Getting NUnit Working in Visual Studio

After the upheaval of moving offices, I am starting to settle into my new normal routine. Overall I am much happier in my new hole in the ground. Business was crazy but has tapered off a bit as summer starts its decline in earnest. During this break, I am learning .NET CORE in preparation for the release of .NET Framework 5 this November. In doing this I ran into a slight problem with NUnit and Visual Studio.

While I did not feel it was worth the trouble to upgrade to Visual Studio 2019 when I was using .NET Framework, the advantages gained by doing that to get CORE 3 are well worth the trouble. I am currently in the process of learning CORE and so I have moved into CORE 3 but I ran into a little issue.

My test tab was missing and I could not run my unit tests. It ain’t easy to run your NUnit tests in Visual Studio when your shit is missing.

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NUnit is missing in Visual Studio

As I use NUnit for my unit tests, installing crap to get them going is a normal mode of business but this was different. I always forget the process to do when I need to get that tab windows up and running. As a result of my forgetful ways, I am going to document it for me and you. Lets dig into it.

Start Fixing Nunit and Visual Studio by Getting the Extension needed.

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Start by going to Extension=>Manage Extension.

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Grab your NUnit Test adapter and press the Download button.

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After that close everything so that the installer can do it thing. Note you will have to close all Visual Studio instance. I think that includes SQL Server Management instance though I did not test this.

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Watch it bump and grind.

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Accept the modifications to Visual Studio by pressing the Modify button.

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If you failed to get everything closed, exterminate the offending software through the End Tasks button.

Enjoy the bumping and grinding some more.

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Finally, it will be done. Press the close button and open Visual Studio.

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Test Results become available so now you can use NUnit in Visual Studio.

Now, this is stupid easy but I have to look it up every single time, I switch IDE’s so hopefully, I won’t have that issue with NUnit any longer and neither will you.

My pace of posting will likely be less and more erratic. I am learning a bunch of new stuff and starting to gear up on my first independent piece of software. It is exciting and I will be giving updates as I do. Right now I am finalizing the details of the app and what technology stack I am going to use. Right now, I will be building it in .NET CORE but the front end is more of a mystery. There are a couple of candidates, including giving Xamarin another try.

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