# How do I run all Python unit tests in a directory?

## The Question :

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I have a directory that contains my Python unit tests. Each unit test module is of the form test_*.py. I am attempting to make a file called all_test.py that will, you guessed it, run all files in the aforementioned test form and return the result. I have tried two methods so far; both have failed. I will show the two methods, and I hope someone out there knows how to actually do this correctly.

For my first valiant attempt, I thought “If I just import all my testing modules in the file, and then call this unittest.main() doodad, it will work, right?” Well, turns out I was wrong.

import glob
import unittest

testSuite = unittest.TestSuite()
test_file_strings = glob.glob('test_*.py')
module_strings = [str[0:len(str)-3] for str in test_file_strings]

if __name__ == "__main__":
unittest.main()



This did not work, the result I got was:

$python all_test.py ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Ran 0 tests in 0.000s OK  For my second try, I though, ok, maybe I will try to do this whole testing thing in a more “manual” fashion. So I attempted to do that below: import glob import unittest testSuite = unittest.TestSuite() test_file_strings = glob.glob('test_*.py') module_strings = [str[0:len(str)-3] for str in test_file_strings] [__import__(str) for str in module_strings] suites = [unittest.TestLoader().loadTestsFromName(str) for str in module_strings] [testSuite.addTest(suite) for suite in suites] print testSuite result = unittest.TestResult() testSuite.run(result) print result #Ok, at this point I have a result #How do I display it as the normal unit test command line output? if __name__ == "__main__": unittest.main()  This also did not work, but it seems so close! $ python all_test.py
<unittest.TestSuite tests=[<unittest.TestSuite tests=[<unittest.TestSuite tests=[<test_main.TestMain testMethod=test_respondes_to_get>]>]>]>
<unittest.TestResult run=1 errors=0 failures=0>

----------------------------------------------------------------------
Ran 0 tests in 0.000s

OK



I seem to have a suite of some sort, and I can execute the result. I am a little concerned about the fact that it says I have only run=1, seems like that should be run=2, but it is progress. But how do I pass and display the result to main? Or how do I basically get it working so I can just run this file, and in doing so, run all the unit tests in this directory?

• Skip down to Travis’ answer if you’re using Python 2.7+
• did you ever try running the tests from an test instance object?
• See this answer for a solution with an example file structure.

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With Python 2.7 and higher you don’t have to write new code or use third-party tools to do this; recursive test execution via the command line is built-in. Put an __init__.py in your test directory and:

python -m unittest discover <test_directory>
# or
python -m unittest discover -s <directory> -p '*_test.py'



You can read more in the python 2.7 or python 3.x unittest documentation.

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In python 3, if you’re using unittest.TestCase:

• You must have an empty (or otherwise) __init__.py file in your test directory (must be named test/)
• Your test files inside test/ match the pattern test_*.py. They can be inside a subdirectory under test/, and those subdirs can be named as anything.

Then, you can run all the tests with:

python -m unittest



Done! A solution less than 100 lines. Hopefully another python beginner saves time by finding this.

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You could use a test runner that would do this for you. nose is very good for example. When run, it will find tests in the current tree and run them.

Updated:

Here’s some code from my pre-nose days. You probably don’t want the explicit list of module names, but maybe the rest will be useful to you.

testmodules = [
'cogapp.test_makefiles',
'cogapp.test_whiteutils',
'cogapp.test_cogapp',
]

suite = unittest.TestSuite()

for t in testmodules:
try:
# If the module defines a suite() function, call it to get the suite.
mod = __import__(t, globals(), locals(), ['suite'])
suitefn = getattr(mod, 'suite')
except (ImportError, AttributeError):
# else, just load all the test cases from the module.

unittest.TextTestRunner().run(suite)



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This is now possible directly from unittest: unittest.TestLoader.discover.

import unittest
start_dir = 'path/to/your/test/files'

runner = unittest.TextTestRunner()
runner.run(suite)



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Well by studying the code above a bit (specifically using TextTestRunner and defaultTestLoader), I was able to get pretty close. Eventually I fixed my code by also just passing all test suites to a single suites constructor, rather than adding them “manually”, which fixed my other problems. So here is my solution.

import glob
import unittest

test_files = glob.glob('test_*.py')
module_strings = [test_file[0:len(test_file)-3] for test_file in test_files]
test_suite = unittest.TestSuite(suites)
test_runner = unittest.TextTestRunner().run(test_suite)



Yeah, it is probably easier to just use nose than to do this, but that is besides the point.

