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Discover unit tests in solution

dotCover adds the Unit Test Explorer window to Visual Studio (ReSharper | Unit Tests | Unit Tests or ReSharper | Windows | Unit Tests, or Control+Alt+T). Using this window, you can explore and run, debug or cover unit tests of all supported frameworks in the entire solution. Note that unit tests from a project only appear in the window after the project is built. Tests from currently opened files are updated automatically, new tests from the opened files appear in the unit test explorer as soon as you create them.

For NUnit, xUnit, and MSTest, you can prefer either speed or accuracy when discovering unit tests after the build. This is configurable with the following options on the Tools | Unit Testing | Test Frameworks | <Framework> page of dotCover options Alt+R, O:

  • 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 the framework to define their parameters.

    This is the fastest way of discovering tests.

  • Test runner

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

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

Unit Test Explorer displays tests from the entire solution

In the unit test explorer, you can:

  • Explore tests in the solution: browse all unit tests in a tree view, search tests and filter by a substring, regroup unit tests by project, namespace, category, and so on.

  • Navigate to source code of any test or test class by double-clicking it in the view.

  • Run, debug or cover selected tests.

  • Create unit tests sessions from selected tests and test classes and/or add selected items to the current test session.

Run, debug, or cover unit tests in project or solution

You can run, debug, or cover tests from the Unit Test Explorer , Solution Explorer, or Class View. Unit Test Explorer gives you the advantage to see only tests and test classes, while when you use other windows, you need to know, which projects, files, and classes contain tests.

  • To execute tests from Unit Test Explorer, select the desired tests and click Run Unit Tests Run Unit Tests Control+T R/ Debug Unit Tests Debug Unit Tests Control+T D or Cover Unit Tests Cover Unit Tests Control+T H on the toolbar.

    To select multiple tests, select a grouping node or click the desired items while holding down the Ctrl key. Alternatively, type a query string in the search field to filter out all non-matching tests before execution — in this case only the remaining matching tests will be executed.

  • To run, debug, or cover tests from Solution Explorer or Class View, select one or more items (classes, files, folders, projects) that contain tests, and use the Run Unit Tests Run Unit Tests Control+T R/ Debug Unit Tests Debug Unit Tests Control+T D or Cover Unit Tests Cover Unit Tests Control+T H commands, which are also available in the main menu (ReSharper | Unit Tests) and in the context menu.

  • To run, debug, or cover all tests in solution, choose ReSharper | Unit Tests | Run All Tests from Solution/ ReSharper | Unit Tests | Cover All Tests from Solution in the main menu or press Control+T L/Control+T K.

Whatever way you choose to run, debug, or cover tests, you will see the execution progress, results, and output in the Unit Test Sessions window. If there is an open unit test session, the executed tests are added to that session. If there are no test sessions or the existing ones are locked, then a new tests session is created.

If necessary, you can always repeat execution or coverage analysis of the tests that you executed last by pressing Control+T T or choosing ReSharper | Unit Tests | Repeat Previous Run from the menu.

Last modified: 09 April 2024