Walkthrough: Run tests and view code coverage

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To see what proportion of your project's code is actually being tested, use the code coverage feature of Visual Studio 2012 RC. To do this, first edit the run configuration to indicate the assembly containing the code whose coverage you want to measure; then, run tests on that code. Detailed code coverage statistics appear in a window, and you can also see, line-by-line, which code has been tested.


Run Tests and View Code Coverage

To run tests and view code coverage

  1. In Solution Explorer, note the name of your solution. If you used the project from Walkthrough: Creating and running unit tests for managed code, the solution's name is Bank. This solution contains the code-under-test.

  2. In Solution Explorer, under Solution Items, double-click the test settings file, Local.testsettings.

    The Test Settings dialog box is displayed.

  3. Select Data and Diagnostics.

  4. Under Role, select <Local machine only> as the role to use to collect code coverage data.


    For code coverage data this must be the role that will run the tests.

  5. To modify the default code coverage settings, in the list of data diagnostic adapters select the check box for Code Coverage and then click Configure located immediately above the list of data diagnostic adapters.

    The Code Coverage Detail dialog box to configure code coverage collection is displayed.


    Collecting code coverage data does not work if you also have the test setting configured to collect IntelliTrace information.

  6. From the list, select the artifacts that you want to instrument.

  7. (Optional) To add another assembly that is not displayed, click Add Assembly.

    The Choose Assemblies to Instrument dialog box is displayed.

    1. Locate the assembly file (.exe, .dll, or .ocx) that you want to include in code coverage and then click Open. The file is added to the list.
  8. (Optional) Select Instrument assemblies in place to instrument the files in the location where they are built or after you copy them to a deployment directory. For more information about where to instrument your assemblies, see Choosing the Instrumentation Folder.

  9. (Optional) If any one of your assemblies that you added have a strong name, you might have to re-sign these assemblies. Click () to locate the key file that must be used when they are re-signed. For more information about how assemblies are re-signed, see Instrumenting and Re-Signing Assemblies.

  10. Click OK. The code coverage settings are now configured and saved for your test settings.


    To reset the configuration for this diagnostic data adapter, click Reset to default configuration.

  11. Click Save As and then click Save in the dialog box. A message box appears, prompting you to save the existing file. Click Yes in the message box to replace the existing file.

  12. On the Test menu, point to Select Active Test Settings. A submenu displays all the test settings in the solution. Put a check mark next to the test settings that you just edited, Local.testsettings. This makes it the active test settings.

  13. In the Test List Editor, select the check boxes next to CreditTest and DebitTest, right-click, and then click Run Checked Tests.

    The two tests run.

  14. On the Test Tools toolbar, click Code Coverage Results.

    The Code Coverage Results window opens.

  15. In the Code Coverage Results window, the Hierarchy column displays one node that contains data for all the code coverage achieved in the latest test run. The test run node is named using the format <user name>@<computer name> <date> <time>. Expand this node.

  16. Expand the node for the assembly, Bank.dll, for the namespace, BankAccountNS, and for the BankAccount class.

  17. The rows within the BankAccount class represent its methods. The columns in this table display coverage statistics for individual methods, for classes, and for the entire namespace.

  18. Double-click the row for the Debit method.

    The Class1.cs source-code file opens to the Debit method. In this file, you can see code highlighting. Lines highlighted light blue were exercised in the test run, lines highlighted beige were partially exercised and lines highlighted reddish brown were not exercised at all. By scrolling, you can see the coverage for the other methods in this file.

    If you selected the check box for TestProject1.dll in step 7, you can open Class1Test.cs, the source-code file that contains your unit tests, to see which test methods were exercised. The same highlighting scheme applies: light blue indicates exercised code; beige indicates a partially exercised code path, and reddish brown indicates a code path that was untraveled in the test run.

See Also


Walkthrough: Creating and running unit tests for managed code

Sample project for creating unit tests

Create Test Settings to Run Automated Tests from Visual Studio

How to: Apply Test Settings from Microsoft Visual Studio