Code of Conduct

This project and repository is governed by Mozilla’s code of conduct and etiquette guidelines. For more details please see the file.


Bugs and feature requests are tracked in Bugzilla.

Write up a new bug.

When writing up a bug, it helps to know the version of Antenna you’re using.

Code conventions

All code files need to start with the MPLv2 header:

# This Source Code Form is subject to the terms of the Mozilla Public
# License, v. 2.0. If a copy of the MPL was not distributed with this
# file, You can obtain one at

To lint your code, do:

$ make lintfix
$ make lint

If you hit issues, use # noqa.


Everything runs in a Docker container. Thus Antenna requires fewer things to get started and you’re guaranteed to have the same setup as everyone else and it solves some other problems, too.

If you’re not familiar with Docker and docker-compose, it’s worth reading up on.


Documentation for Antenna is build with Sphinx and is available on ReadTheDocs. API is automatically extracted from docstrings in the code.

To build the docs, run this:

$ make docs


To run the tests, run this:

$ make test

Tests go in tests/. Data required by tests goes in tests/data/.

If you need to run specific tests or pass in different arguments, you can run bash in the base container and then run pytest with whatever args you want. For example:

$ make shell
app@...$ pytest

<pytest output>

app@...$ pytest tests/unittest/

We’re using pytest for a test harness and test discovery.

Testing crash reporting and collection

When working on Antenna, it helps to be able to send real live crashes to your development instance. There are a few options:

  1. Use Antenna’s tools to send a fake crash:

    $ make shell
    app@c392a11dbfec:/app$ python -m testlib.mini_poster --url URL
  2. Use Firefox and set the MOZ_CRASHREPORTER_URL environment variable:

    • (Firefox >= 62) Use about:crashparent or about:crashcontent.

    • (Firefox < 62) Then kill the Firefox process using the kill command.

      1. Run ps -aef | grep firefox. That will list all the Firefox processes.

        Find the process id of the Firefox process you want to kill.

        • main process looks something like /usr/bin/firefox

        • content process looks something like /usr/bin/firefox -contentproc -childID ...

      2. The kill command lets you pass a signal to the process. By default, it passes SIGTERM which will kill the process in a way that doesn’t launch the crash reporter.

        You want to kill the process in a way that does launch the crash reporter. I’ve had success with SIGABRT and SIGFPE. For example:

        • kill -SIGABRT <PID>

        • kill -SIGFPE <PID>

        What works for you will depend on the operating system and version of Firefox you’re using.

Capturing an HTTP POST payload for a crash report

The HTTP POST payload for a crash report is sometimes handy to have. You can capture it this way:

  1. Run nc -l localhost 8000 > http_post.raw in one terminal.

  2. Run MOZ_CRASHREPORTER_URL=http://localhost:8000/submit firefox in a second terminal.

  3. Crash Firefox using one of the methods in Testing crash reporting and collection.

  4. The Firefox process will crash and the crash report dialog will pop up. Make sure to submit the crash, then click on “Quit Firefox” button.

    That will send the crash to nc which will pipe it to the file.

  5. Wait 30 seconds, then close the crash dialog window.

    You should have a raw HTTP POST in http_post.raw.