Trivial functions for working with coverage for packages locally.
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This is a collection of trivial functions to facilitate generating and exploring test coverage information for Julia packages locally, without using any remote/cloud services.



or ]add LocalCoverage from the Julia REPL.

Optional Dependencies

The package has several optional features which require additional dependencies. lcov is required for generating HTML output. You can install it via

  • Debian/Ubuntu: sudo apt install lcov
  • Arch/Manjaro: yay -S lcov

Note that the code in this package assumes a reasonably recent lcov version when calling genhtml, ideally 1.13, but 1.12 should work too. This does not prevent installation, only emits a warning.

LocalCoverage also provides an option to generate a Cobertura XML, which is used by JVM-related test suites such as Jenkins. Using this requires the Python module lcov_cobertura (>= v2.0.1). With Python installed, you can install this module via pip install lcov_cobertura.


When generating test coverage, Julia places annotated *.cov source code files in the same directory as the source code itself. Those files are processed to evaluate coverage data, represented by the PackageCoverage struct, and are automatically removed by the package. An coverage/lcov.info file is also created in the package dir. We recommend using this package with packages added with the Pkg.dev installation option (which allows for easy manipulation of the package directory).

To generate test coverage data do

using LocalCoverage
# pkg is the package name as a string, e.g. "LocalCoverage"
generate_coverage(pkg = nothing; run_test = true) # defaults shown

You can then navigate to the coverage subdirectory of the package directory (e.g. ~/.julia/dev/PackageName/coverage) and see the generated coverage summaries. Note that the test execution step may be skipped if *.cov files were already generated (possibly by some external package).

To generate, and optionally open, the coverage report HTML do

html_coverage(coverage::PackageCoverage; open = false, dir = tempdir()) # defaults shown

A utility method is also provided to easily print coverage statistics and exit with a status reflecting if some given target coverage was met. It can be used from a shell by doing

julia --project -e'using LocalCoverage; report_coverage(target_coverage=90)'