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Coverage can capture code coverage from test runs for you with little extra configuration.


To enable code coverage capturing, make sure that your (debug) app apk has JaCoCo code instrumentation enabled:

android {
    buildTypes {
        debug {
            testCoverageEnabled true

The coverage output will be stored on the SD card folder in the emulator. To ensure this works smoothly, add the WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission to your debug or androidTest manifest file (typically app/src/debug/AndroidManifest.xml or app/src/androidTest/AndroidManifest.xml):

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />

Downloading captured code coverage

Captured code coverage will be stored in the outputs dir if running with coverage is enabled. Our Gradle plugin will detect this automatically, but for CLI you’ll need to add the --with-coverage flag.

If you run tests with multiple shards and/or device models then there will be a separate coverage file (.ec file) for each shard/device model. Example, running a test on both NexusLowRes and Pixel2 while capturing coverage:

$ ew-cli --app path/to/app.apk --test path/to/test.apk \
  --with-coverage --outputs-dir /tmp/foo \
  --device model=NexusLowRes --device model=Pixel2

This command will capture two coverage files:

  • /tmp/foo/Pixel2_api27/
  • /tmp/foo/NexusLowRes_api27/

Known issues

Coverage, Test Orchestrator and clear package data

The combination of code coverage, test orchestrator and clear package data does not work on API version 29.

On emulators with API versions lower than 29 the WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission will be lost between each test run. You can fix this by requesting the permission every time before a test runs using a test rule in your test classes:

val writeRule = GrantPermissionRule.grant(Manifest.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE)
public GrantPermissionRule writeRule = GrantPermissionRule.grant(Manifest.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE);