[visual-studio] How can I run NUnit tests in Visual Studio 2017?

I've just installed Visual Studio 2017. I have a project using NUnit for the test cases. Ctrl + R - T no longer runs the tests, and the Test Explorer no longer finds any test cases marked with the TestCase attribute.

Is there a way to get NUnit running yet, or an update I could find?

I reinstalled NUnit from the NuGet Package Manager to the latest version with no improvement.

The answer is

For anyone having issues with Visual Studio 2019:

I had to first open menu Test ? Windows ? Test Explorer, and run the tests from there, before the option to Run / Debug tests would show up on the right click menu.

Install the NUnit and NunitTestAdapter package to your test projects from Manage Nunit packages. to perform the same: 1 Right-click on menu Project ? click "Manage NuGet Packages". 2 Go to the "Browse" tab -> Search for the Nunit (or any other package which you want to install) 3 Click on the Package -> A side screen will open "Select the project and click on the install.

Perform your tasks (Add code) If your project is a Console application then a play/run button is displayed on the top click on that any your application will run and If your application is a class library Go to the Test Explorer and click on "Run All" option.

  • You have to choose the processor architecture of unit tests in Visual Studio: menu Test ? Test Settings ? Default processor architecture

  • Test Adapter has to be open to see the tests: (Visual Studio e.g.: menu Test ? Windows ? Test Explorer

Additional information what's going on, you can consider at the Visual Studio 'Output-Window' and choose the dropdown 'Show output from' and set 'Tests'.

You need to install NUnitTestAdapter. The latest version of NUnit is 3.x.y (3.6.1) and you should install NUnit3TestAdapter along with NUnit 3.x.y

To install NUnit3TestAdapter in Visual Studio 2017, follow the steps below:

  1. Right click on menu Project ? click "Manage NuGet Packages..." from the context menu
  2. Go to the Browse tab and search for NUnit
  3. Select NUnit3TestAdapter ? click Install at the right side ? click OK from the Preview pop up

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Using the CLI, to create a functioning NUnit project is really easy. The template does everything for you.

dotnet new -i NUnit3.DotNetNew.Template
dotnet new nunit

On .NET Core, this is definitely my preferred way to go.

You need to install three NuGet packages:

  • NUnit
  • NUnit3TestAdapter
  • Microsoft.NET.Test.Sdk

To run or debug tests in Visual Studio 2017, we need to install "NUnit3TestAdapter". We can install it in any version of Visual Studio, but it is working properly in the Visual Studio "community" version.

To install this, you can add it through the NuGet package.

This one helped me:

Getting started with .NET unit testing using NUnit


  • Add the NUnit 3 library in NuGet.
  • Create the class you want to test.
  • Create a separate testing class. This should have [TestFixture] above it.
  • Create a function in the testing class. This should have [Test] above it.
  • Then go into TEST/WINDOW/TEST EXPLORER (across the top).
  • Click run to the left-hand side. It will tell you what has passed and what has failed.

My example code is here:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using NUnit.Framework;

namespace NUnitTesting
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)

    public class Maths
        public int Add(int a, int b)
            int x = a + b;
            return x;

    public class TestLogging
        public void Add()
            Maths add = new Maths();
            int expectedResult = add.Add(1, 2);
            Assert.That(expectedResult, Is.EqualTo(3));

This will return true, and if you change the parameter in Is.EqualTo it will fail, etc.

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