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JUnit 4 in 60 Seconds

I played with JUnit 4 library this weekend and here is the short introduction to it:

  1. @Test
    Mark your test cases with @Test annotations. You don’t need to prefix your test cases with “test”.  In addition, your class does not need to extend from “TestCase” class.

    public void addition() {
    assertEquals(12, simpleMath.add(7, 5));

    public void subtraction() {
    assertEquals(9, simpleMath.substract(12, 3));

  2. @Before and @After
    Use @Before and @After annotations for “setup” and “tearDown” methods respectively. They run before and after every test case.

    public void runBeforeEveryTest() {
    simpleMath = new SimpleMath();

    public void runAfterEveryTest() {
    simpleMath = null;

  3. @BeforeClass and @AfterClass
    Use @BeforeClass and @AfterClass annotations for class wide “setup” and “tearDown” respectively. Think them as one time setup and tearDown. They run for one time before and after all test cases.

    public static void runBeforeClass() {
    // run for one time before all test cases

    public static void runAfterClass() {
    // run for one time after all test cases

  4. Exception Handling
    Use “expected” paramater with @Test annotation for test cases that expect exception. Write the class name of the exception that will be thrown.

    @Test(expected = ArithmeticException.class)
    public void divisionWithException() {
    // divide by zero
    simpleMath.divide(1, 0);

  5. @Ignore
    Put @Ignore annotation for test cases you want to ignore. You can add a string parameter that defines the reason of ignorance if you want.

    @Ignore(“Not Ready to Run”)
    public void multiplication() {
    assertEquals(15, simpleMath.multiply(3, 5));
  6. Timeout
    Define a timeout period in miliseconds with “timeout” parameter. The test fails when the timeout period exceeds.

    @Test(timeout = 1000)
    public void infinity() {
    while (true)

  7. New Assertions
    Compare arrays with new assertion methods. Two arrays are equal if they have the same length and each element is equal to the corresponding element in the other array; otherwise, they’re not.

    public static void assertEquals(Object[] expected, Object[] actual);
    public static void assertEquals(String message, Object[] expected, Object[] actual);

    public void listEquality() {
    List expected = new ArrayList();

    List actual = new ArrayList();

    assertEquals(expected, actual);

  8. JUnit4Adapter
    Run your Junit 4 tests in Junit 3 test runners with Junit4Adapter.

    public static junit.framework.Test suite() {
    return new JUnit4TestAdapter(SimpleMathTest.class);

Happy coding. :D


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  1. MJ says

    Nice one, thanks!

    • java67 says

      Indeed fantastic tutorial , something for quick startup on JUnit4. I like the to the point explanation and example. By the way here is my list of Junit 4 annotations

  2. westlakken says

    sometimes I’m not sure if I really exist

  3. Peter Andersen says

    If the static import has been shown in 1. the example contain the full picture.

    import static junit.framework.Assert.*;


    import static junit.framework.Assert.assertEquals;

    Good 60 sec. guide though


    • Arindam Chanda says

      Awesome guide..what simple examples.
      The import should be I thought:-
      import static org.junit.Assert.*

  4. Abdullah Cetin CAVDAR says

    Thanks for reminding the static imports Peter. :D

  5. Stephen says

    westlakken, maybe you are just someone else’s reflection.

    nice junit guide. appreciate!

  6. BLK says

    Nice… is great for me, and very easy, thanks..

  7. Naveen says

    Great way to explain in less time

  8. timothy says

    clear and concise explanation! thank you.

  9. Aley Raza says

    Nice tutorial

  10. santhosh says

    Hey appreciate yor help regarding this
    I am moved from a novice user to some kind of a basic user
    Once again thanks

  11. Ulf Zibis says

    Peter Andersen’s static imports are for JUnit 3.x library.

    Here we are in JUnit 4.x library, so we have to use:
    import static org.junit.Assert.*;

    I’m missing god example for parametrized tests.
    – can you add some ?
    – Do you know a good link ?


  12. PeterK says

    Anyone here tried TestNG out? It extends on the idea of annotations and also provides a larger set of execution control annotations. It’s JUnit style so the learning curve should be small.
    TestNG also supports parameterization.

  13. Abdullah Cetin CAVDAR says

    I heard lots of good comments about TestNG but I haven’t tried it yet unfortunately. If anyone tried it, we would be happy to read his/her thougths. :D

  14. Phani says

    When I am running with @Ignore tag, JUnit is not ignoring that test case.
    Please can you check back once again?

