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Chromium uses Clang source-based code coverage. This documentation explains how to use Clang’s source-based coverage features in general.
In this document, we first introduce a code coverage script that can be used to generate code coverage reports for Chromium code in one command, and then describe the code coverage reports generation workflow.
The coverage script automates the process described below and provides a one-stop service to generate code coverage reports in just one command.
This script is currently supported on Linux, Mac, iOS and ChromeOS platforms.
Here is an example usage:
$ gn gen out/coverage \ --args='use_clang_coverage=true is_component_build=false' $ python tools/code_coverage/coverage.py \ crypto_unittests url_unittests \ -b out/coverage -o out/report \ -c 'out/coverage/crypto_unittests' \ -c 'out/coverage/url_unittests --gtest_filter=URLParser.PathURL' \ -f url/ -f crypto/
The command above builds
url_unittests targets and then runs them individually with their commands and arguments specified by the
-c flag. For
url_unittests, it only runs the test
URLParser.PathURL. The coverage report is filtered to include only files and sub-directories under
Aside from automating the process, this script provides visualization features to view code coverage breakdown by directories and by components, for example:
When you click on a particular source file in one of the views above, you can check per-line coverage information such as
This section presents the workflow of generating code coverage reports using two unit test targets in Chromium repo as an example:
url_unittests, and the following diagram shows a step-by-step overview of the process.
Generating code coverage reports requires llvm-profdata and llvm-cov tools. Currently, these two tools are not part of Chromium’s Clang bundle, coverage script downloads and updates them automatically, you can also download the tools manually (link).
In Chromium, to compile code with coverage enabled, one needs to add
is_component_build=false GN flags to the args.gn file in the build output directory. Under the hood, they ensure
-fcoverage-mapping flags are passed to the compiler.
$ gn gen out/coverage \ --args='use_clang_coverage=true is_component_build=false' $ gclient runhooks $ ninja -C out/coverage crypto_unittests url_unittests
The next step is to run the instrumented binaries. When the program exits, it writes a raw profile for each process. Because Chromium runs tests in multiple processes, the number of processes spawned can be as many as a few hundred, resulting in the generation of a few hundred gigabytes’ raw profiles. To limit the number of raw profiles,
%Nm pattern in
LLVM_PROFILE_FILE environment variable is used to run tests in multi-process mode, where
N is the number of raw profiles. With
N = 4, the total size of the raw profiles are limited to a few gigabytes.
$ export LLVM_PROFILE_FILE=”out/report/crypto_unittests.%4m.profraw” $ ./out/coverage/crypto_unittests $ ls out/report/ crypto_unittests.3657994905831792357_0.profraw ... crypto_unittests.3657994905831792357_3.profraw
Raw profiles must be indexed before generating code coverage reports, and this is done using the
merge command of
llvm-profdata tool, which merges multiple raw profiles (.profraw) and indexes them to create a single profile (.profdata).
At this point, all the raw profiles can be thrown away because their information is already contained in the indexed profile.
$ llvm-profdata merge -o out/report/coverage.profdata \ out/report/crypto_unittests.3657994905831792357_0.profraw ... out/report/crypto_unittests.3657994905831792357_3.profraw out/report/url_unittests.714228855822523802_0.profraw ... out/report/url_unittests.714228855822523802_3.profraw $ ls out/report/coverage.profdata out/report/coverage.profdata
llvm-cov is used to render code coverage reports. There are different report generation modes, and all of them require the following as input:
For example, the following command can be used to generate per-file line-by-line code coverage report:
$ llvm-cov show -output-dir=out/report -format=html \ -instr-profile=out/report/coverage.profdata \ -object=out/coverage/url_unittests \ out/coverage/crypto_unittests
For more information on how to use llvm-cov, please refer to the guide.
For any breakage report and feature requests, please file a bug.
For questions and general discussions, please join chrome-code-coverage group.
Yes, code coverage instrumentation works with both component and non-component builds. Component build is usually faster to compile, but can be up to several times slower to run with code coverage instrumentation. For more information, see crbug.com/831939.
Usually this is not a critical issue, but in general we tend not to have any warnings. Please check the list of known issues, and if there is a similar bug, leave a comment with the command you run, the output you get, and Chromium revision you use. Otherwise, please file a new issue providing the same information.
If a crash of any type occurs (Segmentation Fault, CHECK failure, ASan error), the crashing process will not dump coverage information necessary to generate code coverage report. For single-process applications (e.g. fuzz targets), that means no coverage will be reported at all. For multi-process applications, the report will be incomplete. It is important to fix the crash first. If this is happening only in the coverage instrumented build, please file a bug.
Yes, with some important caveats. It is possible to build
chrome target with code coverage instrumentation enabled. However, there are some inconveniences involved:
For more information, please see crbug.com/834781.
There can be two possible scenarios:
Source code of the dashboard is not open sourced at the moment, but if you are a Googler, you should have access to the code-coverage repository. There is a documentation and scripts for running it locally. To get access and report issues, ping chrome-code-coverage@ list.
There are several reasons why coverage reports can be incomplete or incorrect:
Not at the moment until crbug.com/842424 is resolved. We do not disable the sandbox when running the tests. However, if there are any other non-sandbox'ed tests for the same code, the coverage should be reported from those. For more information, see crbug.com/842424.