If you are testing using Test:Unit (rather than RSpec) and you're using Ruby 1.9.* colorized output of your tests using Autotest will not be immediately available. Since, 1.9 comes with mini test the test/unit/ui/console/testrunner.rb script is not loaded and not available and will break your tests.
The solution is to require Test:Unit version 2.0.0 in your Gemfile, require the testrunner.rb script in test/test_helper.rb and reopen and implement the guess_color_availability method.
#test/test_helper.rb require 'test/unit/ui/console/testrunner' class Test::Unit::UI::Console::TestRunner def guess_color_availability true end end #Gemfile group :development, :test do gem "minitest", "~> 2.10.0" gem "turn", "~> 0.8.3" gem 'test-unit', '~> 2.0.0' gem 'autotest-rails' end
Then you can just run the autotest command (or bundle exec autotest) from your project directory. When you save a file your tests will be run for the file that has been changed and the results will be fully colorized!