Command Line Runner

The ArtOfTest.Runner.exe is the command line runner for Test Studio Dev tests and is installed in the Bin folder under the installation directory of the product. The default location is:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Progress\Test Studio

When working with the execution engine in the command prompt always make sure you have started it as Administrator and have the root directory in context as shown below so that you can call the runner directly.



Here is the Help Screen for ArtOfTest.Runner.exe:


Execution Options

Execution options modify command line test execution behavior. The help screen (displayed by inputting ArtOfTest.Runner.exe -help from the command line) provides a brief explanation of each option. Here are some further notes about specific options.

Several execution options use file paths as values. When using file paths in the command prompt:

  • Enclose the file path in double quotes.
  • To prevent typing mistakes, use the clipboard paste option within the command prompt window. To find the paste option after copying the path to the clipboard, right mouse click on the top left corner of the command prompt and choose Edit > Paste.


  • The test option takes the full path to an individual test file with the .tstest file extension. This file will be located in your main project directory and under any folder structure you have created to organize your tests. You can use the test option by itself. By default results will be stored in the Results folder under the project’s root directory.

Test Execution Syntax
ArtOfTest.Runner Test Execution syntax
Test Execution Result
ArtOfTest.Runner Test Execution result
  • The list option is currently not supported in Test Studio Dev Edition.
  • The out option allows choice of an alternative folder to store the results to and takes a full path value to the respective folder.
  • The result option allows change of the default result file name and takes file name (including the file extension and in double quotes).
  • If any of the xml or html options are used the respective alternative result file will be stored to the default location if an output folder is not specified.
  • If any of the junit or junitstep options is used a JUnit xml result file will be generated. The difference will be respectively whether to convert a test or a test step to a junit test.
  • The PersistOnEachStep option could be set to true in case explicitly the results are required. This option will save the results after each executed step.
  • The settings option takes the full path to a settings file with the .xml file extension.

Exit Codes

ArtOfTest.Runner returns an exit code so the Build Server can check for it on process exit in case of an exception:

Code Title Summary
0 RUN_TESTS_SUCCESS Run is processed and all tests passed.
1 RUN_TESTS_ERROR Run is processed and some tests failed.
2 NOT_RUN_UNEXPECTED_ERROR Run is not processed due to unexpected error.
3 NOT_RUN_COMPILATION_ERROR Run is not processed due to compilation errors.
10 NOT_RUN_USAGE_INFO No run to process, requested usage info.
11 NOT_RUN_INVALID_COMMAND_ARGS No run to process due to general invalid arguments error.
12 NOT_RUN_TEST_NOT_FOUND Run is not processed due to invalid test path argument.
13 NOT_RUN_TESTLIST_NOT_FOUND Run is not processed due to invalid test list path argument.
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