New Catch2 Offering for C++ Adds to VS Code Test Explorers

A brand-new C++ offering for Catch2 highlights the growing body of test explorers for the cross-platform, open source Visual Studio Code editor available in its marketplace.

Catch2 Test Explorer for Visual Studio Code, published by Mate Pek on Aug. 25, lets developers run Catch2 tests using the existing Test Explorer UI for VS Code from Holger Benl.

Catch2, on GitHub, is "a modern, C++-native, header-only, test framework for unit-tests, TDD and BDD - using C++11, C++14, C++17 and later (or C++03 on the Catch1.x branch)."

The name stands for C++ Automated Test Cases in a Header, and it's described as a multi-paradigm C++ test framework that also supports Objective-C (and maybe C). "It is primarily distributed as a single header file, although certain extensions may require additional headers," the project states.

Catch2 Test Explorer joins a bevy of other test explorers available in the Visual Studio Code Marketplace, with several authored by Benl, who in addition to Test Explorer UI has also published:

Other test explorers available include:

  • .NET Core Test Explorer, from Jun Han. Popularity-wise, this leads the pack with more than 83,000 installs an average 4.8 rating (on scale to 5) from six developers who reviewed it.
  • Unit Test Explorer, from Gabriel Parelli Francischini, with 969 installs.
  • Google Test Explorer, from OpenNingia, with 590 installs.

Pek said he plans on improving his new offering, which has been installed 10 time since its introduction a couple days ago, by refactoring code, improving the XML parser and improving logging.

About the Author

David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.

comments powered by Disqus


  • GitHub Copilot for Azure Gets Preview Glitches

    This reporter, recently accepted to preview GitHub Copilot for Azure, has thus far found the tool to be, well, glitchy.

  • New .NET 9 Templates for Blazor Hybrid, .NET MAUI

    Microsoft's fifth preview of .NET 9 nods at AI development while also introducing new templates for some of the more popular project types, including Blazor Hybrid and .NET MAUI.

  • What's Next for ASP.NET Core and Blazor

    Since its inception as an intriguing experiment in leveraging WebAssembly to enable dynamic web development with C#, Blazor has evolved into a mature, fully featured framework. Integral to the ASP.NET Core ecosystem, Blazor offers developers a unique combination of server-side rendering and rich client-side interactivity.

  • Nearest Centroid Classification for Numeric Data Using C#

    Here's a complete end-to-end demo of what Dr. James McCaffrey of Microsoft Research says is arguably the simplest possible classification technique.

  • .NET MAUI in VS Code Goes GA

    Visual Studio Code's .NET MAUI workload, which evolves the former Xamarin.Forms mobile-centric framework by adding support for creating desktop applications, has reached general availability.

Subscribe on YouTube