…a literate programming engine where you mix ordinary text and snippets of code in the same file and then you execute them as regression tests.
byexample supports the following languages:
You write your documentation with examples in a Markdown or other text file.
Then, you run
byexample from the command line selecting which
language or languages you want to run:
mention a few.
And yes, you can write examples in different languages in the same file. Combine them to combine their strengths and make your life easier.
byexample will compare the output of the examples with the
expected ones and it will show any
How do I get started?
First, you need to install it:
$ pip install byexample # install it # byexample: +skip
Or if you prefer, you can install it inside a virtual env.
If you don’t have
python installed, check the
That’s it! Now, write a tutorial, a blog or a how-to and put some examples in between (like this web page that you are reading); All the snippets and examples will be collected, executed and checked.
$ byexample -l python,ruby,shell README.md # run it # byexample: +skip [PASS] Pass: <...> Fail: <...> Skip: <...>
Linux is the preferable choice as it is very well tested.
byexample 9.2.1 MacOS is also supported
* but the testing is more limited
so it may not work in all the cases. Check this
You can even run
byexample in Windows
Windows Subsystem for Linux
but keep in mind that the testing is even more limited;
a native execution in Windows (outside of WSL) is currently not
This project is licensed under GPLv3
$ head -n 2 LICENSE # byexample: +norm-ws GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 3, 29 June 2007
See LICENSE for more details.
We use semantic version for the core or engine.
For each module we have the following categorization:
experimental: non backward compatibility changes are possible or even removal between versions (even patch versions).
provisional: low impact non backward compatibility changes may occur between versions; but in general a change like that will happen only between major versions.
stable: non backward compatibility changes, if happen, they will between major versions.
deprecated: it will disappear in a future version.
unsupported: it may work but currently it is not possible to offer any guarantees. Contributions from the community are needed!
See the latest releases and tags and the changelog
$ byexample -V byexample 10.5.2 (Python <...>) - GNU GPLv3 <...> Copyright (C) Di Paola Martin - https://byexamples.github.io <...>