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Run/Debug Configuration: XCTest/Kiwi

Use this page to configure Run/Debug options for XCTest/Kiwi testing framework. All features available for OCUnit work as well with XCTest.

Click here for the description of the options that are common for all run/debug configurations.

Test kindChoose Class/Method to run a specific class and its methods. Choose Pattern to run a combination of different classes and methods.



These text boxes are displayed if Class/Method is selected. Here you need to specify a class and methods to be run.
Pattern This text box is displayed if Pattern is selected. Here you need to specify a combination of classes and methods to be run.
Program argumentsIn this text box, type a list of arguments to be passed to the program in the format you would use in the command line. If necessary, click the shift-enter-button.png button and type the desired arguments in the Program Parameters dialog box.

Use the same rules as for specifying the VM options.

Working directoryIn this text box, specify the current directory to be used by the running test. This directory is the starting point for all relative input and output paths. By default, the field contains the directory where the project file resides. To specify another directory, click the Browse button browseButton.png select the directory in the dialog that opens .

Click this run_debug_listView_icon icon to view the list of available environment variables that you can use as a path to your working directory. In this case you do not need to specify any additional environment variables in the Environment variables field.

Environment variablesClick the Browse button browseButton.png to open the Environment Variables dialog box, where you can create variables and specify their values.

Note that you can copy-paste the contents of the Environment variables field without having to open the Environment Variables dialog box.


add ⌘N Click this button to add a new configuration to the list.
delete ⌘⌦ Click this button to remove the selected configuration from the list.
copy ⌘D Click this button to create a copy of the selected configuration.
settings Edit defaultsClick this button to edit the default configuration templates. The defaults are used for newly created configurations.
arrowUp or arrowDown ⌃↑ or ⌃↓ Use these buttons to move the selected configuration or folder up and down in the list.

The order of configurations or folders in the list defines the order in which configurations appear in the Run/Debug drop-down list on the main toolbar.

folder Move into new folder / Create new folder Use this button to create a new folder.

If one or more run/debug configurations are in focus, the selected run/debug configurations are automatically moved to the newly created folder. If only a category is in focus, an empty folder is created.

Move run/debug configurations to a folder using drag-and-drop, or the arrowUp arrowDown buttons.

sortAlphabetically Sort configurations Click this button to sort configurations in alphabetical order.

Common options

NameIn this text box, specify the name of the current run/debug configuration. This field does not appear for the default run/debug configurations.
Defaults This node in the left-hand pane of the dialog box contains the default run/debug configuration settings. Select the desired configuration to change its default settings in the right-hand pane. The defaults are applied to all newly created run/debug configurations.
Share Select this check box to make the run/debug configuration available to other team members.

The shared run/debug configurations are kept in separate xml files under .idea\runConfigurations folder, while the local run/debug configurations are kept in the .idea\workspace.xml.

This check box is not available when editing the run/debug configuration defaults.

Before launchSpecify which tasks must be performed before applying the run/debug configuration. The specified tasks are performed in the order they appear in the list.
ItemKeyboard shortcutDescription
add ⌘N Click this icon to add a task to the list. Select the task to be added:
  • Run External tool. Select this option to run an application which is external to AppCode. In the dialog that opens, select the application or applications that should be run. If the necessary application is not defined in AppCode yet, add its definition. For more information, see Configuring Third-Party Tools and External Tools.
  • Run Another Configuration. Select this option to have another run/debug configuration executed. In the dialog that opens, select the configuration to run.

    This option is available only if you have already at least one run/debug configuration in the current project.

  • Run File Watchers. Select this option to have AppCode apply all the currently active file watchers, see Using File Watchers for details.
delete ⌘⌦ Click this icon to remove the selected task from the list.
edit1 Click this icon to edit the selected task. Make the necessary changes in the dialog that opens.
arrowUp ⌃↑ Click this icon to move the selected task one line up in the list.
arrowDown ⌃↓ Click this icon to move the selected task one line down in the list.
Show this page Select this check box to have the run/debug configuration settings shown prior to actually starting the run/debug configuration.
Active tool windowSelect this option if you want the Run/Debug tool windows to be activated automatically when you run/debug your application. This option is enabled by default.

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Last modified: 10 February 2016