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Class: matlab.unittest.TestSuite
Namespace: matlab.unittest

Create test suite from single test name



suite = matlab.unittest.TestSuite.fromName(testName) creates a test suite composed of a single Test object from the specified test name.

When you create and run a scalar test suite, the test class, function, or script specified by testName must be on the path.

suite = matlab.unittest.TestSuite.fromName(testName,Name,Value) specifies options using one or more name-value arguments. For example, suite = matlab.unittest.TestSuite.fromName(testName,"ExternalParameters",param) uses the specified external parameters to create a scalar test suite.

Input Arguments

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Test name, specified as a string scalar or character vector. For a given test file, the name of a test uniquely identifies the smallest runnable portion of the test content. The test name includes the namespace name, filename (excluding the extension), procedure name, and information about parameterization.

The testName argument corresponds to the Name property of the Test object.

Name-Value Arguments

Specify optional pairs of arguments as Name1=Value1,...,NameN=ValueN, where Name is the argument name and Value is the corresponding value. Name-value arguments must appear after other arguments, but the order of the pairs does not matter.

Example: suite = matlab.unittest.TestSuite.fromName(testName,ExternalParameters=param)

Before R2021a, use commas to separate each name and value, and enclose Name in quotes.

Example: suite = matlab.unittest.TestSuite.fromName(testName,"ExternalParameters",param)

External parameters to use in the tests, specified as an array of matlab.unittest.parameters.Parameter objects. Use this argument to specify external parameters instead of the existing parameters in a parameterized test. For more information, see Use External Parameters in Parameterized Test.

Names of the source files and folders required by the test, specified as a string vector, character vector, or cell vector of character vectors. When you use this argument, the file defining the test must depend on the specified source code. Otherwise, the method returns an empty test suite.

The specified value must represent at least one existing file. If you specify a folder, the framework extracts the paths to the files within the folder.

You must have a MATLAB® Test™ license to use DependsOn. For more information about selecting tests by source code dependency, see matlabtest.selectors.DependsOn (MATLAB Test).

Example: ["myFile.m" "myFolder"]

Example: ["folderA" "C:\work\folderB"]



To learn about attributes of methods, see Method Attributes.


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Create scalar test suites from test names by using the fromName static method.

In a file in your current folder, create the add5 function. The function accepts a numeric input and increments it by 5. If called with a nonnumeric input, the function throws an error.

function y = add5(x)
% add5 - Increment input by 5
if ~isa(x,"numeric")
    error("add5:InputMustBeNumeric","Input must be numeric.")
y = x + 5;

To test the add5 function, create the Add5Test class in a file named Add5Test.m in your current folder. The class tests the function against numeric and nonnumeric inputs.

classdef Add5Test < matlab.unittest.TestCase
    properties (TestParameter)
        type = {'double','single','int8','int32'};

    methods (Test)
        function numericInput(testCase,type)
            actual = add5(cast(1,type));
        function nonnumericInput(testCase)
            testCase.verifyError(@() add5("0"),"add5:InputMustBeNumeric")

Import the TestSuite class.

import matlab.unittest.TestSuite

Create a test suite from the Add5Test class and display the test names.

suite = testsuite("Add5Test");
    {'Add5Test/numericInput(type=int8)'  }
    {'Add5Test/numericInput(type=int32)' }
    {'Add5Test/nonnumericInput'          }

Create a test suite from the name of the test that corresponds to the nonnumericInput method. The resulting test suite contains a single Test object. Then run the test.

suite1 = TestSuite.fromName("Add5Test/nonnumericInput");
result1 = run(suite1);
Running Add5Test
Done Add5Test

Create a scalar test suite from the name of a parameterized test, and run the test.

suite2 = TestSuite.fromName("Add5Test/numericInput(type=single)");
result2 = run(suite2);
Running Add5Test
Done Add5Test

Version History

Introduced in R2014a

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