Following are some points to note before we go for the installation of TestLink.
TestLink is a web application; it provides a private website to an individual or a set of requested users belonging to the same company/project.
TestLink can be run at the server side.
TestLink is a PHP based application and supports all OS platforms such as Windows, Linux of different versions, MAC, etc.
TestLink supports all famous browsers such as Chrome, IE, Mozilla, and Safari.
Since TestLink is a web-application it follows the concept of client/server. It means that TestLink can be installed centrally on a server and users can interact with it through web browsers using a website from any computer.
Web Server − TestLink supports Apache 126.96.36.199. However, it can work with any latest web server software. TestLink only uses .php file. Configure the web server with .php extension only.
PHP − The web server should support PHP. It can be installed as CGI or any other integration technology. It is recommended to use 5.3.8 PHP version.
Mandatory PHP Extensions − Extensions for RDBMS are mysqli, pgsql, oci8, sqlsrv. Mbstring is required for Unicode – UTF-8 support.
Optional Extensions − Curl, GD, Fileinfo
Database − TestLink requires database to store its data. MySQL (5.5.16) is recommended.
FileZilla FTP Server − FileZilla FTP Server 0.9.39 is required to install XAMPP as optional.
You can install all the requirements separately either manually or through an automatic process to use TestLink.
If the user has required knowledge about the installation process, the user can install all the discussed requirements one-by-one separately before proceeding to TestLink.
Alternatively, there are many all-in-one packages available and can automatically install in the system by exe file. Here, we will take the help of XAMPP to install the pre-requisites easily.
Step 1 − Go to https://www.apachefriends.org/index.html and click XAMPP for Windows as shown in the following screenshot.
Step 2 − A pop-up will be displayed to save the file. Click Save File. It will start to download the file.
Step 3 − Run the .exe file to run the installation wizard. After clicking the .exe file, the XAMPP Setup wizard is displayed as shown in the following screenshot. Click Next.
Step 4 − Next, the wizard displays all the component files (shown in the following screenshot) that will be installed. Click Next after selecting the components.
Step 5 − Provide a folder name where XAMPP will be installed and click Next.
Step 6 − Ready to Install wizard is displayed. Click Next to start the installation.
Step 7 − After successful installation, it will prompt to start the control panel. Select the checkbox and click Finish. It will open the XAMPP control panel as displayed in the following screenshot.
Step 8 − Click the Start button for Apache and MySQL required for TestLink as shown in the above screenshot.
Step 9 − To verify whether all the pre-requisites such as Apache, PHP and MySQL is installed properly, navigate to any of the browser and type http://localhost. Then, press Enter.
Step 10 − It will display the dashboard of XAMPP. Click phpAdmin at the right top corner of the screenshot.
It will display General Settings, Application Settings, Details of Database, Web Server and phpMyAdmin as shown in the following screenshot.
If the installation is not proper, this page won’t display. Till this point, all the pre-requisites are successfully installed in the system.
After successful installation of XAMPP, we need to work with TestLink.
Step 1 − Go to https://sourceforge.net/projects/testlink/ and click Download.
Step 2 − Now unzip the downloaded .tar file and rename the folder name as TestLink.
Step 3 − Go to XAMPP folder where it is installed and navigate to htdocs folder. Place the TestLink folder here as shown in the following screenshot.
Step 4 − Go to TestLink package and open “config.inc.php” file, update path “$tlCfg→log_path” and “$g_repositoryPath” as below −
$tlCfg→log_path = ‘D:/xampp/htdocs/testlink/logs/’;
$g_repositoryPath = ‘D:/xampp/htdocs/testlink/upload area/’;
Step 5 − Now open a browser and type http://localhost/Testlink in the navigation bar and press Enter. It will display the installation page of TestLink.
Step 6 − Click New Installation.
Step 7 − Check the checkbox for Terms and Conditions and click the Continue button.
The system will check the pre-requisites to ensure everything is fine. A Continue button will appear at the bottom, otherwise an error message will be displayed.
Step 8 − Click Continue as shown in the following screenshot.
Step 9 − In the next step, Database Admin and Admin password is required to define MySQL access. TestLink admin username/password can be anything given by the user.
Database login/password: root/<empty> (Default login/password of MYSQL for xampp)
Step 10 − Click “Process TestLink Setup” button. You should see the TestLink “Installation was successful!” message being displayed.
Step 11 − Now again navigate to http://localhost/testlink
You will see the login page as shown in the following screenshot.