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continuous test runner for python

Project description

Autonose is an autotest-like tool for python, using the excellent nosetest library.


  • Re-run tests instantly when you save a file
  • Re-runs only tests that have failed or depend on changed files
  • GTK GUI (console fallback for other platforms or by passing in –console)
  • focus mode: keep running a single test (GUI only)

To activate focus mode, click the large grey circle next to the test result. To go back to normal mode, click the “#” in the status bar (next to the number of tests run).

Note: on a Mac, to get immediate filesystem notification you may need to install watchdog using easy_install, as it needs to compile a native extension which isn’t included in the 0install package.

Advanced use:

nosetests has a lot of options and plugins. autonose tries to work as best it can with them, but be warned that some plugins will interfere with autonose (particularly any that do their own output or manage test results).

However, you can pass any options you want to nose by prefixing them with -x, or by using --config=nose.cfg if you have a config file. (e.g. to turn on doctest, you should pass -x--with-doctest to autonose)


Autotest does not (currently):

  • understand dynamic imports (use of __import__)
  • track any file types other than .py

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