Test::Needs(3) Skip tests when modules not available


# need one module
use Test::Needs 'Some::Module';
# need multiple modules
use Test::Needs 'Some::Module', 'Some::Other::Module';
# need a given version of a module
use Test::Needs {
'Some::Module' => '1.005',
# check later
use Test::Needs;
test_needs 'Some::Module';
# skips remainder of subtest
use Test::More;
use Test::Needs;
subtest 'my subtest' => sub {
test_needs 'Some::Module';
# check perl version
use Test::Needs { perl => 5.020 };


Skip test scripts if modules are not available. The requested modules will be loaded, and optionally have their versions checked. If the module is missing, the test script will be skipped. Modules that are found but fail to compile will exit with an error rather than skip.

If used in a subtest, the remainder of the subtest will be skipped.

Skipping will work even if some tests have already been run, or if a plan has been declared.

Versions are checked via a "$module->VERSION($wanted_version)" call. Versions must be provided in a format that will be accepted. No extra processing is done on them.

If "perl" is used as a module, the version is checked against the running perl version ($]). The version can be specified as a number, dotted-decimal string, v-string, or version object.

If the "RELEASE_TESTING" environment variable is set, the tests will fail rather than skip. Subtests will be aborted, but the test script will continue running after that point.



Has the same interface as when using Test::Needs in a "use".


haarg - Graham Knop (cpan:HAARG) <[email protected]>


None so far.


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