How do I register a language with a test fixture for parser, etc. tests?


I'm working on migrating my plugin tests from PlatformLiteFixture to the IdeaTestFixtureFactory framework. I have simple platform tests working, but am now trying to figure out how to get tests that require parsing a language to work (so using PsiManager.getInstance(project).findFile(file) will return a PsiFile of the parsed file in the specified language).

What is the recommended way to register a language extension, parser definition, and AST factory using the IdeaTestFixtureFactory framework? Are there any examples of this being used? How do I register the language file type (see below for details)?

# Registering File Types

I've tracked down the current issue to file.getFileType() in FileManagerImpl#createFileViewProvider. This is because the filetype is not registered. However, if I do:

val app = ApplicationManager.getApplication()
app.registerServiceInstance(, MockFileTypeManager(fileType))

Then the file.getFileType() call still ends up using FileTypeManagerImpl instead of the mock class (additionally, HeavyIdeaTestFixtureImpl is casting to FileTypeManagerImpl, making it hard to replace that with a mock implementation). -- How do I register/customize services on the fixture's application instance?

I can't use registerFileType as that is deprecated.

So do I need to make use of the FileTypeBean extension point? If so, where and when do I register those, as I need an application instance to register the EP on and the associated FileTypeBean instances, but need to do it before the FileTypeManagerImpl is registered.

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If you're implementing custom language support, you have to specify and implement these in your plugin.xml file. Check the Custom Language Support pages in our SDK Docs.

There's also a dedicated tutorial for testing custom languages available: Testing a Custom Language Plugin.

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I have a plugin.xml file in my main package for IntelliJ support. I've split the implementation into different packages, and am running the tests in those sub-packages.

So does that mean that I need to have a plugin.xml file for the new test fixture classes to work?

Is there a way to customize this like could be done with the PlatformTestCase class (i.e. calling register functions on the application and project)? -- Different tests are pulling in different parts of my project from the different packages, including language support.

I would also like to control which parts of the plugin I pull into the tests so I know what I am testing -- e.g. so I can test a specific code completion provider in isolation instead of all of them.

My parser tests are currently using ParsingTestCase and that is working. I would like to move them to the fixture model to remove the reliance on the JUnit 4 support, which I'm currently disabling by making the test classes private. Moving them to the fixture model would also make them consistent. Is there no fixture-based parser pattern for JUnit 5 only tests?


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