Code coverage is an important metric that is a measure used to describe the degree to which the source of a program is executed when a particular test suite runs. A program with high code coverage, measured as a percentage, has had more of its source code executed during testing which suggests it has a lower chance of containing undetected software bugs compared to a program with low code coverage. Many different metrics can be used to calculate code coverage; some of the most basic are the percent of program subroutines and the percent of program statements called during execution of the test suite.

XCode allows to generate code coverage artefacts for any project, which it does by using llvm-cov internally. Although the code coverage metric/data is available in the XCode itself but often it is a requirement to transfer/export this data for an input to a third party tool so that the metrics can be made available to all stakeholder(eg: business). We will use this blog post to lay out the mechanism to export this profiling data regarding code coverage as a text file, so that other tools(Third Party, eg: TICS) can use this as input.


  • Make sure that the code coverage generation is enabled in XCode and the metrics are visible in xcode itself. Much has already been said about this and some excellent documentation is available here.


  • Once you have made sure that the coverage metrics is enabled, run the tests.
  • Post the test run the console should tell you the location(path) where the profiling data was generated. In my case the path was located here:screen-shot-2017-01-18-at-10-51-04
  • Translate Coverage.Profdata(This should be available at the path which we identified in the step above). The translation is done via this command:

    /usr/bin/xcrun llvm-cov show -instr-profile /Users/path/to/DerivedData/Build/Intermediates/CodeCoverage/Coverage.profdata  /Users/path/to/DerivedData/Build/Intermediates/CodeCoverage/Products/Debug-iphonesimulator/ > /Users/path/where/you/want/imported/data/llvm-cov-show.txt

  • By now, at the provided path in the command above, a text file with llvm-cov coverage data(llvm-cov-show.txt) would have been generated. This file is the end product and can be used as input to the any of the third part tools.