Python Tests

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Python test instrumentation is in beta. There are no billing implications for instrumenting Python tests during this period.


Supported Python interpreters:

  • Python >= 2.7 and >= 3.5

Supported test frameworks:

  • pytest >= 3.0.0
    • pytest < 5 when using Python 2


Install the Datadog Agent to collect tests data.

Installing the Python tracer

Install the Python tracer by running:

pip install -U ddtrace

For more information, see the Python tracer installation documentation.

Instrumenting your tests

To enable instrumentation of pytest tests, add the --ddtrace option when running pytest, specifying the name of the service or library under test in the DD_SERVICE environment variable, and the environment where tests are being run (for example, local when running tests on a developer workstation, or ci when running them on a CI provider) in the DD_ENV environment variable:

DD_SERVICE=my-python-app DD_ENV=ci pytest --ddtrace

If you also want to enable the rest of the APM integrations to get more information in your flamegraph, add the --ddtrace-patch-all option:

DD_SERVICE=my-python-app DD_ENV=ci pytest --ddtrace --ddtrace-patch-all

Configuration settings

The following is a list of the most important configuration settings that can be used with the tracer, either in code or using environment variables:

Name of the service or library under test.
Environment variable: DD_SERVICE
Default: pytest
Example: my-python-app
Name of the environment where tests are being run.
Environment variable: DD_ENV
Default: none
Examples: local, ci

The following environment variable can be used to configure the location of the Datadog Agent:

Datadog Agent URL for trace collection in the form http://hostname:port.
Default: http://localhost:8126

All other Datadog Tracer configuration options can also be used.

Collecting Git metadata

Datadog uses Git information for visualizing your test results and grouping them by repository, branch, and commit. Git metadata is automatically collected by the test instrumentation from CI provider environment variables and the local .git folder in the project path, if available.

If you are running tests in non-supported CI providers or with no .git folder, you can set the Git information manually using environment variables. These environment variables take precedence over any auto-detected information. Set the following environment variables to provide Git information:

URL of the repository where the code is stored. Both HTTP and SSH URLs are supported.
Git branch being tested. Leave empty if providing tag information instead.
Example: develop
Git tag being tested (if applicable). Leave empty if providing branch information instead.
Example: 1.0.1
Full commit hash.
Example: a18ebf361cc831f5535e58ec4fae04ffd98d8152
Commit message.
Example: Set release number
Commit author name.
Example: John Smith
Commit author email.
Commit author date in ISO 8601 format.
Example: 2021-03-12T16:00:28Z
Commit committer name.
Example: Jane Smith
Commit committer email.
Commit committer date in ISO 8601 format.
Example: 2021-03-12T16:00:28Z

Further reading