  15. Abdullah Cetin CAVDAR says

    I checked it once again Phani. It seems, @ignore is working as stated in the post. The ignored test is shown in the test case list, however it is not executed actually.

  16. Steven M. Armstrong says

    Great summary.
    Your site has been recommended at my workplace for those migrating from jUnit 3 to jUnit 4.

    Thanks for the good work!

  17. Eugen Plischke says

    took me more time to write this comment than to understand the jUnit 4.x approach, great overview, thanks! :)

  18. Shikha says

    Nice work.. thanks[:)]

  19. cha says

    Anyone can tell me how to run a group of test cases like Junit 3.x?
    For example, with Junit 3.x, I write a class to test all test cases in a package

    public static void main (String[] args) {;

    public static Test suite () {
    TestSuite suite = new TestSuite(“package one”);

    // add more here …

    return suite;

    How to do the same with Junit 4.x ?


  20. Abdullah Cetin CAVDAR says

    we can use @RunWith and @Suite.SuiteClasses annotations. Below I try to give the source code for our example.

    import org.junit.runner.RunWith;
    import org.junit.runners.Suite;

    // add other classes here (comma separated)
    public class AllTests {

    For your example, the above code will be:

    import org.junit.runner.RunWith;
    import org.junit.runners.Suite;

    public class AllTestsCha {

  21. sandeep says

    –below is my code but its not running can any one help me please.Error is :No tests found in TestAnnotation—-

    import static org.junit.Assert.*;
    import junit.framework.JUnit4TestAdapter;

    import org.junit.After;
    import org.junit.Before;
    import org.junit.Test;

    public class TestAnnotation {
    static Maths maths = null;
    public static void main(String[] args) {;


    public static junit.framework.Test suite() {
    return new JUnit4TestAdapter(TestAnnotation.class);

    public static void runBeforeEveryTest() {
    maths = new Maths();

    public static void runAfterEveryTest() {
    maths =null;

    public static void add() {

    int x = maths.add(10, 10);
    assertEquals(21, x);

  22. sandeep says

    –for this example what should be there inside the class and how to make it run–

    import org.junit.runner.RunWith;
    import org.junit.runners.Suite;

    public class AllTestsCha {

    public static voidmain(String a[]){

    –what should be there here to run the test–

    –please help me am total new to junit–

  23. Simone says

    Very easy and useful!


  24. sandeep says

    Hi all,
    can any one say in this example how to add multiple testcases to the suite as
    the class in
    return new JUnit4TestAdapter(TestAnnotation1.class)
    can accept only one testcase at a time but i had many testcases

    we have any thing like new JUnit4TestAdapter(TestAnnotation1.class,one.class,two.class)

  25. Abdullah Cetin CAVDAR says


    I try to give an answer to your problem in my previous comment. I hope, it will help. You can send PM me if you want.

  26. Mighty Chip says

    Awesome tutorial!! Thanks so much! :) Makes moving up to 4.x a snap!

  27. cha says


    I have a question that do the test cases run in order or not?

    Ex: I have test class includes 3 cases (testMethod1, testMethod2, testMethod3)

    When running, I see sometimes they run in order


    but sometimes is not (2,1,3 or 3,2,1 …). Since I’m using a data sharing between them so that I must assure they will be run in order. My real case is :

    testCreateUser() –> always make sure this case will run firstly

    These case will be fail or error if testCreateUser() did not run before:


    Anyone can help me to show how to make them run in order always? I’m using JUnit4.x

    Thanks a lot.

  28. Abdullah Cetin CAVDAR says

    Test cases are not run in any order and you cannot guarantee to run them in some specific order.

    You don’t need them run in any order and you must not infact. Because test case must be independent. It means, it must run successfully without dependent (data, condition etc.) of any other test case(s). This is an important feature of test cases.

    So, you have to setup your test case’s running condition before it runs, you check or test something (using asserts) and you leave your environment in its state before the setting up process. The setUp() and tearDown() methods (naming convention before the JUnit 4.x) is generally used for this purpose. Because they run before and after each test case. They are annotated as @Before and @After in JUnit 4.X as we mentioned.

    In your example, you can create a user in a method annotated with @Before and you delete that user in in another method annotated with @After. Therefore, you guarantee that you have a user that you exactly know in your system to test your other methods. It can be something like that:

    public void initializeSystem() {
    // user: id, name, surname
    this.user = userDAO.createUser(1, “Foo”, “Bar”);

    public void getUserById() {
    User newUser = userDAO.findUserById(1);
    assertEquals(this.user.getName(), newUser.getName());
    assertEquals(this.user.getSurname(), newUser.getSurname());

    public void cleanSystemState() {

    For the above example, you have to guarantee that createUser() and deleteUser() methods are running correctly of course.

