futhark-test [-c | -C | -t | -i] infiles...


This program is used to integration-test the Futhark compiler itself. You must have futhark-c(1) and futharki(1) in your PATH when running futhark-test. If a directory is given, all contained files with a .fut extension are considered.

A Futhark test program is an ordinary Futhark program, with at least one test block describing input/output test cases and possibly other options. A test block consists of commented-out text with the following overall format:


The description is an arbitrary (and possibly multiline) human-readable explanation of the test program. It is separated from the test cases by a line containing just ==. Any comment starting at the beginning of the line, and containing a line consisting of just ==, will be considered a test block. The format of a test case is as follows:

[tags { tags... }]
[entry: name]
[compiled|nobench] input {
output { values... } | error: regex

If compiled is present before the input keyword, this test case will never be passed to the interpreter. This is useful for test cases that are annoyingly slow to interpret. The nobench keyword is for data sets that are too small to be worth benchmarking, and only has meaning to futhark-bench(1).

After the input block, the expected result of the test case is written as either another block of values, or an expected run-time error, in which a regular expression can be used to specify the exact error message expected. If no regular expression is given, any error message is accepted. If neither output nor error is given, the program will be expected to execute succesfully, but its output will not be validated.

Alternatively, instead of input-output pairs, the test cases can simply be a description of an expected compile time type error:

error: regex

This is used to test the type checker.

By default, both the interpreter and compiler is run on all test cases (except those that have specified compiled), although this can be changed with command-line options to futhark-test.

Tuple syntax is not supported when specifying input and output values. Instead, you can write an N-tuple as its constituent N values. Beware of syntax errors in the values - the errors reported by futhark-test are very poor.

An optional tags specification is permitted in the first test block. This section can contain arbitrary tags that classify the benchmark:

tags { names... }

Tag are sequences of alphanumeric characters, with each tag seperated by whitespace. Any program with the disable tag is ignored by futhark-test.

Another optional directive is entry, which specifies the entry point to be used for testing. This is useful for writing programs that test libraries with multiple entry points. The entry directive affects subsequent input-output pairs in the same comment block, and may only be present immediately preceding these input-output pairs. If no entry is given, the default of main is assumed. See below for an example.

For many usage examples, see the tests directory in the Futhark source directory. A simple example can be found in EXAMPLES below.


--nobuffer Print each result on a line by itself, without buffering.
--exclude=tag Ignore benchmarks with the specified tag.
-c Only run compiled code - do not run any interpreters.
-i Only interpret - do not run any compilers.
-C Compile the programs, but do not run them.
-t Type-check the programs, but do not run them.
 The program used to compile Futhark programs. This option can be passed multiple times, with the last taking effect. The specified program must support the same interface as futhark-c.
 Like --compiler, but for interpretation.
 Like --compiler, but for when execution has been disabled with -t.

Pass an option to benchmark programs that are being run. For example, we might want to run OpenCL programs on a specific device:

futhark-bench prog.fut --compiler=futhark-opencl --pass-option=-dHawaii


The following program tests simple indexing and bounds checking:

-- Test simple indexing of an array.
-- ==
-- tags { firsttag secondtag }
-- input {
--   [4,3,2,1]
--   1
-- }
-- output {
--   3
-- }
-- input {
--   [4,3,2,1]
--   5
-- }
-- error: Assertion.*failed

let main(a: []i32:, i: i32): i32 =

The following program contains two entry points, both of which are tested:

let add(x: i32, y: i32): i32 = x + y

-- Test the add1 function.
-- ==
-- entry: add1
-- input { 1 } output { 2 }

entry add1(x: i32): i32 = add x 1

-- Test the sub1 function.
-- ==
-- entry: sub1
-- input { 1 } output { 0 }

entry sub1(x: i32): i32 = add x (-1)


futhark-c(1), futharki(1)