Variables and constants of enum types can be handled with a dedicated set of API macros. The macros can report enum values using enumeration identifiers, rather than plain integral numbers. The following API macros can be used to handle enum values:

  • CPPTEST_REPORT_ENUM(<scoped enum name>, <txt>, <value>)
  • CPPTEST_POST_CONDITION_ENUM(<scoped enum name>, <value string>, <value>)
  • CPPTEST_ASSERT_ENUM_EQUAL(<scoped enum name>, <expected>, <actual>)
  • CPPTEST_ASSERT_ENUM_EQUAL_MESSAGE( <scoped enum name>, <msg>,  <expected>, <actual>)


  • <scoped enum name> is full name of enumeration, including all namespace names (for example: INNER_NS::MyEnumeration, INNER_NS::MyClass::MyEnumeration).
  • <value string> is a string that describes the reported value.
  • <value> is an integral value or enumerator.
  • <txt> is a string that describes the reported value.
  • <expected> is an integral value or enumerator.

The API macros presented above require the “Enable enum data autogeneration” test configuration option to be enabled. Go to Test Configuration > Execution tab > General tab > Instrumentation mode > Edit > Instrumentation features > Advanced options to configure this option.

Using enum values in Parameters Step and Data Sources 

You can specify values inside the Test Case Editor’s Parameters table using identifiers of enumerators. Press CTRL+SPACE for a list of known enumerators.  

By default, only enumerators defined in the project are shown when CTRL+SPACE is pressed. To show enumerators defined outside of the project, open the project properties, go to Parasoft > C++test > Other Settings and provide the advanced option(s): xharness.dumpEnumsFromFile <PATH>, where <PATH> is a disk location of sources that define enumerations. Wildcard * can be used while specifying the path. Multiple entries of the xharness.dumpEnumsFromFile <PATH> option are allowed. 

The following example shows the Parameters step with enumeration identifiers:

You also can use enumeration identifiers in data sources. The following example shows an extract from a CSV file:


A simple enumerator name or a full name that includes all name spaces can be used. For example, if the MON enumerator is defined in ::INNER_NS::MyClass::DaysEnumeration, you can type either MON or ::INNER_NS::MyClass::MON.

Extracting Enum Value from Data Source or Parameters Step

Use the following helper macro to to extract an enum value from a data source or the Parameters step:

CPPTEST_DS_GET_ENUM(<scoped enum name>, <column name>)

The following example shows a simple example of extracting the enum value from a data source:

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