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Tests that depend on other tests

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This pytest plugin allows you to declare dependencies between pytest tests, where dependent tests will not run if the tests they depend on did not succeed.

Of course, tests should be self contained whenever possible, but that doesn't mean this doesn't have good uses.

This can be useful for when the failing of a test means that another test cannot possibly succeed either, especially with slower tests. This isn't a dependency in the sense of test A sets up stuff for test B, but more in the sense of if test A failed there's no reason to bother with test B either.


Simply install using pip (or easy_install):

pip install pytest-depends


BUILD_PATH = 'build'

def test_build_exists():
    assert os.path.exists(BUILD_PATH)

def test_build_version():
    result =[BUILD_PATH, '--version'], stdout=subprocess.PIPE)
    assert result.returncode == 0
    assert '1.2.3' in result.stdout

This is a simple example of the situation mentioned earlier. In this case, the first test checks whether the build file even exists. If this fails, the other test will not be ran, as there is no point in doing to.


This plugin will automatically re-order the tests so that tests are run after the tests they depend on. If another plugin also reorders tests (such as pytest-randomly), this may cause problems, as dependencies that haven't ran yet are considered failures.

This plugin attempts to make sure it runs last to prevent this issue, but there are no guarantees this is successful. If you run into issues with this in combination with another plugin, feel free to open an issue.


There are multiple ways to refer to each test. Let's start with an example, which we'll call

class TestClass(object):
    def test_in_class(self):

def test_outside_class():

def test_without_name(num):

The test_in_class test will be available under the following names:

  • foo

The test_outside_class test will be available under the following names:

  • foo

The test_without_name test will be available under the following names:


Note how some names apply to multiple tests. Depending on foo in this case would mean depending on both test_in_class and test_outside_class, and depending on would mean depending on all 3 tests in this file.

Another example, with parametrization. We'll call this one

@pytest.mark.parametrize('num', [
    pytest.param(1, marks=pytest.mark.depends(name='baz')),
def test_with_params(num):

The first run of the test, with num = 1, will be available under the following names:

  • bar
  • baz

The second run of the test, with num = 2, will be available under the following names:

  • bar

Note that the first name has a partially autogenerated name. If you want to depend on a single instance of a parametrized test, it's recommended to use the pytest.depends syntax to give it a name rather than depending on the autogenerated one.

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