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 Configuring Django settings) and make your tests discoverable (see My tests are not being found. Why?):

Example using pytest.ini or tox.ini

# -- FILE: pytest.ini (or tox.ini)
# -- recommended but optional:
python_files = test_*.py *

Example using pyproject.toml

# -- Example FILE: pyproject.toml
DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE = "test.settings"
# -- recommended but optional:
python_files = ["test_*.py", "*", "testing/python/*.py"]

Run your tests with pytest:

$ pytest

Why would I use this instead of Django’s 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.

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