Marking test functions with attributes

By using the pytest.mark helper you can easily set metadata on your test functions. There are some builtin markers, for example:

  • skip - always skip a test function
  • skipif - skip a test function if a certain condition is met
  • xfail - produce an “expected failure” outcome if a certain condition is met
  • parametrize to perform multiple calls to the same test function.

It’s easy to create custom markers or to apply markers to whole test classes or modules. Those markers can be used by plugins, and also are commonly used to select tests on the command-line with the -m option.

See Working with custom markers for examples which also serve as documentation.


Marks can only be applied to tests, having no effect on fixtures.

Registering marks

You can register custom marks in your pytest.ini file like this:

markers =
    slow: marks tests as slow (deselect with '-m "not slow"')

Note that everything after the : is an optional description.

Alternatively, you can register new markers programmatically in a pytest_configure hook:

def pytest_configure(config):
        "markers", "env(name): mark test to run only on named environment"

Registered marks appear in pytest’s help text and do not emit warnings (see the next section). It is recommended that third-party plugins always register their markers.

Raising errors on unknown marks

Unregistered marks applied with the @pytest.mark.name_of_the_mark decorator will always emit a warning in order to avoid silently doing something surprising due to mis-typed names. As described in the previous section, you can disable the warning for custom marks by registering them in your pytest.ini file or using a custom pytest_configure hook.

When the --strict-markers command-line flag is passed, any unknown marks applied with the @pytest.mark.name_of_the_mark decorator will trigger an error. You can enforce this validation in your project by adding --strict-markers to addopts:

addopts = --strict-markers
markers =
    slow: marks tests as slow (deselect with '-m "not slow"')