This section covers the basics of how to download and install PyCTest.

Supported Environments

PyCTest is tested, built, and distributed for python 2.7, 3.6, and 3.7 on Linux/macOS through conda-forge. Windows support is possible but Anaconda compiler issues within conda-forge with respect to std::unique_ptr are currently causing issues.

Installing from source

Sometimes an adventurous user may want to get the source code, which is always more up-to-date than the one provided by Conda (with more bugs of course!).

For this you need to get the source from the PyCTest repository on GitHub. Download the source to your local computer using git by opening a terminal and running:

$ git clone

in the folder where you want the source code. This will create a folder called pyctest which contains a copy of the source code.

Source installation is also available through PyPi:

$ pip install -vvv pyctest

Installing dependencies

You will need a C compiler, C++ compiler, CMake, Git, OpenSSL, and Curl on your system. Generally, these packages already exist on your system. The C++ compiler requires support for C++11, in particular it needs to support lambdas and std::unique_ptr.

After navigating to inside the pyctest directory, you can install PyCTest by building/compiling the shared libraries and either of the following standard Python installation commands:

$ pip install -vvv .
$ python install

Common issues

  • Lack of full C++11 support, particularly std::unique_ptr

Importing PyCTest

In general, the base module is not utilized directly. The following import scheme is generally simplest:

import pyctest as _pyctest
import pyctest.pyctest as pyctest
import pyctest.pycmake as pycmake
import pyctest.helpers as helpers
from pyctest.cmake import CMake
from pyctest.ctest import CTest
from pyctest.cpack import CPack