Creating custom Insight tests

Acquia Insight provides dozens of tests to check your application's conformance with best practices for security, performance, SEO, and general Drupal and web application development. In addition, Insight enables you to develop your own custom Insight tests. Your custom Insight tests can check for aspects of your applications that are most important to your own business needs.

Creating a custom Insight test requires that you write PHP code and create and deploy a custom Drupal module. You will need to create a custom Drupal module that implements hook_acquia_spi_test();, and then install and enable it on your Drupal application.

Data sent in a custom Insight test is stored on Acquia's servers in an unencrypted database, so be careful not to send sensitive information in any field. You can include multiple tests in each callback, provided that each test has a unique identifier.

Your custom Insight test module must implement hook_acquia_spi_test(); in order to send test data back to Insight, so that the test results can be reported in Insight and reflected in your application's Insight score. This hook must return an array that contains the test that you want to use and the results for success or failure. The array includes the following elements:

Array element Type Description
description string Detailed information regarding the test, its impact, and other relevant details. Cannot exceed 1024 characters.
solved_message string The message to display when the test succeeded. Cannot exceed 1024 characters.
failed_message string The message to display when the test has failed. Cannot exceed 1024 characters.
solved boolean A flag indicating whether or not the test was successful.
fix_details string Information on how to fix or resolve the test if it failed. Cannot exceed 1024 characters.
category string The Insight alert category within which to place the test. Must be either 'performance,' 'security,' or 'best_practices.'
severity int The severity level of the custom test. Must be either 0, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, or 128. Higher severities impact the Insight score proportionally.

Here is a simple example that tests whether the user with the provided user ID has the administrator role:

* Check if a user has the administrator role.
* @param int $uid
*  The UID of the user to audit.
* @return boolean
*  TRUE if the provided user has the administrator role.
function acquia_examples_admin_role_audit($uid) {

  $result = TRUE;

  $user = user_load($uid);
  if (!in_array('administrator', $user->roles)) {
    $result = FALSE;

  return $result;

In your test callback function, return an array for each test you include. For example:

* Implements hook_acquia_spi_test(). Example usages of properly formatted
* Acquia Insight custom tests.
* @see acquia_connector/acquia_spi/acquia_spi.api.php for more information.
function acquia_examples_acquia_spi_test() {

  return array(
    // Ensure that user 1 has administrator privileges.
    'user_1_admin_privileges_check' => array(
      'description'    => 'Check if the user UID 1 has administrator privileges.',
      'solved_message' => 'Admin User (UID 1) has administrator privileges',
      'failed_message' => 'Admin User (UID 1) lacks administrator privileges',
      'solved'         => acquia_examples_admin_role_audit(1),
      'fix_details'    => 'Give user UID 1 administrator privileges.',
      'category'       => 'security',
      'severity'       => 32,

Note how the solved element tests whether, given user ID 1, the acquia_examples_admin_role_audit function defined in the previous example returns TRUE.

For more examples, download this custom module.

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