This page describes the test suite of the PyFPDF library.

This page applicable to version 1.7.1 and newer.

Old tests

There are old tests in the tests folder from the stone-age. These will be removed when the test suite completely supersedes all the old tests.


  • Cover all fixed issues
  • Reach byte-to-byte accuracy with all Python versions (2.x and 3.x)
  • Alert when a change made in the library breaks something

Selected solution

Currently we support two different ways to run the test suite:

  • runtest.py - custom script
  • unittest - testing framework from the Python standard library


  • Automatically tests all available Python interpreters.
  • Better support for older Python versions (prior to 2.7)
  • Shows a concise table of results
  • Shows hints
  • Temporary files are stored inside the tests/out-x.x.x folder.

Quick start

This is not not an exclusive list of methods.

Installed copy:

  • Go to the tests folder
  • Run python runtest.py

Local copy:

  • Go to the tests folder
  • Set the PYFPDFTESTLOCAL variable
  • Run prepare_local.sh or prepare_local.bat
  • Run python runtest.py

Distributed copy:

  • In the root distributed folder:
  • PYTHON_PATH=. python tests/runtest.py

You can list specific tests and interpreters with the --test and --interp arguments. For detailed information see --help.

Please note, batch operations test required minimum in library, but when you call any test directly with python test/cover/text_xx.py.

Allowed syntax for calling tests/cover/* tests:

  • --auto - do not add timestamp and author metadata, do not open the created PDF (if the test produces one)
  • --check - check generated PDFs against an expected hash
  • result filename.

PDF output with --auto may differ.


  • cover - all new tests
  • fpdf_local - local copy of fpdf, generated by prepare_local
  • out-x.x.x - working directory for python x.x.x
  • runtest.py - batch tester
  • resources.txt - resources list
  • data files
  • old tests etc.

Every test can be executed as a standalone app from tests/cover or the tests/out-x.x.x folder.


  • More familiar and well documented framework (to specify different interpreters, enable warnings, etc)
  • Better exception reporting when a test fails
  • Shows unclosed files and deprecation warnings
  • Files are created in the current folder

Quck start

PYTHON_PATH=. python -m unittest discover -s tests/cover/



  • format - PDF, TXT
  • fn - result filename (if the test doesn't produce any external file, this can be omitted)
  • hash - hash when the file is created in automatic test mode
  • 2to3 - use the 2to3 tool (default - no)
  • python2 - this test can be used with python2 (default - yes)
  • python3 - this test can be used with python3 (default - yes)
  • pil - PIL or Pillow module is required (default - no)
  • platform - platform for this test (win32, linux2, etc; by default - all)


Some (most) tests use a font pack: http://pyfpdf.googlecode.com/files/fpdf_unicode_font_pack.zip

Place .ttf files in the tests/font folder. You can use the --downloadfonts option of runtest.py to download and extract them.

Test template

File tests/cover/test_template.py contains all additional information.