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Global fixture

Any global initialization that needs to be performed every time testing begins or a global cleanup that is to be performed once testing is finished is called a global fixture. The UTF global fixture design is based on a generic test fixture model and is supported by the utility class boost::unit_test::global_fixture. The global fixture design allows any number of global fixtures to be defined in any test file that constitutes a test module. Though some initialization can be implemented in the test module initialization function, there are several reasons to prefer the global fixture approach:

To define a global test module fixture you need to implement a class that matched generic fixture model and passed it as an argument to the macro BOOST_GLOBAL_FIXTURE.


The statement, that performs global fixture definition, has to reside at a test file scope.

Example25.Global fixture

#define BOOST_TEST_MODULE example
#include <boost/test/included/unit_test.hpp>
#include <iostream>


struct MyConfig {
    MyConfig()   { std::cout << "global setup\n"; }
    ~MyConfig()  { std::cout << "global teardown\n"; }



    BOOST_CHECK( true );


Source code | Show output
> example
global setup
Running 1 test case...
global teardown

*** No errors detected