NSHomeDirectory in iPhone unit test

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To solve this, set the value of Bundle Loader within your Unit Test target build settings to:


and also your Test Host to:


you should then find NSHomeDirectory() returns the right value.

Unfortunately, while in a unit-test (or logic test) – you’re not really “in your app” (i.e. its sandbox). That’s why stuff like NSDocumentDirectory or [NSBundle mainBundle] will not work.

If it works for you, I’d just go ahead and create a “Documents” folder in

/Users/hgpc/Library/Application Support/iPhone Simulator/5.0

You might want to do this in your test’s setUp, that way you can delete it in tearDown.

If that doesn’t work because your tests depend on stuff already being in your app’s NSDocumentDirectory, you might want to re-think your test a little, as they should all be self-contained (i.e. install all resources from your bundle in setUp)

You could also use NSLibraryDirectory instead of NSDocumentDirectory, depending on what it is that you want to test.

If you’d like to customised your test target to Application test you should add params mentioned by Andrew Ebling:


and also your Test Host to:


If you don’t have this params that means your tests is logic. But if you add this params you change tests to Application tests and notice that AppDelegate will start did you run tests.

see link for more information.

So you can use NSHomeDirectory( for Application tests only.

On an iOS device you should use

NSArray *path = NSSearchPathForDirectoriesInDomains(
            NSDocumentDirectory, NSUserDomainMask, YES);
NSString *documentDirPath = [paths objectAtIndex:0];