Can I create shared test utilities?


I’m wondering whether it’s possible to share test utility code across packages in go. Specifically, I’m writing a TCP server that will be used by multiple handlers for different message types, and want to reuse a set of common test utils.

The main TCP server code is in mypkg/tcpserver:


The testutils_test.go code is intended to be a shared library that can be used by mypkg/tcpserver and other packages to set up a test server and client for their tests. For example in the handler subpackage I have:


The handler/*_test.go files all import mypkg/tcpserver, but they are unable to access the test utilities defined in mypkg/tcpserver/testutils_test.go:

$ wgo test mypkg/tcpserver/handler
# mypkg/tcpserver/handler
src/mypkg/tcpserver/handler/csv_handler_test.go:37: undefined: tcpserver.CreateTestServer
src/mypkg/tcpserver/handler/csv_handler_test.go:40: undefined: tcpserver.TestSender
FAIL    mypkg/tcpserver/handler [build failed]

It appears that tests can import other packages, but not test code defined within those packages? Is this the intent? If so, is there an idiomatic way to share test utilities across packages in go?


Create a package containing the testing utilities in non _test.go files. A couple of examples of this approach are httptest and iotest.

Answered By – Bayta Darell

Answer Checked By – Candace Johnson (GoLangFix Volunteer)

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