py.test can't import my module

I am struggeling getting a python import right. What I want to achieve is to have a module with several source files and a test folder with unit tests.

No matter what I do, I can't get py.test-3 to execute my tests. My directory layout looks like this:

├── module
│   ├──
│   └──
└── tests

The file looks like this:

__all__ = ['testclass']

The file looks like this:

class TestClass(object):

    def __init__(self): = 1

And my unit test like this:

import pytest
from module import TestClass

def test_test_class():
    tc = TestClass()

No matter how I call py.test-3 I will end up with a:

E   ImportError: No module named 'module'


First, unless you change the tests/, you need to change module/ as follow:

from .testclass import TestClass

__all__ = ['TestClass']

And, when you run py.test set PYTHONPATH environment variable to let the interpreter know when to find modules:

PYTHONPATH=. py.test

I would put in a header of testfile the path execution for pytest:


import os, sys                                                                  
sys.path.append(os.path.join(os.path.dirname(os.path.realpath(__file__)), os.pardir))

With this I could know the path of any subfolder in my (test) project

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