Developing TextTest

Perhaps you are missing a feature in TextTest or want to fix a bug in it. Before embarking on TextTest development you might want to raise an issue on github, and/or send a message about it to the texttest mailing list. If you decide you still want to develop TextTest, you will need to check out the code, make your change, test it, then send a pull request to the project maintainers.

This tutorial explains how to set up a working development environment for TextTest.

Clone the code and the self tests

For convenience, create a folder where you can keep all the texttest repositories. Set the environment variable $TEXTTEST_HOME to point at it in your shell.

$ mkdir texttest_dev
$ cd texttest_dev

In that folder, clone the texttest sourcecode and the self tests. They are two different repositories:

$ git clone
$ git clone

Build and install texttest from source

You may find it convenient to set up a virtual environment and use that python to install texttest, so you can easily switch between your locally built texttest and the released version. The following command assumes you have set up a virtualenv and use it when you run python.

$ cd texttest
$ python build
$ python install

This should create a texttest executable under the ‘bin’ directory of your python installation. This should be on your $PATH so that this command will run texttest

$ texttest --help

You can now run and test your locally built texttest.

run the self tests

Running the tests on the command line, sequentially:

$ cd $TEXTTEST_HOME/selftest
$ texttest -con -c ../texttest -l

If any tests fail, you will need to configure your diff tool to view failure information.

Updating the documentation

Texttest currently has two websites. This one, [], and the older one on []. Clone the sourcecode and the sourcecode.

Each of those repositories has some instructions in their README file to help you.

Submitting your change to the project maintainers

Send a pull request in the usual way. Pull requests are more likely to be accepted if they are small, well documented, and the self tests pass.