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Python Test Adapter for the VS Code Test Explorer

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Python Test Explorer for Visual Studio Code

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This extension allows you to run your Python Unittest, Pytest or Testplan tests with the Test Explorer UI.


Getting started


  • Shows a Test Explorer in the Test view in VS Code's sidebar with all detected tests and suites and their state
  • Convenient error reporting during test discovery
  • Unittest, Pytest and Testplan debugging
  • Shows a failed test's log when the test is selected in the explorer
  • Re-run tests on save
  • Supports multi-root workspaces
  • Supports Unittest, Pytest and Testplan test frameworks and their plugins

Comparison to Python extension's Test View

  • Better error reporting during the discovery stage. In case of errors, you will see such tests in an errored state, and by clicking on them, a complete error message would be shown in the Output panel. Python Extension, at best, won't show your tests that contain errors (syntax errors and invalid imports, for example).
  • Works better with pytest plugins - Tavern, for example. Python Extension won't discover these tests.
  • Based on Test Explorer UI. This fact may be useful if you have a workspace with projects in different languages/frameworks. Test Explorer UI has a lot of plugins, and you can conveniently discover and run tests at the same View.
  • Shows you errors and a complete output of your tests just by clicking on a failed test.
  • Shows only relevant folders from your workspace. Showing all workspace folders, as the Python Extension is doing, can be an issue when you have multiple workspace folders, but only a couple of them have any tests.
  • There might be some configurations when this extension will discover and run your tests, but Python Extension - won't.
  • User experience with both extensions is highly subjective. However, you might like the user interface of this extension better. Also, each discovery, test execution, and test cancellation won't require you to select a folder when you have multiple in your workspace.


By default the extension uses the configuration from Python extension for Visual Studio Code. To configure Python for your project see Getting Started with Python in VS Code.

However, the test framework used by this extension can be overridden by pythonTestExplorer.testFramework configuration property. Right now, the three available options are unittest, pytest and testplan. When the property is set to null, the configuration from Python extension is used.

Configuring Python test discovery and execution

List of currently used properties:

Property Description
python.pythonPath Path to Python.
python.envFile Path to environment variable definitions file.
python.testing.cwd Optional working directory for unit tests.
python.testing.unittestEnabled Whether to enable or disable unit testing using unittest (enables or disables test discovery for Test Explorer).
python.testing.unittestArgs Arguments used for test discovery (currently only -s and -p arguments are considered).
python.testing.pyTestEnabled Whether to enable or disable unit testing using pytest (enables or disables test discovery for Test Explorer).
python.testing.pytestPath Path to pytest executable or a pytest compatible module.
python.testing.pyTestArgs Arguments passed to the pytest. Each argument is a separate item in the array.
python.testing.autoTestDiscoverOnSaveEnabled When true tests will be automatically rediscovered when saving a test file.
pythonTestExplorer.testFramework Test framework to use (overrides Python extension properties python.testing.unittestEnabled and python.testing.pyTestEnabled).
pythonTestExplorer.testplanPath Relative path to testplan main suite.
pythonTestExplorer.testplanArgs Arguments passed in. Each argument is a separate item in the array.
pythonTestExplorer.testplanUseLegacyDiscovery Use old style of test listing for discovery (compatible with older versions of Testplan)
pythonTestExplorer.testplanEnabled Enable testing using Testplan. Note that Testplan is only supported for Python 3.7+.
pythonTestExplorer.outputs.collectOutputs Collect test run outputs in separate output channel.
pythonTestExplorer.outputs.showOutputsOnRun Activate test outputs channel on run.

Configuration supports a placeholders for the workspace folder as ${workspaceFolder} and environment variables in a form of ${env:YOUR_ENVIRONMENT_VARIABLE}.

Configuring Test Explorer UI

The following configuration properties are provided by Test Explorer UI:

Property Description
testExplorer.onStart Retire or reset all test states whenever a test run is started
testExplorer.onReload Retire or reset all test states whenever the test tree is reloaded
testExplorer.codeLens Show a CodeLens above each test or suite for running or debugging the tests
testExplorer.gutterDecoration Show the state of each test in the editor using Gutter Decorations
testExplorer.errorDecoration Show error messages from test failures as decorations in the editor
testExplorer.errorDecorationHover Provide hover messages for the error decorations in the editor
testExplorer.sort Sort the tests and suites by label or location. If this is not set (or set to null), they will be shown in the order that they were received from the adapter
testExplorer.showCollapseButton Show a button for collapsing the nodes of the test tree
testExplorer.showExpandButton Show a button for expanding the top nodes of the test tree, recursively for the given number of levels
testExplorer.showOnRun Switch to the Test Explorer view whenever a test run is started
testExplorer.addToEditorContextMenu Add menu items for running and debugging the tests in the current file to the editor context menu
testExplorer.mergeSuites Merge suites with the same label and parent
testExplorer.hideEmptyLog Hide the output channel used to show a test's log when the user clicks on a test whose log is empty
testExplorer.hideWhen Hide the Test Explorer when no test adapters have been registered or when no tests have been found by the registered adapters. The default is to never hide the Test Explorer (some test adapters only work with this default setting).

See Test Explorer UI documentation for the latest changes in configuration.

Configuring debug

The extension will look for a configuration in launch.json with "type": "python" and "purpose": ["debug-test"] (or "request": "test") to load any of the following options during debugging

  • name
  • console
  • env
  • stopOnEntry
  • showReturnValue
  • redirectOutput
  • debugStdLib
  • justMyCode
  • subProcess
  • envFile

For example,

    "version": "0.2.0",
    "configurations": [
            "name": "Debug test",
            "type": "python",
            "request": "attach",
            "console": "externalTerminal",
            "justMyCode": false,
            "stopOnEntry": true,
            "envFile": "${workspaceFolder}/.env.test",
            "purpose": ["debug-test"]


1. Disable duplicated Code Lenses

Test Explorer UI provides a set of Code Lenses to run and debug tests. However, the Python extension also provides a set of its own. As of now, there are no way to disable Code Lenses from the Python extension, see https://github.com/microsoft/vscode-python/issues/10898. If you use only Python Test Explorer to run your tests, you can disable testing functionality by the Python extension with the following settings

    // these settings are 'false' by default, so removing those should also work
    "python.testing.unittestEnabled": false, 
    "python.testing.nosetestsEnabled": false,
    "python.testing.pytestEnabled": false,
    "pythonTestExplorer.testFramework": "pytest" // (or unittest)

2. How to use this extension to run Django tests?

You can use pytest to discover and run Django tests with this extension. For this, install pytest-django package and follow its Getting started guide.

3. How to re-run tests on save?

Test Explorer UI allows to run tests on saving files in a workspace. To enable autorun, right-click on a test suite and select "Enable autorun". After that, any changes to files in a workspace will re-execute tests when files are saved. See the example below.


You can enable autorun for all tests by clicking on three dots in the Test explorer UI bar.



Whether no tests were discovered in the Test Explorer view or anything else doesn't work as expected, you can see logging output selecting Python Test Adapter Log in the Output section.

Questions, issues, feature requests, and contributions

  • If you're happy using this extension - star GitHub repo and share your positive feedback in VSCode Marketplace.
  • If you have any question or a problem with the extension, please file an issue. Make sure, to include information on Python version, test framework you using, what plugins are installed (mostly for pytest), and what do you see in logs (Python Test Adapter Log in the Output section).
  • Contributions are always welcome! Please see contributing guide for more details.
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