Commit 7efdd322 authored by Rebecca Breu's avatar Rebecca Breu Committed by Wolthera van Hövell

Add documentation for Python unit test setup

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Guide to working with Python developer tools
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:authors: - Rebecca Breu <>
:license: GNU free documentation license 1.3 or later.
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Python Developer Tools
For working with Krita's Python code, there are a couple of tools for running unit tests and code checks.
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To set up a Python environment for running code checks, unit tests etc, it is recommended to use a Python virtual environment for installing the needed Python packages. For this, install *virtualenwrapper* from your package manager or follow the `installation instructions <>`_. It is also possible to install the needed Python packages directly into your system.
To create a virtual environment for Python 3 with *virtualenwrapper*, run:
.. code::
mkvirtualenv krita -p /usr/bin/python3
This will create a virtual environment called *krita* and activate it. You will see that your command line now starts with `(krita)` to indicate the active virtual environment.
Now change into your Krita git repository install the needed dependencies into the environment:
.. code::
pip install --upgrade -r dev-tools/python/dev-requirements.txt
You can rerun this command to update the packages should the version numbers in the requirement file get updated.
To get out of the virtual environment, type:
.. code::
And to get back into the virtual environment, type:
.. code::
workon krita
Code Checks
The code checker follows Python's official style guide, `PEP8 <>`_.
To run codechecks on all Python files, type:
.. code::
flake8 .
Or limit to a specific directory or file:
.. code::
flake8 plugins/python/plugin_importer/
Unit Tests
To run all Python unit tests, type:
.. code::
pytest .
Or limit to a specific directory, file, or test:
.. code::
pytest plugins/python/plugin_importer/tests/
See `Pytest's Getting Started <>`_ documentation for more information about *pytest* in general.
Unit tests for Python plugins should reside in a `tests` folder inside the plugin's folder. See the `plugin_importer` plugin for example unit tests. Note that in order to be able to import Krita's Python plugins outside of Krita in the unit test setup, there is a mock `krita` module that will return mock objects for any attribute names so that importing `krita` and registering plugins etc. become no-ops. Thus, it's only possible to test code units that are independent of Krita-related functions. Another caveat is that the mock krita module doesn't work with wildcard imports (`from krita import *`), but those should be avoided anyway.
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To emit or create slots for objects that aren't standard python objects, you only have to put their names between quotation marks.
A note on unit tests
If you want to write unit tests for your plugin, have a look at the `mock krita module <>`_.
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