Testament is an advanced automatic unittests runner for Nim tests, is used for the development of Nim itself, offers process isolation for your tests, it can generate statistics about test cases, supports multiple targets (C, C++, ObjectiveC, JavaScript, etc), simulated Dry-Runs, has logging, can generate HTML reports, skip tests from a file, and more, so can be useful to run your tests, even the most complex ones.

Test files location

By default Testament looks for test files on "./tests/*.nim". You can overwrite this pattern glob using pattern <glob>. The default working directory path can be changed using --directory:"folder/subfolder/".

Testament uses the nim compiler on PATH. You can change that using --nim:"folder/subfolder/nim". Running JavaScript tests with --targets:"js" requires a working NodeJS on PATH.


Running a single test

This is a minimal example to understand the basics, not very useful for production, but easy to understand:

$ mkdir tests
$ echo "assert 42 == 42" > tests/test0.nim
$ testament run test0.nim
  PASS: tests/test0.nim C                                       ( 0.2 sec)

$ testament r test0
  PASS: tests/test0.nim C                                       ( 0.2 sec)

Running all tests from a directory

$ testament pattern "tests/*.nim"

To search for tests deeper in a directory, use

$ testament pattern "tests/**/*.nim"    # one level deeper
$ testament pattern "tests/**/**/*.nim" # two levels deeper

HTML Reports

Generate HTML Reports testresults.html from unittests, you have to run at least 1 test before generating a report:

$ testament html

Writing Unitests

Example "template" to edit and write a Testament unittest:

discard """
  # What actions to expect completion on.
  # Options:
  #   "compile": expect successful compilation
  #   "run": expect successful compilation and execution
  #   "reject": expect failed compilation. The "reject" action can catch
  #             {.error.} pragmas but not {.fatal.} pragmas because
  #             {.fatal.} pragmas guarantee that compilation will be aborted.
  action: "run"
  # The exit code that the test is expected to return. Typically, the default
  # value of 0 is fine. Note that if the test will be run by valgrind, then
  # the test will exit with either a code of 0 on success or 1 on failure.
  exitcode: 0
  # Provide an `output` string to assert that the test prints to standard out
  # exatly the expected string. Provide an `outputsub` string to assert that
  # the string given here is a substring of the standard out output of the
  # test.
  output: ""
  outputsub: ""
  # Whether to sort the output lines before comparing them to the desired
  # output.
  sortoutput: true
  # Each line in the string given here appears in the same order in the
  # compiler output, but there may be more lines that appear before, after, or
  # in between them.
  nimout: '''
a very long,
  # This is the Standard Input the test should take, if any.
  input: ""
  # Error message the test should print, if any.
  errormsg: ""
  # Can be run in batch mode, or not.
  batchable: true
  # Can be run Joined with other tests to run all togheter, or not.
  joinable: true
  # On Linux 64-bit machines, whether to use Valgrind to check for bad memory
  # accesses or memory leaks. On other architectures, the test will be run
  # as-is, without Valgrind.
  # Options:
  #   true: run the test with Valgrind
  #   false: run the without Valgrind
  #   "leaks": run the test with Valgrind, but do not check for memory leaks
  valgrind: false   # Can use Valgrind to check for memory leaks, or not (Linux 64Bit only).
  # Command the test should use to run. If left out or an empty string is
  # provided, the command is taken to be:
  # "nim $target --hints:on -d:testing --nimblePath:build/deps/pkgs $options $file"
  # You can use the $target, $options, and $file placeholders in your own
  # command, too.
  cmd: "nim c -r $file"
  # Maximum generated temporary intermediate code file size for the test.
  maxcodesize: 666
  # Timeout seconds to run the test. Fractional values are supported.
  timeout: 1.5
  # Targets to run the test into (c, cpp, objc, js).
  targets: "c js"
  # flags with which to run the test, delimited by `;`
  matrix: "; -d:release; -d:caseFoo -d:release"
  # Conditions that will skip this test. Use of multiple "disabled" clauses
  # is permitted.
  disabled: "bsd"   # Can disable OSes...
  disabled: "win"
  disabled: "32bit" # ...or architectures
  disabled: "i386"
  disabled: "azure" # ...or pipeline runners
  disabled: true    # ...or can disable the test entirely

assert true
assert 42 == 42, "Assert error message"

Unitests Examples

Expected to fail:

discard """
  errormsg: "undeclared identifier: 'not_defined'"
assert not_defined == "not_defined", "not_defined is not defined"

Non-Zero exit code:

discard """
  exitcode: 1
quit "Non-Zero exit code", 1

Standard output checking:

discard """
  output: '''

for i in 0..5: echo i

JavaScript tests:

discard """
  targets: "js"
when defined(js):
  import std/jsconsole
  console.log("My Frontend Project")

Compile-time tests:

discard """
  action: "compile"
static: assert 9 == 9, "Compile time assert"

Tests without Spec:

assert 1 == 1

See also: