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dotCover options: Tools | Unit Testing | Test Frameworks | MSTest

On this page of dotCover options, you can adjust unit testing settings related to MSTest tests.

Test discovery

To list MSTest tests from your solution in the Unit Test Explorer window, dotCover needs to discover unit tests.

The discovery of tests in specific project happens only after the project is built. You can choose between two options that allow you to prefer either speed or accuracy for discovering unit tests after the build.

  • Metadata (default)

    In this mode, dotCover analyzes the build artifact without launching the test runner.

    As tests are defined using attributes, dotCover can quickly scan the metadata of managed artifacts to find most tests in the project. However, it may fail to find tests that require running some special hooks of MSTest to define their parameters.

    This is the fastest way of discovering tests.

  • Test runner

    In this mode, dotCover launches MSTest runner in the discovery mode on the build artifact, and then uses the results from the runner.

    Using MSTest runner can take considerably longer to analyze the project, but the list of discovered tests will be complete in most cases.

After you run all tests from a specific project, dotCover will update the list of tests in this project independently of the selected discovery mode because letting the MSTest runner to execute all tests is the most accurate way of test discovery.

Test Settings

Choose where dotCover should look for test settings:

Use .runsettings/.testsettings specified in Visual Studio. If this option is enabled, dotCover will reuse test settings from Visual Studio when possible.

Specify a custom test settings configuration (.runsettings/.testsettings file within your solution).

The Edit... button, which is active when a non-default settings configuration is selected, opens the Visual Studio's Test Settings dialog where you can adjust the selected configuration.

Last modified: 11 February 2024