InSpec Reporters

Introduced in InSpec 1.51.6

InSpec allows you to output your test results to one or more reporters. You can configure the reporter(s) using either the --json-config option or the --reporter option. While you can configure multiple reporters to write to different files, only one reporter can output to the screen(stdout).


You can specify one or more reporters using the --reporter cli flag. You can also specify a output by appending a path seperated by a colon.

Output json to screen.

inspec exec --reporter json
inspec exec --reporter json:-

Output cli to screen and write json to a file.

inspec exec --reporter cli json:/tmp/output.json

Output nothing to screen and write junit and html to a file.

inspec exec --reporter junit:/tmp/junit.xml html:www/index.html

Output json to screen and write to a file. Write junit to a file.

inspec exec --reporter json junit:/tmp/junit.xml | tee out.json

If you are using the cli option --json-config you can also set reporters.

Output cli to screen.

    "reporter": {
        "cli" : {
            "stdout" : true

Output cli to screen and write json to a file.

    "reporter": {
        "cli" : {
            "stdout" : true
        "json" : {
            "file" : "/tmp/output.json",
            "stdout" : false

Supported Reporters

The following are the current supported reporters:


This is the basic text base report. It includes details about which tests passed and failed and includes an overall summary at the end.


This reporter includes all information about the profiles and test results in standard json format.


This reporter is a redacted version of the json and only includes test results.


This reporter is a very minimal text base report. It shows you which tests passed by name and has a small summary at the end.


This reporter outputs the standard junit spec in xml format.


This reporter is very condensed and gives you a .(pass), f(fail), or *(skip) character per test and a small summary at the end.


This reporter includes all information from the rspec runner. Unlike the json reporter this includes rspec specific details.


This renders html code to view your tests in a browser. It includes all the test and summary information.