Blog Post

How to get Coverage Metrics for Bash Scripts

January 29, 2021 Tom Hu

Codecov was built to work for as many languages and configurations as possible. In this post, we show you how to begin collecting coverage for your bash scripts and how to upload the reports to Codecov.

We will be using bashcov, which is based on simplecov to collect coverage metrics. We show how to do this with GitHub Actions and CircleCI, but you can use any CI/CD to upload to Codecov.

Create a base configuration for your CI/CD

In order to start using Codecov for bash scripts, you’ll need to set up your CI/CD to be compatible with Ruby and to check out your code from your git repositories. Below are boilerplate configurations we will use for GitHub Actions and CircleCI.

GitHub Actions

name: Test and coverage

on: [push, pull_request]

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      - uses: actions/checkout@v2
          fetch-depth: 2
      - uses: actions/setup-ruby@v1
          ruby-version: '2.7'


version: 2.1

      - image: circleci/ruby:2.7
      - checkout
  version: 2.1
      - build


Add Ruby dependencies in your Gemfile

In order to start collecting coverage, you will need to add the following Ruby dependencies. You can do this by adding the below Gemfile to the root of your project or add the bashcov and codecov gems to an existing spec.


# frozen_string_literal: true

source ''

gem 'bashcov'
gem 'simplecov'
gem 'simplecov-cobertura'

We will also need to update our CI/CD configuration to install the dependencies after checkout.

GitHub Actions

      - name: Install Ruby dependencies
        run: bundle update --bundler && bundle install


      - run:
          name: Install bundler and dependencies
          command: bundle update --bundler && bundle install


Include a .simplecov file

Codecov will need a coverage report that is properly formatted to be ingested. We can override the SimpleCov formatter with the simplecov-cobertura formatted.


require 'simplecov'
require 'simplecov-cobertura'

SimpleCov.formatter = SimpleCov::Formatter::CoberturaFormatter


Add a step to run scripts and upload coverage reports to Codecov

Now that we have a way of generating coverage reports for Codecov, we need to update our CI/CD configuration to run the script and upload them. If you are using a public repository running GitHub Actions, TravisCI, CircleCI, or Appveyor, you will need to retrieve an upload token from your Codecov repository settings page.

GitHub Actions

      - name: Run script
        run: bashcov <>
      - name: Upload reports to Codecov
        uses: codecov/codecov-action@v2

CircleCI (uses the Codecov CircleCI orb)

      - run:
          name: Run scripts
          command: bashcov <>
      - codecov/upload


Run your build!

Now we are ready to commit the following code changes and push them up to your preferred code host. Open a pull request and be sure that you have connected your CI/CD to your repository. When the build has completed, you should receive a Codecov comment and status check.

Codecov Comment

Codecov Status Checks


All of the above code snippets can be found on our example bash repository. Now that you have uploaded your first coverage report to Codecov, you can upgrade your code coverage by configuring Codecov settings, adding flags, or viewing the sunburst graph to identify code areas in need of test coverage.

Before we redirect you to GitHub...
In order to use Codecov an admin must approve your org.