    I hope, it gives the general approach of independent unit testing. Creating such an environment is not easy I know. However, when we try to test our system as isolated and independent as possible, we not only testing our system, we are improving our overall architecture without noticing it. So, we have well-defined, fully tested, ready to use components and interfaces. I think, this is what we try to achieve. :D

  29. cha says

    Nice answer. It’s very useful to me.

    Thanks so much !

  30. Ye Fu says

    Very nice . Thanks

  31. sk_svenska says

    Simple and easy?(*^__^*)

  32. Arvids says

    Great one!

  33. Mattias says

    Thanks for a great (and quick) introduction to JUnit4. This is more or less the only information that is needed for a quick start.
    A short description and an example. GREAT!

  34. Aparna says

    Thank you for this fantastic short introduction to JUnit 4.

  35. Dosha Kenkan says

    very helpful, thanks

  36. xcy666 says

    It’s good!
    Simple but clear

  37. Jean-Claude says


    Great Job, Thank you, it has saved me the time to read through a lot of documents.

    I just have a remark to the point 7 (Arrays comparison):
    I’m using the version 4.5 of JUnit and the following methods:

    assertEquals(String message, Object[] expecteds,
    Object[] actuals)
    assertEquals(Object[] expecteds, Object[] actuals)

    are deprecated.

    The new methods are: assertArrayEquals(…)

  38. QAFE says

    Brilliant, having used 3.8.1 for quite some time, this artucle eased me into 4 easily. Thanx!

  39. Animated favicons says

    Very nice . Thanks

  40. Abdullah Cetin CAVDAR says

    I’ll update the post when I have some time. Thank you. :D

  41. Bob Carpenter says

    Thanks! This is just what I needed. I just wrote a bunch of regexes to munge our 3.8 tests into 4.5 format.

    I’m not convinced all the static imports and attributes are better than the old way of doing things, but I don’t want to innovate (or retrovate?) on style, so I’m going with the flow.

    The one thing I couldn’t get rid of is my old pattern for testing exceptions in a try/catch block with explicit failure method calls. The problem I have is that some of my tests set up something like a stream, read off what’s expected, then make sure you get an attempt to read past end of stream exception. Crucially, I don’t want the test to succeed if one of the earlier reads throws an exception. And after the exception, I want to test that the stream knows its empty and isn’t in some funky state.

    I wrote a blog entry about it with code, linking to this entry:

  42. Raghavan alias Saravanan M says

    Nice article Indeed :) Thanks for the post.

    Btw, the template editor for the coding (java code) is provided by WordPress by default? If so what set of tags do u use? Can you help me out please?

    It would be great if you can send me an email :).

    Raghavan alias Saravanan M.

  43. Gangadhar says

    Nice one! Thank you very much!

  44. MrBCut says

    Thank you! You are so cool for showing us noobs. :)

  45. paul says

    nice one. especially point 8 saved my day

  46. Andrew says

    I just went about converting 70 tests to JUnit 4, and this guide was very helpful, thank you.

  47. Arun Reddy says

    Very helpful, Thanks a lot for such a great tutorial.!

  48. Sumit Joglekar says

    Gr8 Tutorial…….found it very useful….
    Thank you very much. I’ll be converting all tutorials to jUnit4 now.

  49. Selim says

    I Love JUnit

  50. addicted_guy says

    thanks dude i appreciate your effort to show your knowledge keep it up :)

  51. DJ says

    Gr8 article… Really made my venture with Junit4 easy… :) .. Thanks

  52. Ravi Kumar Gupta says

    Nice guide.. thanks :)

  53. Swagatika says

    Very helpful article to learn JUnit 1.4 quickly. Loved it. Keep posting.:)

  54. Wegra says

    With just a few sentences and examples, it’s better than any other guides. Nice Job!!!
    I translated your post into Korean for my local programmers.

  55. Tuna says

    Actually, the @Test annotation works if the surrounding class is NOT derived from TestCase, so it’s either

    1) Continue to derive from TestCase and name your methods testX


    2) No longer derive from TestCase and add @Test to your methods.

    But not both (except if you _really_ want to):

    So the phrase

    “In addition, your class does not need to extend from “TestCase” class.”

    should be:

    “In that case, your class SHOULD NOT extend from “TestCase” class.”

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    good quick info.

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