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pytest-django Documentation

pytest-django is a plugin for pytest that provides a set of useful tools for testing Django applications and projects.

Quick Start

$ pip install pytest-django

Make sure DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE is defined (see :ref:`configuring_django_settings`) and make your tests discoverable (see :ref:`faq-tests-not-being-picked-up`):

# -- FILE: pytest.ini (or tox.ini)
[pytest]
DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE = test_settings
# -- recommended but optional:
python_files = tests.py test_*.py *_tests.py

Run your tests with pytest:

$ pytest

Why would I use this instead of Django's manage.py test command?

Running the test suite with pytest offers some features that are not present in Django's standard test mechanism:

  • Less boilerplate: no need to import unittest, create a subclass with methods. Just write tests as regular functions.
  • Manage test dependencies with fixtures.
  • Run tests in multiple processes for increased speed.
  • There are a lot of other nice plugins available for pytest.
  • Easy switching: Existing unittest-style tests will still work without any modifications.

See the pytest documentation for more information on pytest.

Bugs? Feature Suggestions?

Report issues and feature requests at the GitHub issue tracker.

Table of Contents

.. toctree::
   :maxdepth: 3

   tutorial
   configuring_django
   managing_python_path
   usage
   database
   helpers
   faq
   contributing
   changelog

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