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Class: matlab.unittest.plugins.CodeCoveragePlugin
Namespace: matlab.unittest.plugins

Create plugin that collects code coverage information for namespaces

Renamed from matlab.unittest.plugins.CodeCoveragePlugin.forPackage in R2024a


plugin = matlab.unittest.plugins.CodeCoveragePlugin.forNamespace(namespace) creates a plugin that collects code coverage information for source code in the specified namespace and generates an HTML code coverage report from the information.


plugin = matlab.unittest.plugins.CodeCoveragePlugin.forNamespace(namespace,Name,Value) specifies options using one or more name-value arguments. For example, plugin = matlab.unittest.plugins.CodeCoveragePlugin.forNamespace("myNamespace","IncludingInnerNamespaces",true) creates a plugin that generates an HTML code coverage report for source code in the specified namespace and any of its inner namespaces.

Input Arguments

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Name of the namespace containing source code, specified as a string array, character vector, or cell array of character vectors.

Example: "myNamespace"

Example: ["namespaceA" "namespaceB.innerNamespace"]

Name-Value Arguments

Specify optional pairs of arguments as Name1=Value1,...,NameN=ValueN, where Name is the argument name and Value is the corresponding value. Name-value arguments must appear after other arguments, but the order of the pairs does not matter.

Example: plugin = matlab.unittest.plugins.CodeCoveragePlugin.forNamespace("myNamespace",IncludingInnerNamespaces=true)

Before R2021a, use commas to separate each name and value, and enclose Name in quotes.

Example: plugin = matlab.unittest.plugins.CodeCoveragePlugin.forNamespace("myNamespace","IncludingInnerNamespaces",true)

Option to include source code in the inner namespaces of namespace, specified as a numeric or logical 0 (false) or 1 (true). By default, the plugin reports only on the source code in namespace and ignores source code defined in its inner namespaces.

Format for accessing the code coverage information, specified as a CoverageReport object, CoberturaFormat object, CoverageResult object, or row vector of these format objects. If you specify multiple format objects, the plugin provides access to the information in each format.

Example: Producing=matlab.unittest.plugins.codecoverage.CoberturaFormat("report.xml")

Level of coverage metrics to collect, specified as one of the values in this table. By default, the plugin collects statement and function coverage metrics.

Value of MetricLevelTypes of Coverage Included
"statement"Statement and function coverage

"decision" (requires MATLAB® Test™)

Statement, function, and decision coverage

"condition" (requires MATLAB Test)

Statement, function, decision, and condition coverage

"mcdc" (requires MATLAB Test)

Statement, function, decision, condition, and modified condition/decision coverage (MC/DC)

For more information about coverage types, see Types of Code Coverage for MATLAB Source Code (MATLAB Test).



To learn about attributes of methods, see Method Attributes.


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Run a suite of tests and generate a code coverage report for source code in a namespace.

In a namespace named sourceNamespace in your current folder, create the quadraticSolver function. The function takes as inputs the coefficients of a quadratic polynomial and returns the roots of that polynomial. If the coefficients are specified as nonnumeric values, the function throws an error.

function r = quadraticSolver(a,b,c)
% quadraticSolver returns solutions to the
% quadratic equation a*x^2 + b*x + c = 0.

if ~isa(a,"numeric") || ~isa(b,"numeric") || ~isa(c,"numeric")
    error("quadraticSolver:InputMustBeNumeric", ...
        "Coefficients must be numeric.")

r(1) = (-b + sqrt(b^2 - 4*a*c)) / (2*a);
r(2) = (-b - sqrt(b^2 - 4*a*c)) / (2*a);


To test the quadraticSolver function, create the SolverTest class in a namespace named testsNamespace in your current folder. Define three Test methods that test the function against real solutions, imaginary solutions, and nonnumeric inputs.

classdef SolverTest < matlab.unittest.TestCase
        function realSolution(testCase)
            actSolution = sourceNamespace.quadraticSolver(1,-3,2);
            expSolution = [2 1];
        function imaginarySolution(testCase)
            actSolution = sourceNamespace.quadraticSolver(1,2,10);
            expSolution = [-1+3i -1-3i];
        function nonnumericInput(testCase)
            testCase.verifyError(@()sourceNamespace.quadraticSolver(1,"-3",2), ...

Create a test suite from testsNamespace.

suite = testsuite("testsNamespace");

Create a test runner and customize it using a plugin that generates an HTML code coverage report for the code in sourceNamespace. Instruct the plugin to write its output to a folder named coverageReport in your current folder.

import matlab.unittest.plugins.CodeCoveragePlugin
import matlab.unittest.plugins.codecoverage.CoverageReport
runner = testrunner("textoutput");
reportFormat = CoverageReport("coverageReport");
p = CodeCoveragePlugin.forNamespace("sourceNamespace", ...

Run the tests. In this example, all the tests pass and the source code receives full coverage. The plugin generates an HTML code coverage report in the specified folder coverageReport, created in your current folder. By default, the main file of the report is index.html.

results =;
Running testsNamespace.SolverTest
Done testsNamespace.SolverTest

MATLAB code coverage report has been saved to:

Open the main file of the report.



  • To measure the code coverage for source code in a namespace, the parent folder of the namespace must be on the MATLAB path during the test run.

Version History

Introduced in R2014b

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