I see an error saying “could not import myproject.settings”
pytest-django tries to automatically add your project to the Python path by
looking for a
manage.py file and adding its path to the Python path.
If this for some reason fails for you, you have to manage your Python paths explicitly. See the documentation on Managing the Python path explicitly for more information.
How can I make sure that all my tests run with a specific locale?
from django.utils.translation import activate @pytest.fixture(autouse=True) def set_default_language(): activate('en')
My tests are not being found. Why?
By default, pytest looks for tests in files named
test_*.py (note that
this is not the same as
*_test.py. If you have your
tests in files with other names, they will not be collected. Note that
startapp manage command creates an
Also, it is common to put tests under
To find those tests, create a
pytest.ini file in your project root and add
python_files line to it:
[pytest] python_files = tests.py test_*.py *_tests.py
See the related pytest docs for more details.
When debugging test collection problems, the
--collectonly flag and
-rs (report skipped tests) can be helpful.
Does pytest-django work with the pytest-xdist plugin?
Yes. pytest-django supports running tests in parallel with pytest-xdist. Each process created by xdist gets its own separate database that is used for the tests. This ensures that each test can run independently, regardless of whether transactions are tested or not.
How can I use
manage.py test with pytest-django?
pytest-django is designed to work with the
pytest command, but if you
really need integration with
manage.py test, you can create a simple
test runner like this:
class PytestTestRunner: """Runs pytest to discover and run tests.""" def __init__(self, verbosity=1, failfast=False, keepdb=False, **kwargs): self.verbosity = verbosity self.failfast = failfast self.keepdb = keepdb @classmethod def add_arguments(cls, parser): parser.add_argument( '--keepdb', action='store_true', help='Preserves the test DB between runs.' ) def run_tests(self, test_labels, **kwargs): """Run pytest and return the exitcode. It translates some of Django's test command option to pytest's. """ import pytest argv =  if self.verbosity == 0: argv.append('--quiet') if self.verbosity == 2: argv.append('--verbose') if self.verbosity == 3: argv.append('-vv') if self.failfast: argv.append('--exitfirst') if self.keepdb: argv.append('--reuse-db') argv.extend(test_labels) return pytest.main(argv)
Add the path to this class in your Django settings:
TEST_RUNNER = 'my_project.runner.PytestTestRunner'
./manage.py test <django args> -- <pytest args>
Note: the pytest-django command line options
--dc are not
compatible with this approach, you need to use the standard Django methods of
variables or the
--settings command line option.
How can I give database access to all my tests without the django_db marker?
Create an autouse fixture and put it in
conftest.py in your project root:
@pytest.fixture(autouse=True) def enable_db_access_for_all_tests(db): pass
How/where can I get help with pytest/pytest-django?
Usage questions can be asked on StackOverflow with the pytest tag.
If you think you’ve found a bug or something that is wrong in the documentation, feel free to open an issue on the GitHub project for pytest-django.