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Code Coverage tells you how much of your application is tested.

CircleCI provides a number of different options for code coverage reporting, using built-in CircleCI features combined with open source libraries, or using partners.

Viewing Coverage on CircleCI

You can upload your code coverage reports directly to CircleCI. First, add a coverage library to your project and configure your build to write the coverage report to CircleCI’s artifacts directory. Code coverage reports will then be stored as build artifacts, from where they can be viewed or downloaded. See our build artifacts guide for more on accessing coverage reports.

artifacts tab screeshot

Here are a few examples to demonstrate configuring coverage libraries for different languages.

Ruby

Simplecov is a popular Ruby code coverage library. To get started, add the simplecov gem to your Gemfile

gem 'simplecov', require: false, group: :test

Start simplecov when your test suite starts. The example below demonstrates configuring simplecov for usage with Rails.

require 'simplecov'        # << Require simplecov
SimpleCov.start 'rails'    # << Start simplecov, using the "Rails" preset.

ENV['RAILS_ENV'] ||= 'test'
require_relative '../config/environment'
require 'rails/test_help'

class ActiveSupport::TestCase
  # Setup all fixtures in test/fixtures/*.yml for all tests in alphabetical order.
  fixtures :all
  # Add more helper methods to be used by all tests here...
end

Now configure your .circleci/config.yml for uploading your coverage report.

The simplecov README has more details.

Python

Coverage.py is a popular library for generating Code Coverage Reports in python. To get started, install Coverage.py:

pip install coverage
# previously you might have run your python project like:
python my_program.py arg1 arg2

# now prefix "coverage" to your command.
coverage run my_program.py arg1 arg2

In this example, you can generate a coverage report with the following commands:

coverage run -m pytest
coverage report
coverage html  # open htmlcov/index.html in a browser

The generated files will be found under htmlcov/, which can be uploaded in a store_artifacts step in your config:

Java

JaCoCo is a popular library for Java code coverage. Below is an example pom.xml that includes JUnit and JaCoCo as part of the build system:

<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0"
	xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
	xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">
	<modelVersion>4.0.0</modelVersion>

	<groupId>com.foo</groupId>
	<artifactId>DemoProject</artifactId>
	<version>0.0.1-SNAPSHOT</version>
	<packaging>jar</packaging>

	<name>DemoProject</name>
	<url>http://maven.apache.org</url>

	<properties>
		<project.build.sourceEncoding>UTF-8</project.build.sourceEncoding>
		<maven.compiler.source>1.6</maven.compiler.source>
    	<maven.compiler.target>1.6</maven.compiler.target>
	</properties>

	<dependencies>
		<dependency>
			<groupId>junit</groupId>
			<artifactId>junit</artifactId>
			<version>4.11</version>
			<scope>test</scope>
		</dependency>
	</dependencies>
	<build>
		<plugins>
			<plugin>
				<groupId>org.jacoco</groupId>
				<artifactId>jacoco-maven-plugin</artifactId>
				<version>0.8.3</version>
				<executions>
					<execution>
						<id>prepare-agent</id>
						<goals>
							<goal>prepare-agent</goal>
						</goals>
					</execution>
					<execution>
						<id>report</id>
						<phase>prepare-package</phase>
						<goals>
							<goal>report</goal>
						</goals>
					</execution>
					<execution>
						<id>post-unit-test</id>
						<phase>test</phase>
						<goals>
							<goal>report</goal>
						</goals>
						<configuration>
							<!-- Sets the path to the file which contains the execution data. -->

							<dataFile>target/jacoco.exec</dataFile>
							<!-- Sets the output directory for the code coverage report. -->
							<outputDirectory>target/my-reports</outputDirectory>
						</configuration>
					</execution>
				</executions>
				<configuration>
					<systemPropertyVariables>
						<jacoco-agent.destfile>target/jacoco.exec</jacoco-agent.destfile>
					</systemPropertyVariables>
				</configuration>
			</plugin>
		</plugins>
	</build>
</project>

Running mvn test will include a code coverage report (an exec) file that is also converted to an html page, like many other coverage tools. The Pom file above writes to the target directory, which you can then store as an artifact in your CircleCI config.yml file.

Here is a minimal CI configuration to correspond with the above example:

JavaScript

Istanbul is a popular library for generating code coverage reports for JavaScript projects. Another popular testing tool, Jest, uses Istanbul to generate reports. Consider this example:

PHP

PHPUnit is a popular testing framework for PHP. To generate code-coverage reports you may need to install PHP Xdebug if you are using an earlier version than PHP 5.6. Versions of PHP after 5.6 have access to a tool called phpdbg; you can generate a report using the command phpdbg -qrr vendor/bin/phpunit --coverage-html build/coverage-report

In the following basic .circleci/config.yml we upload the coverage reports in the store_artifacts step at the end of the config.

Golang

Go has built-in functionality for generating code coverage reports. To generate reports, add the flag -coverprofile=c.out. This will generate a coverage report which can be converted to html via go tool.

go test -cover -coverprofile=c.out
go tool cover -html=c.out -o coverage.html

An example .circleci/config.yml:

version: 2.1

jobs:
  build:
    docker:
      - image: cimg/go:1.16
        auth:
          username: mydockerhub-user
          password: $DOCKERHUB_PASSWORD  # context / project UI env-var reference
    steps:
      - checkout
      - run: go build
      - run:
          name: "Create a temp directory for artifacts"
          command: |
            mkdir -p /tmp/artifacts
      - run:
          command: |
            go test -coverprofile=c.out
            go tool cover -html=c.out -o coverage.html
            mv coverage.html /tmp/artifacts
      - store_artifacts:
          path: /tmp/artifacts

Using a code coverage service

Codecov

Codecov has an orb to help simplify the process of uploading your coverage reports.

Note: The Codecov orb is a Partner orb. You or your organization admin will need to opt in to using uncertified orbs in order to use it. This setting is available at Organization Settings > Security in the CircleCI web app.

version: 2.1
orbs:
  codecov: codecov/codecov@1.0.2
jobs:
  build:
    steps:
      - codecov/upload:
          file: 

Read more about Codecov’s orb in their guest blog post.

Coveralls

If you’re a Coveralls customer, follow their guide to set up your coverage stats. You’ll need to add COVERALLS_REPO_TOKEN to your CircleCI environment variables.

Coveralls will automatically handle the merging of coverage stats in concurrent jobs.


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