propcheck 0.5.1

Exhaustive and Randomized Testing

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A library for exhaustive and randomized testing of Dart properties, based on enumerators. It is inspired by Haskell's smallcheck and quickcheck. If you don't know these libraries, have a look at the small demo below to get an idea of what it can be useful for. I also wrote a post that goes into more details.


The only documentation so far is this README and the API reference.

Quick Start

import 'dart:collection';
import 'package:propcheck/propcheck.dart';
import 'package:enumerators/combinators.dart' as c;
import 'package:unittest/unittest.dart';

// defines append and reverse
part 'demolib.dart';

/* --- the properties to test --- */

// this should always hold
bool good(List xs, List ys) =>
    equals(reverse(append(xs, ys)),
           append(reverse(ys), reverse(xs)));

// this should NOT always hold
bool bad(List xs, List ys) =>
    equals(reverse(append(xs, ys)),
           append(reverse(xs), reverse(ys)));

/* --- how we test them --- */

main() {
  // we define an enumeration of lists of integers
  final boolsLists = c.listsOf(c.bools);

  // 'good' and 'bad' take 2 arguments each so we use forall2
  Property goodProperty = forall2(boolsLists, boolsLists, good);
  Property badProperty = forall2(boolsLists, boolsLists, bad);

  // we test the properties against *every* pair of lists of bools whose
  // combined size is <= 10.
  group('smallcheck', () {
    final sc = new SmallCheck(depth: 10);
    test('good', () => sc.check(goodProperty));
    test('bad', () => sc.check(badProperty));

  // we test the properties against random pairs of lists of bools of
  // combined size 0, 1, ..., 300.
  group('quickcheck', () {
    final qc = new QuickCheck(maxSize: 300, seed: 42);
    test('good', () => qc.check(goodProperty));
    test('bad', () => qc.check(badProperty));


PASS: smallcheck good
FAIL: smallcheck bad
  Caught falsified after 11 tests
    argument 1: [true]
    argument 2: [false]
PASS: quickcheck good
FAIL: quickcheck bad
  Caught falsified after 5 tests
    argument 1: [false]
    argument 2: [false, false, true]


Try it!

git clone
cd propcheck
pub install
dart example/demo.dart

Enjoy the progress indicator, probably the most elaborate part of this library :)

Propcheck Changlelog


  • Move to tests/ to adhere to's conventions


  • Added
  • Added experimental propcheck_mirrors library

1. Depend on it

Add this to your package's pubspec.yaml file:

  propcheck: "^0.5.1"

2. Install it

You can install packages from the command line:

$ pub get

Alternatively, your editor might support 'pub get'. Check the docs for your editor to learn more.

3. Import it

Now in your Dart code, you can use:

import 'package:propcheck/propcheck.dart';


A library for exhaustive and randomized testing of Dart properties


Email Paul Brauner



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