Generating reports showing new coverage

Visualizing new coverage

To visualize the new coverage gained by writing tests with Cover CLI 3.0, dcover has a subcommand called coverage-diff that generates a JaCoCo HTML report with the new coverage explicitly highlighted. For example, after writing tests for a java-demo example the report might look as follows:

java-demo report with new coverage in blue

The new coverage is shown in blue in coverage bars and as percentage increases. For each coverage counter in the right portion of the table (cyclomatic complexity, lines, methods and classes) a column called Increased is added with the total number of newly covered elements.


JaCoCo Java Code Coverage is a widely used code coverage report generator. For example, to use it in a Maven project add the following declarations to the pom.xml file:


Running mvn test will now result in creating a coverage report in binary format called jacoco.exec in the target directory of your Maven project. The report will also be interpreted in a readable code coverage report in HTML format in target/site/jacoco directory.

Generating an HTML report with new coverage

To generate the HTML report, use dcover with subcommand coverage-diff.

For example, running the following command from the root of the java-demo project:

dcover coverage-diff target/jacocoOld.exec target/jacocoNew.exec

will generate the HTML report for a coverage report target/jacocoNew.exec while highlighting the increase in coverage compared to a coverage report target/jacocoOld.exec, in target/site/jacoco.

Additional optional arguments may also be provided:

--classpath or -cp


-cp "my-project/target/classes"

This allows you to provide the path to class files of the project you want to generate the HTML report for. Multiple paths can be specified using : as separators for Linux/macOS and ; for Windows. All packages, classes and methods found in the listed directories and jar files will show in the generated report and at least all files of the project itself must be on the path. For example, if a jar with dependencies is provided then all packages and classes from the dependencies will be appear in the coverage report.

Default: target/classes

--source-dir or -s


-s "my-project/src/main/java"

Provide the relative path for the directory with source files. The source files are part of the HTML report and the coverage is marked using green and red lines. Note that at the moment, the newly covered lines are also shown in green, i.e., not distinguished from the old coverage.

Default: src/main/java

--report-output-dir or -d


-d "my-project/target/site/jacoco"

Provide the relative path for the directory where the HTML report should be saved.

Default: target/site/jacoco



--working-directory "my-project"

Set the working directory for running dcover, which should be the root directory of the project or module. If provided, all paths specified in other options should be either absolute or relative to the working directory. This is also used for setting the report header.

Default: .

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