TestBench is a principled test framework for Ruby and MRuby aiming to offer precisely what is needed to test well-designed code effectively and easily. For more information, visit TestBench's website: http://test-bench.software.
> gem install test_bench
# Gemfile source 'https://rubygems.org' gem 'test_bench', group: :development # Or group :development do gem 'test_bench' end
Place a test initialization file at test/test_init.rb.
# test/test_init.rb # Load the code to be tested require_relative '../lib/my/code.rb' # Load TestBench require 'test_bench' # Activate TestBench TestBench.activate
Activating TestBench with
TestBench.activate makes the core DSL available in test files.
The effect of activating TestBench is very limited. It adds TestBench's core API methods to Ruby's
main object, which is the Ruby script runner. Activating TestBench has no effects on any other objects or classes in the Ruby system except for the
main script runner.
It's not strictly necessary to activate TestBench in order to use it. See the Using TestBench Without Monkey Patching recipe for specifics.
Load the Test Initialization File
At the top of every test file, load the
# test/automated/some_test.rb require_relative '../test_init' context "Some Example" do test "Some test" do assert(true) end end
TestBench doesn't require the use of any special test runner. It's designed so that tests can be executed using nothing more than Ruby. There's no need to create or maintain plugins for editors or CI servers. It's just Ruby.
Using the Ruby Executable
Run test files like any script file by passing the file name to the
> ruby test/automated/some_test.rb Some Context Some test Some other test Some failing test test/automated/some_test.rb:13:in `block (2 levels) in <top (required)>': Assertion failed (TestBench::Fixture::AssertionFailure)
Runs a batch of files and directories.
TestBench::Run.(*paths, exclude_file_pattern: nil)
Here is an example of the batch runner being invoked from a file named
automated.rb located in the
# test/automated.rb TestBench::Run.()
For more information on the batch runner, visit its documentation page.
Command Line Runner
In addition to being able to run tests using the raw
ruby executable, TestBench also provides it's own command line executable that offers a bit more power.
bench executable can be used to run individual test files or directories containing test files.
Running a Single File
To run a single test file, specify the file path as a command line argument.
> bench test/automated/some_test.rb
Running a Directory
To run a directory of test files, and its subdirectories, specify the directory path as a command line argument.
> bench test/automated/some_directory/
Default Test Directory
By default, when the
bench commend is executed with no arguments, it will run all the test files under
This default can be changed by setting the environment variable
For more information on the command line runner, visit its documentation page.
TestBench's core API is just a handful of methods, including
fixture. Other methods, such as
assert_raises are built in terms of the core methods.
Context and Test Blocks
context method establishes a context around a block of test code.
context "Some Context" do test "Some test" do # ... end end
The blocks given to
context can further subdivide the test file into nested, sub-contexts.
context "Some Context" do context "Some Inner Context" do test "Some test" do # ... end end end
Ruby's lexical scoping allows variables defined in outer contexts to be available within nested contexts, but not available outside of the outer context.
context "Some Context" do context "Some Inner Context" do some_variable = 'some_value' context "Some Deeper Context" do puts some_variable # => "some_value" end end puts some_variable # => NameError (undefined local variable or method `some_variable' for main:Object) end
Tests are titled blocks of code that perform assertions, typically one per test.
context "Some Context" do test "Some test" do assert(true) end test "Some other test" do assert(true) end end
Titles are optional for both contexts and tests. Contexts without a title serve solely as lexical scopes and do not effect the test output in any way; nothing is printed and the indentation is not changed. Tests without titles are treated similarly, but if a test fails, a title of
Test is used to indicate the test failure. Also, both contexts and tests can also be skipped by omitting the block argument.
context "Some Context" do context do some_variable = 'some_value' test do assert(some_variable == 'some_value') end end context do some_variable = 'some_other_value' test do assert(some_variable == 'some_other_value') end end end
Deactivating Contexts and Tests
Contexts and tests can be deactivated by prefixing them with the underscore character:
They're useful for temporarily disabling a context or test when debugging, troubleshooting, or doing exploratory testing.
context "Some Context" do # This context doesn't run _context "Some Inner Context" do test "Some test" do assert(true) end end context "Some Other Inner Context" do # This test doesn't run _test "Some test" do assert(true) end end end
WARNING: A test run that includes deactivated contexts or tests will fail. A CI build that includes deactivated tests will result in a broken build.
