I am using Nunit V2.6.4 and NunitTestAdapter v2.0 to run selenium tests in visual studio 2015. We also have a build definition set up to run these tests nightly(on selenium grid)in chrome browser. I want to run a subset of these tests in IE and Firefox, so I added a Nunit Category “SmokeTest” attribute to some of the tests. Created a new build definition and included the following in the TestCaseFilter

TestCategory = SmokeTest & TestCategory != Remote.chrome 

Outcome: All tests are selected. It looks like the Testcategory filter is being ignored.

Any idea to solve this?

  • remove the spaces and see if that helps TestCategory=SmokeTest&TestCategory!=Remote.chrome This works for me with Nunit 2. Mar 23, 2017 at 18:18

1 Answer 1


A quick search gave what is probably the answer:

For NUnit, you need to use Category instead of TestCategory. You may also need to remove spaces - the examples online suggest that your TestCaseFilter should be:


Reference: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/40249366/specify-nunit-categories-with-tfs-vnext-2015

  • I used the above mentioned format in the TestcaseFilter , but I got an Exception Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestPlatform.ObjectModel.Adapter.TestPlatformFormatException.
    – VSD
    Feb 21, 2017 at 17:02
  • Did you install/configure NUnit correctly - it needs to be installed on your build system, as I recall.
    – Kate Paulk
    Feb 21, 2017 at 18:34

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