xctool is a new command line tool from Facebook which it claims makes running XCode tests much simpler. I agree. Up until now, Apple have still not given developers a simple way to automate running tests at the command line which makes testing a pain and makes continuous integration even more of a pain. It’s not impossible, but it’s not as simple as it should be.
xctool is a replacement for
xcodebuild with a few extra handy features. I’m going to show you how to add this to your iOS/OSX project to greatly increase productivity and make testing more fun!
You’ll need the following before we get started:
- Ruby 1.9.3
Yeah, you heard me. Ruby. We can use the
guard gem to watch to changes to our project and then fire off a build in the command line. It’s as simple as that. Firstly, we need to create a
Gemfile in the root of our project.
$ cd /root/of/xcode/project $ touch Gemfile
Open up the
Gemfile and add the following:
1 2 3 4
At the command line, run:
$ bundle install
This grabs our needed gems and their dependencies. Now we’re ready for business.
guard installed, run
guard init shell at the command line. This will create a sample
Guardfile to get us started. The
Guardfile lists what files to watch for changes and what actions to take when changes are detected.
Open up the
Guardfile and add the following lines, I’ll run through what they do in a minute:
1 2 3 4 5 6
guard 'shell' do tells guard to use the
shell plugin we included in our
Line 2: This line watches our source files for changes. XCode includes lots of files, many of which change a lot and we don’t want to run our tests everytime those files change. (You might want to, I’m assuming you don’t.) This is just a regular expression which looks at any file that ends with .h, .m, .hh, or .mm (for you Objective-C++ users out there.)
Lines 3 and 4 alert the user that a file has changed, and line 4 runs
xctool. You’ll need to change where your
xctool is. I keep mine in the root folder of all my personal projects, I tried building a binary and adding it to
/usr/bin but I was unable to get it working. You have to pass
xctool the project file along with the scheme you want to build. That’s all there is to it!
Go to the root of your project and run:
and you’re all set. Try opening your XCode project and making a change to a file. Then just watch your command line automatically run all of the tests in your project. No more clicking in XCode, clever huh?