Using django-test-plus is pretty easy, simply have your tests inherit from test_plus.test.TestCase rather than the normal django.test.TestCase like so:

from test_plus.test import TestCase

class MyViewTests(TestCase):

This is sufficient to get things rolling, but you are encouraged to create your own sub-class on a per project basis. This will allow you to add your own project specific helper methods.

For example, if you have a django project named ‘myproject’, you might create the following in myproject/

from test_plus.test import TestCase as PlusTestCase

class TestCase(PlusTestCase):

And then in your tests use:

from myproject.test import TestCase

class MyViewTests(TestCase):

Note that you can also option to import it like this if you want, which is more similar to the regular importing of Django’s TestCase:

from test_plus import TestCase

Testing DRF views

To take advantage of the convenience of DRF’s test client, you can create a subclass of TestCase and set the client_class property:

from test_plus import TestCase
from rest_framework.test import APIClient

class APITestCase(TestCase):
    client_class = APIClient

For convenience, test_plus ships with APITestCase, which does just that:

from test_plus import APITestCase

class MyAPITestCase(APITestCase):

    def test_post(self):
        data = {'testing': {'prop': 'value'}}'view-json', data=data, extra={'format': 'json'})

Note that using APITestCase requires Django >= 1.8 and having installed django-rest-framework.