Deactivated tests and contexts should never be checked in to version control. Checking in deactivated test code should be seen as a development process failure.
This behavior can be changed by setting the
TEST_BENCH_FAIL_DEACTIVATED_TESTSenvironment variable to
Test output is intended to be read by users.
Often, the text printed by
test sufficiently expresses what behavior the tests are expecting out of the test.
Comments can also be included in test code in order to provide the user with additional output.
context "Some Context" do comment "Some comment" comment "Other comment" # ... end
Multiple lines of text can be given as arguments to
comment, and each will be indented at the same level as the first:
context "Some Context" do comment "Multiline", "Comment", "Example" end
When tests fail, it is often necessary to see details of the test scenario itself in order to diagnose the failure. However, it is generally undesirable to see information about the test scenario when reading the output from a test file that passes. For that reason, detailed output can be printed with
context "Some Context" do test "Passing test" do detail "Will not be printed" assert(true) end test "Failing test" do detail "Will be printed" assert(false) end end
Like comments, multiple lines of text can be given to
detail, and each will be indented at the same level as the first:
context "Some Context" do test "Failing test" do detail "Multiline", "Detail", "Example" assert(false) end end
TestBench offers four assertion methods:
Assert and Refute
refute methods accept a single parameter. The value of the parameter must either be true or false, or truthy.
assert(true) # Passes assert(false) # Fails assert(1 == 1) # Passes assert(some_object.nil?) # Passes if some_object is nil assert(1 > 1) # Fails refute(true) # Fails refute(false) # Passes refute(1 != 1) # Passes refute(!some_object) # Passes if some_object is *not* nil
Assert Raises and Refute Raises
To test that a block of code raises an error, use
assert_raises. To test that a block of code does not raise an error, use
Either method takes a block argument, and the respective assertion will either pass or fail based on whether the block raises an error when it's evaluated.
# Passes assert_raises do raise 'Some error message' end # Fails assert_raises do end # Passes refute_raises do end # Fails refute_raises do raise 'Some error message' end
If a class is given as the first positional parameter, the block must raise an instance of the given class.
# Passes assert_raises(RuntimeError) do raise 'Some error message' end # Fails assert_raises(SomeOtherError) do raise 'Some error message' end # Passes refute_raises(RuntimeError) do raise SomeOtherError end # Fails refute_raises(SomeOtherError) do raise SomeOtherError end
To match the raised error's message, the error message can be specified as the second argument.
# Passes assert_raises(RuntimeError, 'Some error message') do raise 'Some error message' end # Fails assert_raises(RuntimeError, 'Some error message') do raise 'Some other error message' end
refute_raises does not accept an optional error message.
For more information on assertions, visit the documentation page.
To allow for generalized test abstractions, the TestBench core methods (
comment, etc.) can be made available to any Ruby class or object. To add the methods to a class, mix in
class SomeFixture include TestBench::Fixture def call context "Some Context" do test "Example passing test" do assert(true) end test "Example failing test" do refute(true) end end end end
For more information on fixtures, visit the documentation page.
For a comprehensive list of changes, see Changes
22.214.171.124 - Tue May 18 2021
- Added a variant of the
test!, that aborts the execution of the current context if the test fails. Useful, for instance, for assuring that an HTTP response was successful before making any further assertions about the contents of the HTTP response.
- Titles of test failures are now printed in bold, in addition to red.
126.96.36.199 - Tue Apr 27 2021
- Detail CLI argument (
--no-detail) no longer accepts an optional argument
188.8.131.52 - Mon Apr 05 2021
- CLI (
bench) and batch runner (
TEST_BENCH_EXCLUDE_FILE_PATTERNwhen files are specified, and not just directories
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