Thursday, July 11, 2013

Python: skip a unittest with unittest.skipTest

There's a neat way to skip python tests built into unittest. You can use decorators for the test or whole class of tests that will skip a test unconditionally or based on a condition.

In my case there was significant setup to do before I knew whether or not this test should be skipped, in which case you can call unittest.TestCase.skipTest, which just raises a unittest.SkipTest exception that is handled by the test runner. It looks like this:
In [40]: runner = unittest.TextTestRunner()

In [41]: class testing(unittest.TestCase):
    def testblah(self):
    def setUp(self):
    def runTest(self):

In [42]: thistestclass=testing()

In [43]:
Ran 1 test in 0.000s  

OK (skipped=1)

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