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Running tests

utPLSQL framework provides two main entry points to run unit tests from within database:

  • procedures and functions
  • procedures

Those two entry points differ in purpose and behavior. Most of the times, you will want to use as the ut_runner is designed for API integration and does not output the results to the screen directly.


If you are thinking about running you tests from a command line or from a CI server like Jenkins/Temcity the best way is to use the utPLSQL-sql-cli You may download the latest release of the command line client automatically by using the below command (Unix).

# Get the url to latest release "zip" file
DOWNLOAD_URL=$(curl --silent | awk '/zipball_url/ { print $2 }' | sed -r 's/"|,//g')
# Download the latest release "zip" file
curl -Lk "${DOWNLOAD_URL}" -o
# Extract downloaded "zip" file
unzip -q

Package ut contains overloaded procedures and functions run. The run API is designed to be called directly by developer, when using IDE/SQL console to execute unit tests. The main benefit of using this API is it's simplicity. One-line call is enough to execute a set of tests form one or multiple schemes.

The procedures execute specified tests and produces outputs to DBMS_OUTPUT using specified reporter The functions can only be used in SELECT statements. They execute specified tests and produce outputs as a pipelined data stream to be consumed by select satement. procedures

Below examples illustrate different ways and options to invoke procedures.

alter session set current_schema=hr;
Executes all tests in current schema (HR).

Executes all tests in specified schema (HR).


Executes all tests from all packages that are on the com.my_org.my_project suitepath. Check the annotations documentation to find out about suitepaths and how they can be used to organize test packages for your project.

Executes all tests from package hr.test_apply_bonus.

Executes single test procedure hr.test_apply_bonus.bonus_cannot_be_negative.

Executes all tests from package hr.test_apply_bonus and all tests from schema cust.

Using a list of items to execute allows you to execute a fine-grained set of tests.


ut_documentation_reporter is default reporter for all API's defined for running unit tests.

The procedures and functions accept a_reporter attribute that defines the reporter to be used in the run. You can execute any set of tests with any of the predefined reporters.

begin'hr.test_apply_bonus', ut_xunit_reporter());
Executes all tests from package HR.TEST_APPLY_BONUS and provide outputs to DBMS_OUTPUT using the XUnit reporter.

For details on build-in reporters look at reporters documentation. functions

The functions provide exactly the same functionality as the procedures. You may use the same sets of parameters with both functions and procedures. The only difference is the output of the results. Functions provide outputs as pipelined stream and therefore need to be executed as select statements.


select * from table('hr.test_apply_bonus', ut_xunit_reporter())); procedures

The ut_runner provides API for integrating utPLSQL with other products. Maven, Jenkins, SQL Develper, PL/SQL Developer, TOAD and others can leverage this API to call utPLSQL.

The main difference as compared to API is that the does not print outputs to the screen. accepts multiple reporters. Each reporter produces outputs into a separate output (uniquely identified by output_id). Outputs of multiple reporters can be consumed in parallel. This allows for live reporting of test execution progress with threads and several database sessions.

The concept is pretty simple.

  • in the main thread (session), define the reporters to be used. Each reporter has it's output_id and so you need to extract and store those output_id's.
  • as a separate thread, start the and pass reporters with previously defined output_id's
  • for each reporter start a separate thread and read outputs from ut_output_buffer.get_lines table function by providing the output_id defined in the main thread.

Last update: May 17, 2017 20:51:52
Created: February 26, 2017 02:13:22