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Tasty is a modern testing framework for Haskell.

It lets you combine your unit tests, golden tests, QuickCheck/SmallCheck
properties, and any other types of tests into a single test suite.


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Here's how your test.hs might look like:

import Test.Tasty
import Test.Tasty.SmallCheck as SC
import Test.Tasty.QuickCheck as QC
import Test.Tasty.HUnit

import Data.List
import Data.Ord

main = defaultMain tests

tests :: TestTree
tests = testGroup "Tests" [properties, unitTests]

properties :: TestTree
properties = testGroup "Properties" [scProps, qcProps]

scProps = testGroup "(checked by SmallCheck)"
  [ SC.testProperty "sort == sort . reverse" $
      \list -> sort (list :: [Int]) == sort (reverse list)
  , SC.testProperty "Fermat's little theorem" $
      \x -> ((x :: Integer)^7 - x) `mod` 7 == 0
  -- the following property does not hold
  , SC.testProperty "Fermat's last theorem" $
      \x y z n ->
        (n :: Integer) >= 3 SC.==> x^n + y^n /= (z^n :: Integer)

qcProps = testGroup "(checked by QuickCheck)"
  [ QC.testProperty "sort == sort . reverse" $
      \list -> sort (list :: [Int]) == sort (reverse list)
  , QC.testProperty "Fermat's little theorem" $
      \x -> ((x :: Integer)^7 - x) `mod` 7 == 0
  -- the following property does not hold
  , QC.testProperty "Fermat's last theorem" $
      \x y z n ->
        (n :: Integer) >= 3 QC.==> x^n + y^n /= (z^n :: Integer)

unitTests = testGroup "Unit tests"
  [ testCase "List comparison (different length)" $
      [1, 2, 3] `compare` [1,2] @?= GT

  -- the following test does not hold
  , testCase "List comparison (same length)" $
      [1, 2, 3] `compare` [1,2,2] @?= LT

And here is the output of the above program:

(Note that whether QuickCheck finds a counterexample to the third property is
determined by chance.)


tasty is the core package. It contains basic definitions and APIs and a
console runner.

In order to create a test suite, you also need to install one or more «providers» (see


The following providers exist:

It's easy to create custom providers using the API from Test.Tasty.Providers.


Ingredients represent different actions that you can perform on your test suite.
One obvious ingredient that you want to include is one that runs tests and
reports the progress and results.

Another standard ingredient is one that simply prints the names of all tests.

It is possible to write custom ingredients using the API from Test.Tasty.Runners.

Some ingredients that can enhance your test suite are:

Other packages


Options allow one to customize the run-time behavior of the test suite, such

Setting options

There are two main ways to set options:


When using the standard console runner, the options can be passed on the
command line or via environment variables. To see the available options, run
your test suite with the --help flag. The output will look something like this
(depending on which ingredients and providers the test suite uses):

% ./test --help
Mmm... tasty test suite

Usage: ex [-p|--pattern ARG] [-l|--list-tests] [-j|--num-threads ARG]
          [-q|--quiet] [--hide-successes] [--smallcheck-depth ARG]
          [--quickcheck-tests ARG] [--quickcheck-replay ARG]
          [--quickcheck-max-size ARG] [--quickcheck-max-ratio ARG]

Available options:
  -h,--help                Show this help text
  -p,--pattern ARG         Select only tests that match pattern
  -l,--list-tests          Do not run the tests; just print their names
  -j,--num-threads ARG     Number of threads to use for tests execution
  -q,--quiet               Do not produce any output; indicate success only by
                           the exit code
  --hide-successes         Do not print tests that passed successfully
  --smallcheck-depth ARG   Depth to use for smallcheck tests
  --quickcheck-tests ARG   Number of test cases for QuickCheck to generate
  --quickcheck-replay ARG  Replay token to use for replaying a previous test run
  --quickcheck-max-size ARG
                           Size of the biggest test cases quickcheck generates
  --quickcheck-max-ratio ARG
                           Maximum number of discared tests per successful test
                           before giving up

Every option can be passed via environment. To obtain the environment variable
name from the option name, replace hyphens - with underscores _, capitalize
all letters, and prepend TASTY_. For example, the environment equivalent of
--smallcheck-depth is TASTY_SMALLCHECK_DEPTH. To turn on a switch (such as
TASTY_HIDE_SUCCESSES), set the variable to True.

If you're using a non-console runner, please refer to its documentation to find
out how to configure options during the run time.


You can also specify options in the test suite itself, using
localOption. It can be applied not only to the whole test tree, but also to
individual tests or subgroups, so that different tests can be run with
different options.

It is possible to combine run-time and compile-time options, too, by using
adjustOption. For example, make the overall testing depth configurable
during the run time, but increase or decrease it slightly for individual

This method currently doesn't work for ingredient options, such as --quiet or


It is possible to restrict the set of executed tests using the --pattern
option. The syntax of patterns is the same as for test-framework, namely:

For example, group/*1 matches group/test1 but not
group/subgroup/test1, whereas both examples would be matched by
group/**1. A leading slash matches the beginning of the test path; for
example, /test* matches test1 but not group/test1.

Running tests in parallel

In order to run tests in parallel, you have to do the following:


To apply timeout to individual tests, use the --timeout (or -t) command-line
option, or set the option in your test suite using the mkTimeout function.

Timeouts can be fractional, and can be optionally followed by a suffix ms
(milliseconds), s (seconds), m (minutes), or h (hours). When there's no
suffix, seconds are assumed.


./test --timeout=0.5m

sets a 30 seconds timeout for each individual test.

Options controlling console output

The following options control behavior of the standard console interface:

Run the tests but don't output anything. The result is indicated only by the exit code, which is 1 if at least one test has failed, and 0 if all tests have passed. Execution stops when the first failure is detected, so not all tests are necessarily run. This may be useful for various batch systems, such as commit hooks.
Report only the tests that has failed. Especially useful when the number of tests is large.
Don't run the tests; only list their names, in the format accepted by --pattern.
Whether to produce colorful output. Accepted values: never, always, auto. auto means that colors will only be enabled when output goes to a terminal and is the default value.

Custom options

It is possible to add custom options, too.

To do that,

  1. Define a datatype to represent the option, and make it an instance of IsOption
  2. Register the options with the includingOptions ingredient
  3. To query the option value, use askOption.

See the Custom options in Tasty article for some examples.

Project organization and integration with Cabal

There may be several ways to organize your project. What follows is not
Tasty's requirements but my recommendations.

Tests for a library

Place your test suite sources in a dedicated subdirectory (called tests
here) instead of putting them among the main library sources.

The directory structure will be as follows:


test.hs is where your main function is defined. The tests may be
contained in test.hs or spread across multiple modules (Mod1.hs, Mod2.hs,
...) which are then imported by test.hs.

Add the following section to the cabal file (my-project.cabal):

test-suite test
      base >= 4 && < 5
    , tasty >= 0.7 -- insert the current version here
    , my-project   -- depend on the library we're testing
    , ...

Tests for a program

All the above applies, except you can't depend on the library if there's no
library. You have two options:


Blog posts and other publications related to tasty. If you wrote or just found
something not mentioned here, send a pull request!


Tasty is heavily influenced by test-framework.

The problems with test-framework are:

So I decided to recreate everything that I liked in test-framework from scratch
in this package.


Roman Cheplyaka is the primary maintainer.

Oliver Charles is the backup maintainer. Please
get in touch with him if the primary maintainer cannot be reached.