What is actual state of .NET Core development for those who write NUnit tests?
Can we write cross-platform applications testing them with NUnit?
Is there are project templates like xUnit has?
Is there a tooling support for NUnit on par with xUnit and MSTest?
Couple days ago I asked myself these three questions. Here I'll show the results of exploration on the first day of summer 2017.
Post will contain many links, they are here just for me for memory.
.NET Core project system
There was some perturbations in .NET Core tooling world.
Initially .NET Core team implemented
package.json-based project system . Many efforts the community made to implement tooling support for this ecosystem (test runners, IDE tooling etc). Rob Prouse written post about using dotnet-test-nunit package to support running NUnit tests with
dotnet test command. This test runner can run your NUnit tests if you have
Then .NET Core team decided to throw away
package.json-based projects (they are deprecated now) in favor to well-known MSBuild-based format (aka
csproj). Good news, they are simplified
csproj files significantly. Bad news, all the tooling for
package.json projects will not work with it (like
dotnet-test-nunit) and will never be updated in future.
To the future, when you start writing a new project, choose
NUnit support for .NET Core
.NET Standard 1.6 and lower has many missing parts. .NET Standard 2 will be released in the fall and will implement many familiar APIs to the place. You can try now .NET Standard 2 preview, the future is at hand. I tried it and was pleasantly surprised that I can now use XslCompiledTransform class in .NET Core!
NUnit Test Project Template
There is xUnit Test Project template for
dotnet new command out of the box. There was efforts to implement such support for NUnit too, PR was merged by .NET Core CLI team. But since then
dotnet new command has changed its templating engine and the team forgot to create new templates for NUnit.
Fortunately, that's was not so hard to add similar project template for NUnit. I've created github repository and nuget package NUnit3.DotNetNew.Template. It is mostly based on xUnit Test Project template from dotnet/cli repository.
To install this NUnit Test Project template you can run:
dotnet new -i NUnit3.DotNetNew.Template
Get additional info is as easy as:
> dotnet new nunit -h NUnit 3 Test Project (C#) Description: A project that contains NUnit tests that can run on .NET Core on Windows, Linux and macOS Options: -f|--framework The target framework for the project. netcoreapp1.0 - Target netcoreapp1.0 netcoreapp1.1 - Target netcoreapp1.1 netcoreapp2.0 - Target netcoreapp2.0 Default: netcoreapp2.0 -p|--enable-pack Whether or not to enable packaging (via ("dotnet pack") for the project. bool - Optional Default: false --no-restore If specified, skips the automatic restore of the project on create. bool - Optional Default: false
To create new NUnit Test Project, simply run:
dotnet new nunit
Running NUnit tests
dotnet test command to running unit tests. This command will work with Visual Studio Test Runner Adapters which targeted to
.NET Standard or
.NET Core App. There is efforts to do this for NUnit, NUnit3TestAdapter v3.8.0-alpha1 now has
.NETCoreApp 1.0 targeting and can be used with
dotnet test command.
To add such support for your test project you should add following packages to your
<ItemGroup> <PackageReference Include="nunit" Version="3.7.0" /> <PackageReference Include="NUnit3TestAdapter" Version="3.8.0-*" /> <PackageReference Include="Microsoft.NET.Test.Sdk" Version="15.0.0" /> </ItemGroup>
Now we can run our tests:
> dotnet test Build started, please wait... Build completed. Test run for tests.dll (.NETCoreApp,Version=v2.0) Microsoft (R) Test Execution Command Line Tool Version 15.3.0-preview-20170502-03 Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Starting test execution, please wait... NUnit Adapter 126.96.36.199: Test execution started Running all tests in tests.dll NUnit3TestExecutor converted 1 of 1 NUnit test cases NUnit Adapter 188.8.131.52: Test execution complete Total tests: 1. Passed: 1. Failed: 0. Skipped: 0. Test Run Successful. Test execution time: 1.4135 Seconds
There is promising dotnet watch tool which will run
dotnet build or
dotnet test command when files are get changed. To add support for this tool, add these lines to your
<ItemGroup> <DotNetCliToolReference Include="Microsoft.DotNet.Watcher.Tools" Version="1.0.1" /> </ItemGroup>
Note that Watcher Tool v2.0.0 preview already exists. You can use it if you targeted to
.NET Standard 2or to
.NET Core App 2.
Try it out! Below I have one passing test then I have changed it to fail. Watcher rebuilds project and rerun all the tests. We see that second run has one failed test, watcher works just like Swiss clock :)
> dotnet watch test watch : Started Build started, please wait... Build completed. Test run for tests.dll(.NETCoreApp,Version=v2.0) Starting test execution, please wait... NUnit Adapter 184.108.40.206: Test execution started Running all tests in tests.dll NUnit3TestExecutor converted 1 of 1 NUnit test cases NUnit Adapter 220.127.116.11: Test execution complete Total tests: 1. Passed: 1. Failed: 0. Skipped: 0. Test Run Successful. Test execution time: 1.4240 Seconds watch : Exited watch : Waiting for a file to change before restarting dotnet... watch : Started Build started, please wait... Build completed. Starting test execution, please wait... NUnit Adapter 18.104.22.168: Test execution started Running all tests in tests.dll NUnit3TestExecutor converted 1 of 1 NUnit test cases NUnit Adapter 22.214.171.124: Test execution complete Failed Test1 Stack Trace: at Tests.Tests.Test1() in /home/hal/git/tests/UnitTest1.cs:line 15 Total tests: 1. Passed: 0. Failed: 1. Skipped: 0. Test Run Failed. Test execution time: 1.4234 Seconds watch : Exited with error code 1 watch : Waiting for a file to change before restarting dotnet...
Despite preview status of the
.NET Core 2,
.NET Standard 2 and
NUnit3TestAdapter, I think that the tooling is ready for real tasks. I'm glad to see that with
.NET Standard 2 targeting I can compile my friend's reflection-heavy project without any change of source code! Now we can fully use NUnit tests for .NET Core projects, and we have same tooling support like other unit-tests frameworks supported by Microsoft.