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This is not an official Google product.

gtest-parallel is a script that executes Google Test binaries in parallel, providing good speedup for single-threaded tests (on multi-core machines) and tests that do not run at 100% CPU (on single- or multi-core machines).

The script works by listing the tests of each binary, and then executing them on workers in separate processes. This works fine so long as the tests are self contained and do not share resources (reading data is fine, writing to the same log file is probably not).

Basic Usage

For a full list of options, see --help.

$ ./gtest-parallel path/to/binary...

This shards all enabled tests across a number of workers, defaulting to the number of cores in the system. If your system uses Python 2, but you have no python2 binary, run python gtest-parallel instead of ./gtest-parallel.

To run only a select set of tests, run:

$ ./gtest-parallel path/to/binary... --gtest_filter=Foo.*:Bar.*

This filter takes the same parameters as Google Test, so -Foo.* can be used for test exclusion as well. This is especially useful for slow tests (that you're not working on), or tests that may not be able to run in parallel.


Flaky tests (tests that do not deterministically pass or fail) often cause a lot of developer headache. A test that fails only 1% of the time can be very hard to detect as flaky, and even harder to convince yourself of having fixed.

gtest-parallel supports repeating individual tests (--repeat=), which can be very useful for flakiness testing. Some tests are also more flaky under high loads (especially tests that use realtime clocks), so raising the number of --workers= well above the number of available core can often cause contention and be fruitful for detecting flaky tests as well.

$ ./gtest-parallel out/{binary1,binary2,binary3} --repeat=1000 --workers=128

The above command repeats all tests inside binary1, binary2 and binary3 located in out/. The tests are run 1000 times each on 128 workers (this is more than I have cores on my machine anyways). This can often be done and then left overnight if you‘ve no initial guess to which tests are flaky and which ones aren’t. When you've figured out which tests are flaky (and want to fix them), repeat the above command with --gtest_filter= to only retry the flaky tests that you are fixing.

Note that repeated tests do run concurrently with themselves for efficiency, and as such they have problem writing to hard-coded files, even if they are only used by that single test. tmpfile() and similar library functions are often your friends here.

Flakiness Summaries

Especially for disabled tests, you might wonder how stable a test seems before trying to enable it. gtest-parallel prints summaries (number of passed/failed tests) when --repeat= is used and at least one test fails. This can be used to generate passed/failed statistics per test. If no statistics are generated then all invocations tests are passing, congratulations!

For example, to try all disabled tests and see how stable they are:

$ ./gtest-parallel path/to/binary... -r1000 --gtest_filter=*.DISABLED_* --gtest_also_run_disabled_tests

Which will generate something like this at the end of the run:

  path/to/binary... Foo.DISABLED_Bar passed 0 / 1000 times.
  path/to/binary... FooBar.DISABLED_Baz passed 30 / 1000 times.
  path/to/binary... Foo.DISABLED_Baz passed 1000 / 1000 times.

Running Tests Within Test Cases Sequentially

Sometimes tests within a single test case use globally-shared resources (hard-coded file paths, sockets, etc.) and cannot be run in parallel. Running such tests in parallel will either fail or be flaky (if they happen to not overlap during execution, they pass). So long as these resources are only shared within the same test case gtest-parallel can still provide some parallelism.

For such binaries where test cases are independent, gtest-parallel provides --serialize_test_cases that runs tests within the same test case sequentially. While generally not providing as much speedup as fully parallel test execution, this permits such binaries to partially benefit from parallel execution.