pytest is a program/framework for running Python tests.
pytest looks for tests in Python files which either begin in
test_ or end in
_test, for example:
test_my_module.py # Will be found my_module_test.py # Will be found my_module.py # Won't be found
Inside these files,
pytest will look for either:
- Functions that begin with
- Functions/methods that begin with
testthat are inside classes that begin with
def test_my_function(): # Will be found assert True class TestMyStuff: def test_my_stuff(): # Will be found assert True def my_other_function(): # Won't be found pass
Run All Tests In Module
$ pytest my_file.py
Run All Tests In Directory
This will also run any tests in sub-directories:
$ pytest my_dir/
Test Name Matching
You can use
-k to match against test name substrings. The following command will run all tests that contain the stinrg
$ pytest -k hello
Marks (or markers) can be applied to test functions using a decorator in the form
For example, to apply a mark called
unit (note that
unit should defined as a custom mark before you use it like this, see the below Custom Marks section):
import pytest @pytest.mark.unit def my_test_function(): assert True
You can use the
-m option on the command-line to only run tests with specific marks. The following command will run all tests in the current directory/sub-directory with the mark
$ pytest -m unit
A common use-case is to specify tests with test types such as
performance, e.t.c so that you can easily run quick unit tests during development and longer running tests on merge or nightly.
You can also negatively select tests against a mark. The following command will run all tests to marked with
$ pytest -m "not unit"
You can get a list of all the marks you can use from the command-line with:
$ pytest --markers
Custom marks need to be registered before you can use them. They can be registered in your
pytest.ini file, like so:
[pytest] markers = unit: All unit tests (fast tests requiring no external dependancies). e2e: End-to-end tests.
As shown above, a description/comment can be added after the
For more information of marks, see https://docs.pytest.org/en/latest/example/markers.html.
conftest.py files are used to specify directory-specific
pytest features. All
conftest.py files that are at the directory level of the test or closer to the root of the file system will be used when executing
pytest. You can have many
conftest.py files per test project.
Common things to include into
conftest.py files include
pytest hooks and fixtures, as well as loading external plugins specific to the tests in same directory.
xdist allows you to provide the
-n option to distribute the tests to multiple CPUs:
$ pytest -n 4
Note however this will prevent all of your
print() statements from working (as well as anything else the prints to
stdout, e.g. log messages). As a workaround, you can redirect
import sys sys.stdout = sys.stderr
This can be added to a
conftest.py file so that it applies to all tests in it’s directory and subdirectories. Be warned that all of the output will be interleaved, so it might make the output somewhat useless!
pytest has the ability to generate
junit.xml files which are used by Jenkins to display the test results.
You can provide the
--junitxml <path> option to
pytest and it will generate the file for you:
$ pytest --junitxml /test_output/results.xml
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