Policy Platform Development Tools

This article explains how to build the ONAP Policy Framework for development purposes and how to run stability/performance tests for a variety of components. To start, the developer should consult the latest ONAP Wiki to familiarize themselves with developer best practices and how-tos to setup their environment, see https://wiki.onap.org/display/DW/Developer+Best+Practices.

This article assumes that:

  • You are using a *nix operating system such as linux or macOS.

  • You are using a directory called git off your home directory (~/git) for your git repositories

  • Your local maven repository is in the location ~/.m2/repository

  • You have copied the settings.xml from oparent to ~/.m2/ directory

  • You have added settings to access the ONAP Nexus to your M2 configuration, see Maven Settings Example (bottom of the linked page)

The procedure documented in this article has been verified to work on a MacBook laptop running macOS Mojave Version 10.14.6 and an Unbuntu 18.06 VM.

Cloning All The Policy Repositories

Run a script such as the script below to clone the required modules from the ONAP git repository. This script clones all the ONAP Policy Framework repositories.

ONAP Policy Framework has dependencies to the ONAP Parent oparent module, the ONAP ECOMP SDK ecompsdkos module, and the A&AI Schema module.

Typical ONAP Policy Framework Clone Script
  1 #!/usr/bin/env bash
  3 ## script name for output
  4 MOD_SCRIPT_NAME=`basename $0`
  6 ## the ONAP clone directory, defaults to "onap"
  7 clone_dir="onap"
  9 ## the ONAP repos to clone
 10 onap_repos="\
 11 policy/parent \
 12 policy/common \
 13 policy/models \
 14 policy/docker \
 15 policy/api \
 16 policy/pap \
 17 policy/apex-pdp \
 18 policy/drools-pdp \
 19 policy/drools-applications \
 20 policy/xacml-pdp \
 21 policy/distribution \
 22 policy/gui \
 23 policy/clamp "
 25 ##
 26 ## Help screen and exit condition (i.e. too few arguments)
 27 ##
 28 Help()
 29 {
 30     echo ""
 31     echo "$MOD_SCRIPT_NAME - clones all required ONAP git repositories"
 32     echo ""
 33     echo "       Usage:  $MOD_SCRIPT_NAME [-options]"
 34     echo ""
 35     echo "       Options"
 36     echo "         -d          - the ONAP clone directory, defaults to '.'"
 37     echo "         -h          - this help screen"
 38     echo ""
 39     exit 255;
 40 }
 42 ##
 43 ## read command line
 44 ##
 45 while [ $# -gt 0 ]
 46 do
 47     case $1 in
 48         #-d ONAP clone directory
 49         -d)
 50             shift
 51             if [ -z "$1" ]; then
 52                 echo "$MOD_SCRIPT_NAME: no clone directory"
 53                 exit 1
 54             fi
 55             clone_dir=$1
 56             shift
 57         ;;
 59         #-h prints help and exists
 60         -h)
 61             Help;exit 0;;
 63         *)    echo "$MOD_SCRIPT_NAME: undefined CLI option - $1"; exit 255;;
 64     esac
 65 done
 67 if [ -f "$clone_dir" ]; then
 68     echo "$MOD_SCRIPT_NAME: requested clone directory '$clone_dir' exists as file"
 69     exit 2
 70 fi
 71 if [ -d "$clone_dir" ]; then
 72     echo "$MOD_SCRIPT_NAME: requested clone directory '$clone_dir' exists as directory"
 73     exit 2
 74 fi
 76 mkdir $clone_dir
 77 if [ $? != 0 ]
 78 then
 79     echo cannot clone ONAP repositories, could not create directory '"'$clone_dir'"'
 80     exit 3
 81 fi
 83 for repo in $onap_repos
 84 do
 85     repoDir=`dirname "$repo"`
 86     repoName=`basename "$repo"`
 88     if [ ! -z $dirName ]
 89     then
 90         mkdir "$clone_dir/$repoDir"
 91         if [ $? != 0 ]
 92         then
 93             echo cannot clone ONAP repositories, could not create directory '"'$clone_dir/repoDir'"'
 94             exit 4
 95         fi
 96     fi
 98     git clone https://gerrit.onap.org/r/${repo} $clone_dir/$repo
 99 done
101 echo ONAP has been cloned into '"'$clone_dir'"'

Execution of the script above results in the following directory hierarchy in your ~/git directory:

  • ~/git/onap

  • ~/git/onap/policy

  • ~/git/onap/policy/parent

  • ~/git/onap/policy/common

  • ~/git/onap/policy/models

  • ~/git/onap/policy/api

  • ~/git/onap/policy/pap

  • ~/git/onap/policy/gui

  • ~/git/onap/policy/docker

  • ~/git/onap/policy/drools-applications

  • ~/git/onap/policy/drools-pdp

  • ~/git/onap/policy/clamp

  • ~/git/onap/policy/apex-pdp

  • ~/git/onap/policy/xacml-pdp

  • ~/git/onap/policy/distribution

Building ONAP Policy Framework Components

Step 1: Optionally, for a completely clean build, remove the ONAP built modules from your local repository.

rm -fr ~/.m2/repository/org/onap

Step 2: A pom such as the one below can be used to build the ONAP Policy Framework modules. Create the pom.xml file in the directory ~/git/onap/policy.

