Cricket is part of the BeeWare suite. The project website is

Cricket is a graphical tool that helps you run your test suites.

Normal unittest test runners dump all output to the console, and provide very little detail while the suite is running. As a result:

  • You can’t start looking at failures until the test suite has completed running,
  • It isn’t a very accessible format for identifying patterns in test failures,
  • It can be hard (or cumbersome) to re-run any tests that have failed.

Why the name cricket? Test Cricket is the most prestigious version of the game of cricket. Games last for up to 5 days... just like running some test suites. The usual approach for making cricket watchable is a generous dose of beer; in programming, Balmer Peak limits come into effect, so something else is required...


At present, Cricket has support for:

  • Pre-Django 1.6 project test suites,
  • Django 1.6+ project test suites using unittest2-style discovery, and
  • unittest project test suites.

In your Django project, install cricket, and then run it:

$ pip install cricket
$ cricket-django

cricket-django will also work in Django’s own tests directory – i.e., you can use cricket-django to run Django’s own test suite (for Django 1.6 or later).

In a unittest project, install cricket, and then run it:

$ pip install cricket
$ cricket-unittest

This will pop up a GUI window. Hit “Run all”, and watch your test suite execute.

Problems under Ubuntu

Ubuntu’s packaging of Python omits the idlelib library from it’s base package. If you’re using Python 2.7 on Ubuntu 13.04, you can install idlelib by running:

$ sudo apt-get install idle-python2.7

For other versions of Python and Ubuntu, you’ll need to adjust this as appropriate.

Problems under Windows

If you’re running Cricket in a virtualenv, you’ll need to set an environment variable so that Cricket can find the TCL graphics library:

$ set TCL_LIBRARY=c:\Python27\tcl\tcl8.5

You’ll need to adjust the exact path to reflect your local Python install. You may find it helpful to put this line in the activate.bat script for your virtual environment so that it is automatically set whenever the virtualenv is activated.


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