cricket python

A GUI tool for running Python test suites.

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Cricket is part of the BeeWare suite. The project website is

Cricket is a graphical tool that helps you run your test suites.

Normal unittest test runners dump all output to the console, and provide very little detail while the suite is running. As a result:

  • You can’t start looking at failures until the test suite has completed running,

  • It isn’t a very accessible format for identifying patterns in test failures,

  • It can be hard (or cumbersome) to re-run any tests that have failed.

Why the name cricket? Test Cricket_ is the most prestigious version of the game of cricket. Games last for up to 5 days… just like running some test suites. The usual approach for making cricket watchable is a generous dose of beer; in programming, Balmer Peak_ limits come into effect, so something else is required…

.. _BeeWare suite: .. _ .. _Test Cricket: .. _Balmer Peak:


At present, Cricket has support for:

  • Pre-Django 1.6 project test suites,
  • Django 1.6+ project test suites using unittest2-style discovery, and
  • unittest project test suites.

In your Django project, install cricket, and then run it::

$ pip install cricket
$ cricket-django

cricket-django will also work in Django’s own tests directory – i.e., you can use cricket-django to run Django’s own test suite (for Django 1.6 or later).

In a unittest project, install cricket, and then run it::

$ pip install cricket
$ cricket-unittest

This will pop up a GUI window. Hit “Run all”, and watch your test suite execute. A progress bar is displayed in the bottom right hand corner of the window, along with an estimate of time remaining.

While the suite is running, you can click on test names to see the output of that test. If the test passed, it will be displayed in green; other test results will be shown in other colors.

Problems under Ubuntu ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Ubuntu’s packaging of Python omits the idlelib library from it’s base package. If you’re using Python 2.7 on Ubuntu 13.04, you can install idlelib by running::

$ sudo apt-get install idle-python2.7

For other versions of Python and Ubuntu, you’ll need to adjust this as appropriate.

Problems under Windows ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you’re running Cricket in a virtualenv under Windows, you’ll need to set an environment variable so that Cricket can find the TCL graphics library::

$ set TCL_LIBRARY=c:\Python27\tcl\tcl8.5

You’ll need to adjust the exact path to reflect your local Python install. You may find it helpful to put this line in the activate.bat script for your virtual environment so that it is automatically set whenever the virtualenv is activated.


Documentation for cricket can be found on Read The Docs_.


Cricket is part of the BeeWare suite_. You can talk to the community through:

  • @pybeeware on Twitter_

  • The pybee/general_ channel on Gitter.

We foster a welcoming and respectful community as described in our BeeWare Community Code of Conduct_.


If you experience problems with cricket, log them on GitHub. If you want to contribute code, please fork the code and submit a pull request_.

.. _Read The Docs: .. [email protected] on Twitter: .. _pybee/general: .. _BeeWare Community Code of Conduct: .. _log them on Github: .. _fork the code: .. _submit a pull request:

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