Coverage.py API

There are a few different ways to use coverage.py programmatically.

The API to coverage.py is in a module called coverage. Most of the interface is in the coverage.Coverage class. Methods on the Coverage object correspond roughly to operations available in the command line interface. For example, a simple use would be:

import coverage

cov = coverage.Coverage()
cov.start()

# .. call your code ..

cov.stop()
cov.save()

cov.html_report()

Coverage.py supports plugins that can change its behavior, to collect information from non-Python files, or to perform complex configuration. See Plug-in classes for details.

If you want to access the data that coverage.py has collected, the coverage.CoverageData class provides an API to read coverage.py data files.

For more intensive data use, you might want to access the coverage.py database file directly. The schema is subject to change, so this is for advanced uses only. Coverage.py database schema explains more.