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Support settings via VS .runsettings file


What we would really like to be able to do is use production xUnit dll's in our builds that support the ability to read a property like "/noShadowCopy" from a .runsettings file ( that other testing frameworks appear to be supporting such as Chutzpah (

So in the .runsettings file used by the build there would be an <xUnit> section with a property <ShadowCopy>False</ShadowCopy> ...or something along those lines which would be picked up automatically and used in TFS builds.

Is there any plan to support such functionality?



Kevin_H wrote Dec 26, 2013 at 6:52 PM

FWIW, I'd be interested in something similar. I currently have an xml file that my common testcase base class reads to obtain environment specific settings (for example, if I want to force my tests to always run with CurrentUICulture set to ja-JP on a certain machine). If such a .runsettings file was available and supported custom sections, I would use that.


BradWilson wrote Mar 22, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Resolved in change set 0ca932b.

After creating an empty .runsettings XML file, replace its contents with a file like this:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
The following settings are valid in the RunSettings file:
  • MaxParallelThreads - integer
  • MessageDisplay - None, Minimal, Diagnostic
  • NameDisplay - Short, Full
  • ParallelizeAssemblies - True, False
  • ParallelizeTestCollections - True, False
  • ShutdownAfterRun - True, False
Any settings placed in the file will take precedence over settings made inside of Tools > Options >