Typical pom.xml to build the ONAP Policy Framework
 1 <project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">
 2     <modelVersion>4.0.0</modelVersion>
 3     <groupId>org.onap</groupId>
 4     <artifactId>onap-policy</artifactId>
 5     <version>1.0.0-SNAPSHOT</version>
 6     <packaging>pom</packaging>
 7     <name>${project.artifactId}</name>
 8     <inceptionYear>2017</inceptionYear>
 9     <organization>
10         <name>ONAP</name>
11     </organization>
13     <modules>
14         <module>parent</module>
15         <module>common</module>
16         <module>models</module>
17         <module>api</module>
18         <module>pap</module>
19         <module>apex-pdp</module>
20         <module>xacml-pdp</module>
21         <module>drools-pdp</module>
22         <module>drools-applications</module>
23         <module>distribution</module>
24         <module>gui</module>
25         <module>clamp</module>
26     </modules>
27 </project>

Policy Architecture/API Transition

In Dublin, a new Policy Architecture was introduced. The legacy architecture runs in parallel with the new architecture. It will be deprecated after Frankfurt release. If the developer is only interested in working with the new architecture components, the engine sub-module can be ommitted.

Step 3: You can now build the Policy framework.

Java artifacts only:

cd ~/git/onap
mvn clean install

With docker images:

cd ~/git/onap
mvn clean install -P docker

Developing and Debugging each Policy Component

Running a MariaDb Instance

The Policy Framework requires a MariaDb instance running. The easiest way to do this is to run a docker image locally.

One example on how to do this is to use the scripts used by the policy/api S3P tests.

Simulator Setup Script Example

cd ~/git/onap/api/testsuites/stability/src/main/resources/simulatorsetup

Another example on how to run the MariaDb is using the docker compose file used by the Policy API CSITs:

Example Compose Script to run MariaDB

Running the API component standalone

Assuming you have successfully built the codebase using the instructions above. The only requirement for the API component to run is a running MariaDb database instance. The easiest way to do this is to run the docker image, please see the mariadb documentation for the latest information on doing so. Once the mariadb is up and running, a configuration file must be provided to the api in order for it to know how to connect to the mariadb. You can locate the default configuration file in the packaging of the api component:

Default API Configuration

You will want to change the fields pertaining to “host”, “port” and “databaseUrl” to your local environment settings.

Running the API component using Docker Compose

An example of running the api using a docker compose script is located in the Policy Integration CSIT test repository.

Policy CSIT API Docker Compose

Running the Smoke Tests

The following links contain instructions on how to run the smoke tests. These may be helpful to developers to become familiar with the Policy Framework components and test any local changes.

Running the Stability/Performance Tests

The following links contain instructions on how to run the S3P Stability and Performance tests. These may be helpful to developers to become familiar with the Policy Framework components and test any local changes.

Running the Pairwise Tests

The following links contain instructions on how to run the pairwise tests. These may be helpful to developers check that the Policy Framework works in a full ONAP deployment.

Generating Swagger Documentation

The Policy Parent Integration POM contains a generateSwaggerDocs profile. This profile can be activated on any module that has a Swagger endopint. When active, this profile creates a tarball in Nexus with the name <project-artifactId>-swagger-docs.tar.gz. The tarball contains the fillowing files:


The profile is activated when:

  1. The following property is defined at the top of the pom.xml file for a module

    <!--  This property triggers generation of the Swagger documents -->

    See the CLAMP runtime POM for an example of the usage of this property.

  2. Unit tests are being executed in the build, in other wirds when the skipTests flag is false.

You must create a unit test in your module that generates the following file:


Typically, you do this by starting your REST endpoint in a unit test, issuing a REST call to get the Swagger API documentation. The test case below is an example of such a test case.

public void testSwaggerJson() throws Exception {
    ResponseEntity<String> httpsEntity = getRestTemplate()
            .getForEntity("https://localhost:" + this.httpsPort + "/restservices/clds/api-doc", String.class);
    FileUtils.writeStringToFile(new File("target/swagger/swagger.json"), httpsEntity.getBody(),

See this unit test case for the full example.

Running the DMaaP Simulator during Development

It is sometimes convenient to run the DMaaP simulator during development. You can run it from the command line using Maven or from within your IDE.

Running on the Command Line

  1. Check out the policy models repository

  2. Go to the models-sim/policy-models-simulators subdirectory in the policy-models repo

  3. Run the following Maven command:

    mvn exec:java  -Dexec.mainClass=org.onap.policy.models.simulators.Main -Dexec.args="src/test/resources/simParameters.json"

Running in Eclipse

  1. Check out the policy models repository

  2. Go to the models-sim/policy-models-simulators module in the policy-models repo

  3. Specify a run configuration using the class org.onap.policy.models.simulators.Main as the main class

  4. Specify an argument of src/test/resources/simParameters.json to the run configuration

  5. Run the configuration

Specifying a local configuration file

You may specify a local configuration file instead of src/test/resources/simParameters.json on the command line or as an arument in the run configuration in eclipse:

  "dmaapProvider": {
    "name": "DMaaP simulator",
    "topicSweepSec": 900
  "restServers": [
      "name": "DMaaP simulator",
      "providerClass": "org.onap.policy.models.sim.dmaap.rest.DmaapSimRestControllerV1",
      "host": "localhost",
      "port": 3904,
      "https": false