Collect human-readable code coverage report for .net core apps

In this post, I will note down steps to collect human-readable code coverage for .net core/standard apps on the developer machine.

Big Picture of Code coverage collection.

I have created a simple .NET standard class library and .net core test project (xUnit) project here.

Project structure: .NET standard class library and xUnit test project


You will require the following NuGet packages to be installed on the xUnit tests project (BeingCraftsman.CoverageDemo.Tests).

  • Microsoft.NET.Test.Sdk (Preinstalled as a part of xUnit tests project)
  • xunit (Preinstalled as a part of xUnit tests project)
  • xunit.runner.visualstudio (Preinstalled as a part of xUnit tests project)
  • coverlet.msbuild
    Install it using the command:
    dotnet add package coverlet.msbuild
  • ReportGenerator
    Install it using the following two commands:
    dotnet new tool-manifest
    dotnet tool install dotnet-reportgenerator-globaltool


  • Open Powershell and navigate to the tests project directory (In my case, BeingCraftsman.CoverageDemo.Tests).
  • Check if the command dotnet test is running all tests.
  • Collect the coverage in a folder (./CodeCoverage in my case) and mention the format opencover.
    WHY opencover?
    ReportGenerator will generate a human-readable report but for that, it requires raw code coverage file in OpenCover format.
    dotnet test /p:CollectCoverage=true /p:CoverletOutput="./CodeCoverage/" /p:CoverletOutputFormat="opencover"
  • Convert opencover format to web pages (Human readable one).
    dotnet reportgenerator "-reports:.\CodeCoverage/coverage.opencover.xml" "-targetdir:.\CodeCoverage\Web"
  • Open generated report
    start .\CodeCoverage\Web\index.htm

Human readable code coverage report giving insights about class, methods etc…

Getting tired of running all these commands one by one.
Next time, onwards, just combine them with “;” separated and execute.

dotnet test /p:CollectCoverage=true /p:CoverletOutput="./CodeCoverage/" /p:CoverletOutputFormat="opencover"; dotnet reportgenerator "-reports:.\CodeCoverage/coverage.opencover.xml" "-targetdir:.\CodeCoverage\Web"; start .\CodeCoverage\Web\index.htm

Brief description of tools/commands:

dotnet test

The dotnet test command is used to execute unit tests in a given solution. The dotnet test command builds the solution and runs a test host application for each test project in the solution.

More details:


Coverlet is Cross platform code coverage for .NET. How it works.

Coverlet also integrates with the build system to run code coverage after tests. In our case, MSBuild is the build system and hence we are using this package. For other build systems, you would require another package.

More details:


ReportGenerator converts coverage reports generated by OpenCover, dotCover, Visual Studio, NCover, Cobertura, JaCoCo, Clover, gcov or lcov into human readable reports in various formats.

More details:

Dattatraya Kale

Aspiring agile software craftsman, clean code, polyglot, in love with different programming paradigm. I am on a never-ending journey towards mastery of software.

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