata. This allows you to take advantage of the sonobuoy results workflow even if your plugin doesn’t produce output in one of the other supported formats.

When using this option, Sonobuoy will process files in the Sonobuoy result format and perform any necessary aggregation to produce a single report for your plugin. How these results are aggregated depends on how many result files your plugin produces and whether or not the plugin is a Job or DaemonSet plugin.

To use this feature, you must set the result-type to manual in the plugin definition. When gathering the results files to aggregate, Sonobuoy will look for files listed in the result-files array entry in the plugin definition, or if no files are provided, it will look for a sonobuoy_results.yaml file in the results directory. When using this mode, any files written to the results directory will still be available in the results tarball however only the plugin result-files or the sonobuoy_results.yaml file will be used when generating the results metadata.

The following is an example of a plugin definition using manual results:

  driver: Job
  plugin-name: manual-results-plugin
  result-format: manual
    - manual-results-1.yaml
    - manual-results-2.yaml
  - ./run.sh
  image: custom-image:latest
  name: plugin
  resources: {}
  - mountPath: /tmp/results
    name: results

Manual results format

The format for manual results is the same as the format used by Sonobuoy when writing its results metadata. It is a tree-like recursive data structure, where child nodes are the same type as the parent node, allowing nesting of items. The definition for this format can be found here.

Each result item comprises:

  • name: string
  • status: string
  • meta: map of string to string
  • details: map of string to interface{}
  • items: array of item

An example of this format is given below:

name: manual-results-plugin
status: custom-status
  type: summary
- name: Manual test suite
  status: complete
  - name: Manual test
    status: custom-status-1
      stdout: "stdout from the test"
        - message from the test
        - another message
  - name: Another manual test
    status: custom-status-2
      stderr: "stderr from the test"

The format is flexible, with no restrictions on the values used for each of the fields.

Manual results aggregation

Sonobuoy will aggregate the results from any manual results files that it processes. Like other plugins, it will aggregate all the results that it processes into a single results metadata file.

Each manual result file processed by Sonobuoy will be collected to form the items entry in the aggregated results file. In the case of a DaemonSet plugin, any manual result files will be grouped by the node from which they were retrieved.

The aggregated status for a plugin will be based on the status reported within each manual result file. In the case where the same status is found across all result files, that will be the reported status for the plugin. Where a plugin produces multiple results files and multiple different statuses are reported, the aggregate status for the plugin will be the status from each file grouped by count into a single human readable format. It will take the form of status: count, status: count, .... For DaemonSet plugins, where results files will be generated for each node, the status will be aggregated for each node in addition to the overall summary level.


  • sonobuoy results can show you results of a plugin without extracting the tarball
    • Plugins are either junit, gojson, raw or manual type currently
    • When viewing junit results, json data is dumped for each test
    • When viewing gojson results, json data is dumped for each test
    • When viewing raw results, file contents are dumped directly
    • When viewing manual results, results are included as provided by the plugin
  • 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.