3.6 (Dec 20, 2021)
Jan 8, 2014
Dec 20, 2021 (Retired)
Antony Tran (antonyt)
Gil Megidish (gmegidish)
Radu Muresan (cavey79)
Vladimir Tišma (tishma)
Giltsl (giltsl)
Diego Perini (diegoperini)
Source code

TestFairy Gradle Plugin

This plugin integrates TestFairy platform with the Gradle build system. With this plugin, you can upload signed builds directly via command line, IntelliJ, Android Studio and other IDEs.


A typical TestFairy Gradle Plugin installation takes less than 1 minute.

Installation consists of adding the following lines to your build.gradle files:

// Project's build.gradle
buildscript {
    repositories {
        maven { url 'https://www.testfairy.com/maven' }
    dependencies {
        classpath 'com.testfairy.plugins.gradle:testfairy:3.+'

// App module's build.gradle
apply plugin: 'testfairy'
testfairyConfig {
    apiKey "1234567890abcdef"
    uploadProguardMapping true    

NOTE: Your TestFairy API key is in your account settings


With the plugin installed, a set of new tasks, prefixed "testfairy" will be added, one for each build type.

For example: to upload a debug build, run the following from terminal:

gradlew testfairyDebug

Optionally, you can add a changelog to this build. This changelog will appear in your build notes and as a default message when inviting testers. For example:

gradlew -PtestfairyChangelog="Fixed all bugs" testfairyDebug

Similarly, you can also tag your releases like below. Tags given like this are merged with others from the plugin configuration.

gradlew -PtestfairyTags="feature1,feature2,alpha" testfairyDebug

Uploading Crash Symbols

Android projects using native libraries are likely to turn on compiler flags which strip symbol names from the final binaries. In release builds, these configurations result in crash reports with illegible stack trace lines. In order to reveal the symbols in a stripped build's crash report, you must upload a collection of your symbols to TestFairy.

With the plugin installed, a set of new tasks, prefixed "testfairyNdk" will be added, one for each build type.

  • To upload native symbols, run: ./gradlew testfairyNdkDebug in your project root.

Additional Parameters

This Gradle plugin uploads APK artifacts to TestFairy for distribution. We strongly suggest you also integrate the TestFairy SDK. Additional parameters control the default behavior of newly uploaded builds:

Property Description
apiKey API key used for uploading
video Should record video? Values: on/off/wifi (default: on)
videoQuality Image quality of video. Values: high/medium/low (default: medium)
testersGroups Comma seperated list of testers-groups to invite
notify Should send emails to these testers? Values: true/false (default: true)
autoUpdate Display and enable auto update for testers using older versions? Values: true/false (default: false)
recordOnBackground Should record metrics even if app is in background (Android only)? Values: true/false (default: false)
tags Comma separated list of tag strings which will be attached to current build

Using a Web Proxy

Behind a firewall at work? TestFairy Gradle Plugin supports HTTP proxy via "http.proxyHost" system property. Please refer to the Accessing The Web Via a Proxy section in the Gradle user guide document.

Android Studio / IntelliJ

This plugin is also Android Studio and Intellij-friendly. To upload builds directly from your IDE:

  1. Open "Edit Configuration..." dialog

  1. Add a new Gradle configuration, use task "testfairyDebug" or another, depending on your build type.

Migrating from 2.x to 3.x

Version 3.0 deprecated the support for gradle plugins older than 3.4 and Android Studio build tools older than 5.1.1.

To migrate, simply upgrade those dependencies in your module's build.gradle and gradle-wrapper.properties files.

Migrating from 1.x to 2.x

Version 2.0 deprecated the support for instrumentation. Please use the TestFairy SDK to record sessions, auto-update versions, and handle crashes.

To migrate, simply re-integrate the plugin into your module's build.gradle file.

  • iconWatermark has been removed


3.6 (2021-12-20)

  • Updated core frameworks.

3.5 (2020-01-20)

  • Added more heuristics to find output APK file.

3.4 (2020-01-16)

  • Added -PtestfairyTags CLI parameter.
  • Removed deprecated Gradle API usage.

3.3 (2019-12-31)

  • Added tags and custom plugin parameters.

3.2 (2019-12-05)

  • Added a new task to upload NDK symbols to TestFairy.

3.0 (2019-05-20)

  • Added support for latest Gradle and Android Plugin (3.4+ and 5.1.1+ respectively)

2.0 (2017-09-01)

  • Added support for latest Gradle and Android Plugin
  • Added support for Android Studio 3
  • Removed support for instrumentation
  • Removed dependency for zipaplign and jarsigner
  • Removed iconWatermark

1.12 (2015-02-04)

  • Removed dependency for 'zip' command.
  • Zipalign signed APK before uploading.
  • Compatible with JDK 1.6.


  • Install IntelliJ IDEA.
  • Install Groovy SDK if IntelliJ fails importing groovy dependencies. (only affects static analysis)
  • Open project and setup latest Groovy SDK and Java SDK (1.8) path.
  • Sync.

To test the plugin after code change, run:

export TF_API_KEY=${{ secrets.TF_API_KEY }}

./gradlew uploadArchives
cd example/TestApplication
./gradlew testfairyDebug


Please send bug reports to support@testfairy.com