PyCharm 2018.2 Help

Test Runner Tab

The Test Runner tab opens in the Run tool window when a testing session begins, and features the same toolbar buttons.

py test runner tab
  1. The Run toolbar is almost the same as that for the Run tool window, but features testing-specific buttons.
  2. The left-hand pane shows the tree view of all tests within the current run/debug configuration.
    • The root node represents the test selected to run.
    • The nested nodes represent the hierarchy of test suites and test cases.
    • The leaf nodes represent the individual tests.

    The status of each test is indicated by an icon. Double-click a node to open the respective test class or test method in the editor.

  3. The testing toolbar provides controls that enable you to monitor the tests and analyze results. Some of the commands are duplicated on the context menus of the test tree nodes.
  4. The Output pane shows the output of the current test suit.
  5. The inline statistics show the list of executed tests with the execution time of each test.
  6. The color of the status bar indicates whether the tests have passed successfully. If at least one of the tests fails, the status bar turns red.

Run toolbar

ItemTooltip and ShortcutDescription
icons toolwindows toolWindowRun svgRerun
Ctrl+F5
Click this button to rerun the current process.

The process reruns always in the same console regardless of whether this console is pinned or not.

Rerun Failed Tests buttonRerun Failed TestsClick this button to rerun all failed tests.

If you press Shift and click this button, you can choose whether you want to Run the tests again, or Debug, i.e. rerun the failed tests in the Debug mode.

icons actions swapPanels Toggle auto-test Press this toggle-button to turn on the autotest-like runner. As a result, any test in the current run configuration tab restarts automatically on changing the related source code, without clicking the Rerun button icons toolwindows toolWindowRun svg.

The button is not shown for Mocha and Jest tests. To activate the auto-rerun functionality for these test runners, add the --watch flag in the Extra Mocha options/Extra Jest options field of the Run/Debug Configuration: Mocha or Run/Debug Configuration: Jest dialog respectively.

icons actions suspend svgStop
Ctrl+F2
Click this button to terminate the current process externally by means of the standard mechanisms.
icons debugger restoreLayout svgRestore LayoutClick this button to to have the changes to the current layout abandoned and return to the default state.
Pin button PinWhen this button is pressed, the current tab will not be overwritten; instead, the results of the next command will be displayed in a new tab.
icons actions closeCtrl+Shift+F4Click this button to close the selected tab of the Run tool window and terminate the current process.

Testing toolbar

ItemTooltip and ShortcutDescription
icons runConfigurations testPassedShow PassedClick this button to show tests that passed successfully.
icons runConfigurations testIgnored Show IgnoredClick this button to show the ignored tests in the tree view of all tests within the current run/debug configuration or test class.
icons objectBrowser sorted svgSort alphabeticallyClick this button to sort tests in alphabetical order.
icons runConfigurations sortbyDuration svg Sort by durationClick this button to sort tests by duration.
icons actions expandall svg icons actions collapseall svg Expand All/Collapse All
Ctrl+NumPad Plus Ctrl+NumPad -
Click these buttons to have all nodes in the tree view of tests expanded.

These buttons are only available if the tested application contains more than test case.

icons actions previousOccurence svgicons actions nextOccurence svgPrevious/Next Failed Test
Ctrl+Alt+Up/Ctrl+Alt+Down
Click these buttons to navigate between the failed tests.
import test resultsImport Test ResultsClick this button to view the test results that you previously saved in an XML file or the results that PyCharm has kept in its internal history. The pop-up menu that opens shows a list of internally saved results of test sessions, each item is supplied with the name of the run configuration and a time stamp.
py test junit import test results pop up menu
  • To view the results of a testing session from the PyCharm history, select the item with the suitable run configuration and time stamp.
  • To load the previously exported results, choose Import from file and then choose the required XML file in the dialog box that opens.
The loaded test results are shown in the tab and the name of the corresponding run configuration is displayed on the title bar. To re-run the tests from the loaded session, click icons toolwindows toolWindowRun svg.
artwork studio icons logcat toolbar settings Click this cog button to access the context menu with the following options:
  • Track Running Test: turn this option on to monitor execution of the current test. If a test suite contains multiple tests, the tree view of tests expands to show sequential test methods, as they are executed.
  • Show Inline Statistics: turn this option on to have the statistics shown next to a test result, displaying the time used for executing each test.
  • Scroll to Stack Trace: turn this option on to have the console scroll to the beginning of the trace of the last failed test.
    If you click the root node (the test package) in the tree view with this option turned off, the console will show the very beginning of the test.

    This option is helpful when a test package contains multiple test classes and test methods. If some of the tests fail, you can scroll in the console to the beginning of a stack trace of an exception or assertion.

  • Open Source at Exception: use this option to explore the results of a test that fails as an error, throwing an uncaught exception.
    If you double-click the failed test class or method in the tree view with this option turned on, the respective test class or method will open in the editor, with the caret placed at the line that caused the problem.
  • Autoscroll to Source: turn this option on to have the currently selected test in the tree view synchronized with the editor automatically.
  • Select First Failed Test When Finished: turn this option on to have the first failed test automatically selected in the tree view upon completing the tests.

Test status icons

IconDescription
icons general error svg Test error. This status is assigned to tests that caused an exception from the tested source code.
icons runConfigurations testFailed Test failed. If at least one test receives this status, then all its parents are marked as failed.
icons runConfigurations testIgnored Test ignored.
icons runConfigurations testInProgress1 Test in progress.
icons runConfigurations testPassed Test passed successfully.
icons runConfigurations testTerminated Test terminated. This status is assigned to tests that were cancelled by clicking the Stop button icons actions suspend svg. If at least one test receives this status, then all unfinished tests and their parents are marked as terminated.

Output pane

This pane shows output of each test, generated at runtime, including all the messages sent to the output stream, and the error messages. The following table shows the toolbar buttons and context menu commands available for the Output pane.

ItemKeyboard ShortcutDescription
icons actions previousOccurence svgUp the Stack Trace
Ctrl+Alt+Down
Click this button to navigate up in the stack trace and have the cursor jump to the corresponding location in the source code.
icons actions nextOccurence svgDown the Stack Trace
Ctrl+Alt+Up
Click this button to navigate down in the stack trace and have the cursor jump to the corresponding location in the source code.
icons actions toggleSoftWrap svgUse Soft WrapsClick this button to toggle the soft wrap mode of the output.
icons runConfigurations scroll down svgScroll to the endClick this button to navigate to the bottom of the stack trace and have the cursor jump to the corresponding location in the source code.
icons general print svg PrintClick this button to configure printing out the console output in the Print dialog box that opens.
Clear AllChoose this item on the context menu to have all messages for the selected test deleted.
Copy ContentCtrl+CChoose this item on the context menu to have the current contents of the Output pane placed to the Clipboard.
Compare with ClipboardChoose this item on the context menu to invoke the Differences Viewer for Files which shows the current contents of the Clipboard in the left-hand pane and the contents of the Output pane for the selected test in the right-hand pane.

Context menu commands

CommandKeyboard shortcutDescription
View assertEquals Difference Alt+Enter Choose this command to show the Differences viewer for the strings being compared.
This command is only available when an assertion has failed.
Last modified: 7 August 2018

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