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Run tests in CLI using Akto

You can also run Akto testing module on your CLI.

When to use

  • You can use the CLI if you want to run Akto tests locally on any API Collection.
  • The results from the CLI are NOT saved in Akto dashboard.
  • It is best used when developers want to run tests locally before committing to their branch. Note that the application host is chosen as in the API Collection by default.
  • You choose to override the application host url to localhost or a different staging URL.

How to use

Prepare the following environment vars -
  1. 1.
    AKTO_API_KEY - Go to My accounts > Settings > Integrations > Akto API > Generate token. Copy the token generated.
  2. 2.
    AKTO_DASHBOARD_URL - URL of your dashboard. Please ensure you can access dashboard
  3. 3.
    TEST_IDS - Space-separated list of test IDs which you want to run eg. JWT_NONE_ALGO REMOVE_TOKENS . You can also set it as ALL to run all tests.
  4. 4.
    API_COLLECTION_NAME - API collection name on which you want to run tests eg. juice_shop_demo.
  5. 5.
    API_COLLECTION_ID - API collection id (integer) you want to run tests eg. 29623412. Only one of API_COLLECTION_NAME and API_COLLECTION_ID is required.
  6. 6.
    TEST_APIS - Space-separated list of APIs you want to test. If absent, all APIs are selected
  7. 7.
    OVERRIDE_APP_URL - change the staging application host. Akto will test APIs on this host
  8. 8.
    OUTPUT_LEVEL - Output level of the result file. We have 4 output levels:
    1. 1.
      NONE - No output file is generated.
    2. 2.
      SUMMARY - [Default] The output file contains the tests executed and a list of all vulnerable APIs.
    3. 3.
      DETAILED - The output file contains the SUMMARY as well as description and impact of the executed tests.
    4. 4.
      DEBUG - The output file contains DETAILED output along with the original and attempt request and response for all the API tests.
Example CLI - (If you are not on Linux, please provide absolute path to your current directory instead of ${PWD})
docker run -v ${PWD}:/out \
-e API_COLLECTION_ID=1689063104 \
-e AKTO_API_KEY=OAzudPuzo8kh1234jCHtL3Vf0lTFzvDYZQMaKh4w \


  1. 1.
    A short summary (API, Vulnerability, Severity) is printed on command line itself
  2. 2.
    A file output.txt contains details of the test, based on the output level given.
  3. 3.
    If you see version mismatch error, consider matching release version of your dashboard vs testing-cli
Sample results -


  1. 1.
    Results are not saved in Akto dashboard.
  2. 2.
    Tests which use context will be skipped eg. AddUserId.yml, OldApiVersion.yml etc.