I see an error saying “could not import myproject.settings”

py.test breaks your sys.path. You need to either create a setup.py like this:

from distutils.core import setup setup(name=’myproj’, version=‘1.0’)

And then install your project into your virtualenv with pip install -e ..

Alternatively, you can use py.test’s conftest.py file, or a virtualenv hook to adjust the PYTHONPATH.

How can I make sure that all my tests run with a specific locale?

Activate a specific locale in your project’s conftest.py:

from django.utils.translation import activate

def pytest_runtest_setup(item):

My tests are not being picked up when I run py.test from the root directory. Why not?

By default, py.test looks for tests in files named test_*.py (note that this is not the same as test*.py). If you have your tests in files with other names, they will not be collected. It is common to put tests under app_directory/tests/views.py. To find those tests, create a pytest.ini file in your project root with the contents:


How can I avoid having to type DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=... to run the tests?

If you are using virtualenvwrapper, use a postactivate script to set DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE when your project’s virtualenv is activated.

This snippet should do the trick (make sure to replace YOUR_VIRTUALENV_NAME):

echo "export DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE=yourproject.settings" >> $WORKON_HOME/YOUR_VIRTUALENV_NAME/bin/postactivate

How does South and pytest-django play together?

Djangos own syncdb will always be used to create the test database, regardless of wheter South is present or not.

Does this work with the pytest-xdist plugin?

Yes, pytest-django supports running tests in parallel with pytest-xdist. Each process created by xdist gets its own database that is used for the tests. This ensures that each test can run independently.