Welcome to the tox automation project
.. note:: Upcoming: `professional testing with pytest and tox <`http://www.python-academy.com/courses/specialtopics/python_course_testing.html>`_ , 24th-26th June 2013, Leipzig.
vision: standardize testing in Python
``tox`` aims to automate and standardize testing in Python. It is part
of a larger vision of easing the packaging, testing and release process
of Python software.
What is Tox?
Tox as is a generic virtualenv_ management and test command line tool you can use for:
* checking your package installs correctly with different Python versions and
* running your tests in each of the environments, configuring your test tool of choice
* acting as a frontend to Continuous Integration servers, greatly
reducing boilerplate and merging CI and shell-based testing.
First, install ``tox`` with ``pip install tox`` or ``easy_install tox``.
Then put basic information about your project and the test environments you
want your project to run in into a ``tox.ini`` file residing
right next to your ``setup.py`` file::
# content of: tox.ini , put in same dir as setup.py
envlist = py26,py27
deps=pytest # install pytest in the venvs
commands=py.test # or 'nosetests' or ...
You can also try generating a ``tox.ini`` file automatically, by running
``tox-quickstart`` and then answering a few simple questions.
To sdist-package, install and test your project against Python2.6 and Python2.7, just type::
and watch things happening (you must have python2.6 and python2.7 installed in your
environment otherwise you will see errors). When you run ``tox`` a second time
you'll note that it runs much faster because it keeps track of virtualenv details
and will not recreate or re-install dependencies. You also might want to
checkout :doc:`examples` to get some more ideas.
* **automation of tedious Python related test activities**
* **test your Python package against many interpreter and dependency configs**
- automatic customizable (re)creation of virtualenv_ test environments
- installs your ``setup.py`` based project into each virtual environment
- test-tool agnostic: runs py.test, nose or unittests in a uniform manner
* supports :ref:`using different / multiple PyPI index servers <multiindex>`
* uses pip_ and distribute_ by default.
* **cross-Python compatible**: Python-2.5 up to Python-3.3, Jython and pypy_
* **cross-platform**: Windows and Unix style environments
* **integrates with continuous integration servers** like Jenkins_
(formerly known as Hudson) and helps you to avoid boilerplatish
and platform-specific build-step hacks.
* **unified automatic artifact management** between ``tox`` runs both
in a local developer shell as well as in a CI/Jenkins context.
* **driven by a simple ini-style config file**
* **documented** :doc:`examples <examples>` and :doc:`configuration <config>`
* **concise reporting** about tool invocations and configuration errors
* **professionally** :doc:`supported <support>`
.. _pypy: http://pypy.org
.. _`tox.ini`: :doc:configfile
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