Timothy Joseph Baney Timothy Joseph Baney - 1 year ago 60
Python Question

Installed app in Django not found when running tests

I have a pretty simple Django app, that I am trying to run unit tests on. In my tests.py file I am trying to import the parent apps views file. I tried 'from . import views' but got an error:

SystemError: Parent module '' not loaded, cannot perform relative import

I read that when a relative path does not work, you can try using an absolute path so I tried 'from menu import views' but than got another error:

ImportError: No module named 'menu'

When I run a local server for the application it works just fine. Its only when I run 'coverage run 'coverage run menu/tests.py'. Since it is running fine, and the module is in my setting's installed apps, Im not entirely sure why this is happening.


import unittest

from menu import views

class ModelTestCase(unittest.TestCase):
def setUp(self):

def test_menu(self):

if __name__ == '__main__':




timothybaney$ coverage run menu/tests.py
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "menu/tests.py", line 3, in <module>
from menu import views
ImportError: No module named 'menu'

Don Don
Answer Source

It's not much information you gave us.. but when I take a look at the Traceback it says File 'menu/tests.py'. So if the views.py is also inside the menu Folder you just can write:

import views

If the views.py is in the main folder you could write:

from ..main import views   #replace 'main' with your folder name