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.NET Core Test Explorer


  • Test Explorer for .NET Core


  • .NET Core is installed
  • NUnit and MSTest requires a dotnet sdk version of >= 2.2.104.

New in 0.7.7

  • Better support for running the dotnet CLI in other language than English.


Open a .NET Core test project, or set

to the folder path of .NET Core test project. Then, you will see all the tests in Test Explorer. More information on how to set the testProjectPath can be found below under Settings.


The settings are available via

File / Preferences / Settings
. Navigate to extensions and .NET Core test explorer.


Settings examples


Glob pattern that points to path of .NET Core test project(s). A common pattern is


Given the folder structure * root * testProjectOne * testproject1.Tests.csproj * testProjectTwo * testproject2.Tests.csproj

the glob pattern "+(testProjectOne|testProjectTwo)" or "*/Tests.csproj" should add both of the test projects.


If true, starts dotnet watch test after test discovery is completed


Additional arguments that are added to the dotnet test command. These can for instance be used to collect code coverage data (

"/p:CollectCoverage=true /p:CoverletOutputFormat=lcov /p:CoverletOutput=../../"
) or pass test settings (

Stopping the current test runner(s)

Press the stop button in the top menu. This also works as a reset of sorts so if the extension has managed to end up in a weird state where it thinks a test is running even though it is not or that the debugger is running even though it is not the stop button can solve these types of issues as well.



Text from the dotnet test output as well as debug info is written to the Output/Test explorer terminal window. To view the log you can access it simply by clicking the view log icon.


Debugging (alpha)

To debug a test, right click the test and choose to Debug test. The option to run and debug test that appear in the code lens are provided by the omnisharp plugin and has nothing to do with this extension.

The debugger might get stuck before loading your test assembly code. If this happens you can continue the debug process (F5) and it should load the rest of the assemblies and stop and the desired breakpoint.

Keyboard shortcuts

  • Run all tests, default Alt+R Alt+A

  • Rerun last command, default Alt+R Alt+R

  • Run test(s) in context, default Alt+R Alt+C

Known issues

Go to test does not work with multiple workspaces

This is because of limitations in the omnisharp extensions. We can only navigate to symbols which are in the currently selected workspace.

Test result is not shown in CodeLens / tree

Try and change the setting dotnet-test-explorer.pathForResultFile to point to a folder you have access right too. CodeLens functionality also requires the C# extension)

No tree view or color-coded explorer for NUnit / MSTest

This requires you to run dotnet SDK version 2.2.104 or higher.

xUnit projects assembly name needs to match the test class namespace

See #201

DisplayName attribute not working for xUnit

See #56

Project discovery with UNC Paths doesn't work

See #179

Telemetry data

By default, anonymous telemetry data collection is turned on to understand user behavior to improve this extension. To disable it, update the settings.json as below:

    "dotnet-test-explorer.enableTelemetry": false

Change Log

See Change Log here


If you find any bug or have any suggestion/feature request, please submit the issues to the GitHub Repo.

❤️ Contributors

Thanks to all the contributors!

Special thanks to Stefan Forsberg (@stefanforsberg) for maintaining the project and implementing so many cool features! Also thanks to Janaka Abeywardhana (@janaka) for maintaining the project!

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