# Excluding code from coverage

history: 20090613T090500, brand new docs. 20100224T200900, updated for 3.3. 20100725T211700, updated for 3.4. 20110604T184400, updated for 3.5.

You may have code in your project that you know won't be executed, and you want to tell coverage to ignore it. For example, you may have debugging-only code that won't be executed during your unit tests. You can tell coverage to exclude this code during reporting so that it doesn't clutter your reports with noise about code that you don't need to hear about.

Coverage will look for comments marking clauses for exclusion. In this code, the "if debug" clause is excluded from reporting:

a = my_function1()
if debug:   # pragma: no cover
msg = "blah blah"
log_message(msg, a)
b = my_function2()


Any line with a comment of "pragma: no cover" is excluded. If that line introduces a clause, for example, an if clause, or a function or class definition, then the entire clause is also excluded. Here the __repr__ function is not reported as missing:

class MyObject(object):
def __init__(self):
blah1()
blah2()

def __repr__(self): # pragma: no cover
return "<MyObject>"


Excluded code is executed as usual, and its execution is recorded in the coverage data as usual. When producing reports though, coverage excludes it from the list of missing code.

## Branch coverage

When measuring :ref:branch coverage <branch>, a condtional will not be counted as a branch if one of its choices is excluded:

def only_one_choice(x):
if x:
blah1()
blah2()
else:       # pragma: no cover
# x is always true.
blah3()


Because the else clause is excluded, the if only has one possible next line, so it isn't considered a branch at all.

Coverage identifies exclusions by matching lines against a list of regular expressions. Using :ref:configuration files <config> or the coverage :ref:API <api>, you can add to that list. This is useful if you have often-used constructs to exclude that can be matched with a regex. You can exclude them all at once without littering your code with exclusion pragmas.

For example, you might decide that __repr__ functions are usually only used in debugging code, and are uninteresting to test themselves. You could exclude all of them by adding a regex to the exclusion list:

[report]
exclude_lines = def __repr__


For example, here's a list of exclusions I've used:

[report]
exclude_lines =
pragma: no cover
def __repr__
if self.debug:
if settings.DEBUG
raise AssertionError
raise NotImplementedError
if 0:
if __name__ == .__main__.:


Note that when using the exclude_lines option in a configuration file, you are taking control of the entire list of regexes, so you need to re-specify the default "pragma: no cover" match if you still want it to apply.

A similar pragma, "no branch", can be used to tailor branch coverage measurement. See :ref:branch for details.

## Excluding source files

See :ref:source for ways to limit what files coverage.py measures or reports on.