Code coverage in Play 2

02 Feb 2014

How to add code coverage in Play 2 using Jacoco

Code Coverage measures how many lines/blocks of your code are executed while the automated tests are running. Code coverage analysis is a powerful tool for finding more of the bugs that most likely do exist in your software – whether you are aware of them or not. As such, a code coverage analysis tool can help you find more programming errors, which enables you to release a software product of better quality.

In this article I’m going to show how to setup this in Play 2 using Jacoco which is a Java code coverage library.


Start by creating a new Play 2 application:

play new codecoverage

Then choose to create a simple Java application.

After this you need to edit your plugins.sbt file.


// Comment to get more information during initialization
logLevel := Level.Warn

// The Typesafe repository
resolvers += "Typesafe repository" at ""

// Use the Play sbt plugin for Play projects
addSbtPlugin("" % "sbt-plugin" % "2.2.1")

addSbtPlugin("de.johoop" % "jacoco4sbt" % "2.1.4")

At the end you see that the Jacoco sbt plugin has been added.

Then you need to configure the Jacoco plugin so it fits in Play 2. Create a file called qa.jacoco.sbt in the root folder of your project:

import de.johoop.jacoco4sbt._

import JacocoPlugin._


parallelExecution      in jacoco.Config := false

jacoco.outputDirectory in jacoco.Config := file("target/jacoco")

jacoco.reportFormats   in jacoco.Config := Seq(HTMLReport("utf-8"))

jacoco.excludes        in jacoco.Config := Seq("views*", "*Routes*", "controllers*routes*", "controllers*Reverse*", "controllers*javascript*", "controller*ref*")

Now we have all the configuration in place so you can now start the play console and run code coverage analysis in your project:

[codecoverage] $ jacoco:cover

When the jacoco command completes you can open your code coverage report generated under target/jacoco/html/index.html.

You should see something similar to this:

Versions used in this article:

Play 2.2.1

jacoco2sbt 2.1.4

Java 1.7.0_51

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