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CRAN R CMD check coverage

Add tests and assertions in-line in examples

Quick Start

Set up your package to use testex using


and then start adding tests!

#' Hello, World!
#' @examples
#' hello("World")
#' @test "Hello, World!"
#' hello("darkness my old friend")
#' @test grepl("darkness", .)
#' @export
hello <- function(who) {
  paste0("Hello, ", who, "!")

If you were already using testthat, you’ll immediately see a new test context for testing your examples. And if you aren’t using testthat, then you’ll find that your tests are being run with your examples when you run R CMD check

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will check that the result of the last example is identical to your test. You can use the example output in a function using a ..

#' @examples
#' sum(1:10)
#' @test 55
#' @test is.numeric(.)


is similar, but has the added benefit of automatically inserting a . into testthat::expect_* functions.

#' @examples
#' sum(1:10)
#' @testthat expect_equal(55)
#' @testthat expect_vector(numeric())

Prior Art

  • roxytest A slightly different approach. Allows tests to be written in-line, but generates test files used directly by a testing framework.