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If you want to run all the tests from various test case classes and you’re happy to specify them explicitly then you can do it like this:

from unittest import TestLoader, TextTestRunner, TestSuite
from uclid.test.test_symbols import TestSymbols
from uclid.test.test_patterns import TestPatterns

if __name__ == "__main__":

tests = [
for test in (TestSymbols, TestPatterns)
]
suite = TestSuite(tests)

runner = TextTestRunner(verbosity=2)
runner.run(suite)



where uclid is my project and TestSymbols and TestPatterns are subclasses of TestCase.

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I have used the discover method and an overloading of load_tests to achieve this result in a (minimal, I think) number lines of code:

def load_tests(loader, tests, pattern):
''' Discover and load all unit tests in all files named *_test.py in ./src/
'''
suite = TestSuite()
for test_suite in all_test_suite:
return suite

if __name__ == '__main__':
unittest.main()



Execution on fives something like

Ran 27 tests in 0.187s
OK



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I tried various approaches but all seem flawed or I have to makeup some code, that’s annoying. But there’s a convinient way under linux, that is simply to find every test through certain pattern and then invoke them one by one.

find . -name 'Test*py' -exec python '{}' \;



and most importantly, it definitely works.

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In case of a packaged library or application, you don’t want to do it. setuptools will do it for you.

To use this command, your project’s tests must be wrapped in a unittest test suite by either a function, a TestCase class or method, or a module or package containing TestCase classes. If the named suite is a module, and the module has an additional_tests() function, it is called and the result (which must be a unittest.TestSuite) is added to the tests to be run. If the named suite is a package, any submodules and subpackages are recursively added to the overall test suite.

Just tell it where your root test package is, like:

setup(
# ...
test_suite = 'somepkg.test'
)



And run python setup.py test.

File-based discovery may be problematic in Python 3, unless you avoid relative imports in your test suite, because discover uses file import. Even though it supports optional top_level_dir, but I had some infinite recursion errors. So a simple solution for a non-packaged code is to put the following in __init__.py of your test package (see load_tests Protocol).

import unittest

from . import foo, bar

suite = unittest.TestSuite()

return suite



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I use PyDev/LiClipse and haven’t really figured out how to run all tests at once from the GUI. (edit: you right click the root test folder and choose Run as -> Python unit-test

This is my current workaround:

import unittest

if __name__ == '__main__':
unittest.main()



I put this code in a module called all in my test directory. If I run this module as a unittest from LiClipse then all tests are run. If I ask to only repeat specific or failed tests then only those tests are run. It doesn’t interfere with my commandline test runner either (nosetests) — it’s ignored.

You may need to change the arguments to discover based on your project setup.

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This is an old question, but what worked for me now (in 2019) is:

python -m unittest *_test.py



All my test files are in the same folder as the source files and they end with _test.

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Based on the answer of Stephen Cagle I added support for nested test modules.

import fnmatch
import os
import unittest

def all_test_modules(root_dir, pattern):
test_file_names = all_files_in(root_dir, pattern)
return [path_to_module(str) for str in test_file_names]

def all_files_in(root_dir, pattern):
matches = []

for root, dirnames, filenames in os.walk(root_dir):
for filename in fnmatch.filter(filenames, pattern):
matches.append(os.path.join(root, filename))

return matches

def path_to_module(py_file):
replace_slash_by_dot(  \
strip_extension(py_file)))

def strip_extension(py_file):
return py_file[0:len(py_file) - len('.py')]

def replace_slash_by_dot(str):
return str.replace('\\', '.').replace('/', '.')

while str.startswith('.'):
str = str[1:len(str)]
return str

module_names = all_test_modules('.', '*Tests.py')
in module_names]

testSuite = unittest.TestSuite(suites)
runner = unittest.TextTestRunner(verbosity=1)
runner.run(testSuite)



The code searches all subdirectories of . for *Tests.py files which are then loaded. It expects each *Tests.py to contain a single class *Tests(unittest.TestCase) which is loaded in turn and executed one after another.

