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How to run xUnit Tests in Visual Studio for Mac

In the current version of Visual Studio for Mac there is “Add file” template for xUnit Unit-Tests. Nice and easy. But how to run these tests? The problem is, that the default installation of Visual Studio for Mac does not discover these xUnit Tests even if you do a full rebuild.

After searching a while I figured that one need to install the extension called “xUnit.NET 2 testing framework support” from the Extension Gallery.


After that one need to restart Visual Studio for Mac and do a full rebuild. The tests will then show up in the “Unit Tests” pad.


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I love to write software. More then two decades ago I managed to make my hobby my full-time job so I spent more then 20 year writing professional software (I guess that makes me a "Senior Software Developer"). The last few years I spend most of the time developing in C#/.Net for all kind of windows-, web- and embedded-software.

In my free time I enjoy my family, taking photos and go diving in cold lakes and rivers in Switzerland.

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