pytest-relaxed provides ‘relaxed’ test discovery for pytest.
It is the spiritual successor to https://pypi.python.org/pypi/spec, but is
pytest instead of
nosetests, and rethinks some aspects of
the design (such as increased ability to opt-in to various behaviors.)
For a development roadmap, see the maintainer’s roadmap page.
Has it ever felt strange to you that we put our tests in
tests/, then name
test_foo.py, name the test classes
TestFoo, and finally
name the test methods
test_foo_bar? Especially when almost all of the code
tests/ is, well, tests?
This pytest plugin takes a page from the rest of Python, where you don’t have to explicitly note public module/class members, but only need to hint as to which ones are private. By default, all files and objects pytest is told to scan will be considered tests; to mark something as not-a-test, simply prefix it with an underscore.
The “it’s a test by default unless underscored” approach works for files:
tests ├── _util.py ├── one_module.py └── another_module.py
It’s applied to module members:
def _helper(): pass def one_thing(): assert True def another_thing(): assert False def yet_another(): assert _helper() == 'something'
And to class members:
class SomeObject: def behavior_one(self): assert True def another_behavior(self): assert False def _helper(self): pass def it_does_things(self): assert self._helper() == 'whatever'
As you might expect, there are a few more special cases around discovery to avoid fouling up common test extensions:
conftest.pyaren’t treated as tests, because they do special pytest things;
Module and class members named
setup_(module|class|method|function)are not considered tests, as they are how pytest implements classic/xunit style setup and teardown;
Objects decorated as fixtures with
@pytest.fixtureare, of course, also skipped.
If you like the idea of pytest-relaxed but have a large test suite, it may be daunting to think about “upgrading” it all in one go. It’s relatively simple to arrive at a ‘hybrid’ test suite where your legacy tests still run normally (as long as they’re already pytest-compatible, which is true for most unittest suites) but ‘relaxed’ style tests also work as expected.
The only change you’ll still have to make is renaming ‘helper’ files (any whose name doesn’t start with
test_) so their names begin with an underscore; then, of course, search and replace any imports of such files.
pytest-relaxedexplicitly sidesteps around anything that looks like “classic” test files (i.e. named
test_*), allowing pytest’s native collection to take effect. Such files should not need any alteration.
Our reporter (display) functionality still works pretty well with legacy style tests; test prefixes and suffixes are stripped at display time, so
TestMyThing.test_somethingstill shows up as if it was written in relaxed style:
However, because we don’t collect such tests, nesting and other features we offer won’t work until you’ve renamed the files to not start with
test_, and changed any classes to not inherit from
Nested class organization¶
On top of the relaxed discovery algorithm,
pytest-relaxed also lets you
organize tests in a nested fashion, again like the
spec nose plugin or the
tools that inspired it, such as Ruby’s
This is purely optional, but we find it’s a nice middle ground between having a proliferation of files or suffering a large, flat test namespace making it hard to see which feature areas have been impacted by a bug (or whatnot).
The feature is enabled by using nested/inner classes, like so:
class SomeObject: def basic_behavior(self): assert True class init: "__init__" def no_args_required(self): assert True def accepts_some_arg(self): assert True def sets_up_config(self): assert False class some_method: def accepts_whatever_params(self): assert False def base_behavior(self): assert True class when_config_says_foo: def it_behaves_like_this(self): assert False class when_config_says_bar: def it_behaves_like_this(self): assert True
Test discovery on these inner classes is recursive, so you can nest them as deeply as you like. Naturally, as with all Python code, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing…but that’s up to you.
Nested class attributes¶
If you’re namespacing your tests via nested classes, you may find yourself wanting to reference the enclosing “scope” of the outer classes they live in, such as class attributes. pytest-relaxed automatically copies such attributes onto inner classes during the test collection phase, allowing you to write code like this:
class Outer: behavior_one = True def outer_test(self): assert self.behavior_one class Inner: behavior_two = True def inner_test(self): assert self.behavior_one and self.behavior_two
The behavior is nested, infinitely, as you might expect;
Attributes that look like test classes or methods themselves, are not copied (though others, i.e. ones named with a leading underscore, are);
Only attributes _not_ already present on the inner class are copied; thus inner classes may naturally “override” attributes, just as with class inheritance.
Other test helpers¶
pytest-relaxed offers a few other random lightweight test-related utilities
that don’t merit their own PyPI entries (most ported from
spec), such as:
trap, a decorator for use on test functions and/or test helpers/subroutines which is similar to pytest’s own
capfdfixtures in that it allows capture of stdout/err.
It offers a slightly simpler API: it replaces
IOobjects which can be
getvalue()’d as needed.
More importantly, it can wrap arbitrary callables, which is useful for code-sharing use cases that don’t easily fit into the design of fixtures.
raises, a wrapper around
pytest.raiseswhich works as a decorator, similar to the Nose testing tool of the same name.
Nested output display¶
Continuing in the “port of
spec / inspired by RSpec and friends” vein,
pytest-relaxed greatly enhances pytest’s verbose display mode:
Tests are shown in a nested, tree-like fashion, with ‘header’ lines shown for modules, classes (including nested classes) and so forth.
The per-test-result lines thus consist of just the test names, and are colorized (similar to the built-in verbose mode) based on success/failure/skip.
Headers and test names are massaged to look more human-readable, such as replacing underscores with spaces.
spec, this functionality doesn’t affect normal/non-verbose output
at all, and can be disabled entirely, allowing you to use the relaxed test
discovery alongside normal pytest verbose display or your favorite pytest
output plugins (such as
Installation & use¶
As with most pytest plugins, it’s quite simple:
pip install pytest-relaxed;
Tell pytest where your tests live via the
testpathsoption; otherwise pytest-relaxed will cause pytest to load all of your non-test code as tests!
Not required, but strongly recommended: configure pytest’s default filename pattern (
python_files) to be an unqualified glob (
This doesn’t impact (our) test discovery, but pytest’s assertion ‘rewriting’ (the feature that turns
assert var == othervarinto
assert 17 == 2during error display) reuses this setting when determining which files to manipulate.
Thus, a recommended
pytest.ini, sans the header) is:
[tool:pytest] testpaths = tests python_files = *
Write some tests, as exampled above;
pytestto run the tests, and you’re done!