This works with arbitrary deep nesting of directories/modules, but each directory in between needs to contain an empty __init__.py file at least. This allows the test to load the nested modules by replacing slashes (or backslashes) by dots (see replace_slash_by_dot).

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Because Test discovery seems to be a complete subject, there is some dedicated framework to test discovery :

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This BASH script will execute the python unittest test directory from ANYWHERE in the file system, no matter what working directory you are in: its working directory always be where that test directory is located.

ALL TESTS, independent $PWD unittest Python module is sensitive to your current directory, unless you tell it where (using discover -s option). This is useful when staying in the ./src or ./example working directory and you need a quick overall unit test: #!/bin/bash this_program="$0"
dirname="dirname $this_program" readlink="readlink -e$dirname"

python -m unittest discover -s "$readlink"/test -v  SELECTED TESTS, independent$PWD

I name this utility file: runone.py and use it like this:

runone.py <test-python-filename-minus-dot-py-fileextension>


#!/bin/bash
this_program="$0" dirname="dirname$this_program"
readlink="readlink -e $dirname" (cd "$dirname"/test; python -m unittest \$1)



No need for a test/__init__.py file to burden your package/memory-overhead during production.

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I just created a discover.py file in my base test directory and added import statements for anything in my sub directories. Then discover is able to find all my tests in those directories by running it on discover.py

python -m unittest discover ./test -p '*.py'


# /test/discover.py
import unittest

from test.package1.mod1 import XYZTest
from test.package1.package2.mod2 import ABCTest
...

if __name__ == "__main__"
unittest.main()



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Here is my approach by creating a wrapper to run tests from the command line:

#!/usr/bin/env python3
import os, sys, unittest, argparse, inspect, logging

if __name__ == '__main__':
# Parse arguments.
parser.add_argument("-?", "--help",     action="help",                        help="show this help message and exit" )
parser.add_argument("-v", "--verbose",  action="store_true", dest="verbose",  help="increase output verbosity" )
parser.add_argument("-d", "--debug",    action="store_true", dest="debug",    help="show debug messages" )
parser.add_argument("-h", "--host",     action="store",      dest="host",     help="Destination host" )
parser.add_argument("-b", "--browser",  action="store",      dest="browser",  help="Browser driver.", choices=["Firefox", "Chrome", "IE", "Opera", "PhantomJS"] )
parser.add_argument("-r", "--reports-dir", action="store",   dest="dir",      help="Directory to save screenshots.", default="reports")
args = parser.parse_args()

# Load files from the arguments.
for filename in args.files:

# See: http://codereview.stackexchange.com/q/88655/15346
def make_suite(tc_class):
suite = unittest.TestSuite()
for name in testnames:
return suite

alltests = unittest.TestSuite()
for name, obj in inspect.getmembers(sys.modules[__name__]):
if inspect.isclass(obj) and name.startswith("FooTest"):

# Set-up logger
verbose = bool(os.environ.get('VERBOSE', args.verbose))
debug   = bool(os.environ.get('DEBUG', args.debug))
if verbose or debug:
logging.basicConfig( stream=sys.stdout )
root = logging.getLogger()
root.setLevel(logging.INFO if verbose else logging.DEBUG)
ch = logging.StreamHandler(sys.stdout)
ch.setLevel(logging.INFO if verbose else logging.DEBUG)
ch.setFormatter(logging.Formatter('%(asctime)s %(levelname)s: %(name)s: %(message)s'))
else:
logging.basicConfig(stream=sys.stderr)

# Run tests.
result = unittest.TextTestRunner(verbosity=2).run(alltests)
sys.exit(not result.wasSuccessful())



For sake of simplicity, please excuse my non-PEP8 coding standards.

Then you can create BaseTest class for common components for all your tests, so each of your test would simply look like:

from BaseTest import BaseTest
class FooTestPagesBasic(BaseTest):
def test_foo(self):
driver = self.driver
driver.get(self.base_url + "/")



To run, you simply specifying tests as part of the command line arguments, e.g.:

./run_tests.py -h http://example.com/ tests/**/*.py