JUnit 5 Tutorial

This JUnit 5 tutorial talks about how it adapted java 8 style of coding and several other features as well. Learn how it’s different from JUnit 3 or 4.

JUnit 5 is most widely used testing framework for java applications. For very long time, JUnit has been doing its job perfectly. In between, JDK 8 brought very exciting features in java and most notably lambda expressions. JUnit 5 aims to adapt java 8 style of coding and several other features as well, that’s why java 8 is required to create and execute tests in JUnit 5 (though it is possible to execute tests written with JUnit 3 or JUnit 4 for backward compatibility).

Table of Contents

Writing Tests
Test Suites
Backward Compatibility

JUnit 5 Architecture

As compared to JUnit 4, JUnit 5 is composed of several different modules from three different sub-projects:

JUnit 5 = JUnit Platform + JUnit Jupiter + JUnit Vintage
  1. JUnit Platform

    To be able to launch junit tests, IDEs, build tools or plugins need to include and extend platform APIs. It defines the TestEngine API for developing new testing frameworks that runs on the platform.
    It also provides a Console Launcher to launch the platform from the command line and build plugins for Gradle and Maven.

  2. JUnit Jupiter

    It includes new programming and extension models for writing tests. It has all new junit annotations and TestEngine implementation to run tests written with these annotations.

  3. JUnit Vintage

    It primary purpose is to support running JUnit 3 and JUnit 4 written tests on the JUnit 5 platform. It’s there are backward compatibility.


You can use JUnit 5 in your maven or gradle project by including minimum two dependencies i.e. Jupiter Engine Dependency and Platform Runner Dependency.





Read More: Maven Example | Gradle Example

JUnit 5 Annotations

JUnit 5 offers following annotations to write tests.

@BeforeEachThe annotated method will be run before each test method in the test class.
@AfterEachThe annotated method will be run after each test method in the test class.
@BeforeAllThe annotated method will be run before all test methods in the test class. This method must be static.
@AfterAllThe annotated method will be run after all test methods in the test class. This method must be static.
@TestIt is used to mark a method as junit test
@DisplayNameUsed to provide any custom display name for a test class or test method
@DisableIt is used to disable or ignore a test class or method from test suite.
@NestedUsed to create nested test classes
@TagMark test methods or test classes with tags for test discovering and filtering
@TestFactoryMark a method is a test factory for dynamic tests

Writing Tests in JUnit 5

There is not much changed between JUnit 4 and JUnit 5 in test writing styles. Here is sample tests with their life cycle methods.

import org.junit.jupiter.api.AfterAll;
import org.junit.jupiter.api.AfterEach;
import org.junit.jupiter.api.Assertions;
import org.junit.jupiter.api.BeforeAll;
import org.junit.jupiter.api.BeforeEach;
import org.junit.jupiter.api.Disabled;
import org.junit.jupiter.api.Tag;
import org.junit.jupiter.api.Test;

import com.howtodoinjava.junit5.examples.Calculator;

public class AppTest {
	static void setup(){
		System.out.println("@BeforeAll executed");
	void setupThis(){
		System.out.println("@BeforeEach executed");
    void testCalcOne() 
		System.out.println("======TEST ONE EXECUTED=======");
		Assertions.assertEquals( 4 , Calculator.add(2, 2));
    void testCalcTwo() 
		System.out.println("======TEST TWO EXECUTED=======");
		Assertions.assertEquals( 6 , Calculator.add(2, 4));
	void tearThis(){
		System.out.println("@AfterEach executed");
	static void tear(){
		System.out.println("@AfterAll executed");

Test Suites

Using JUnit 5 test suites, you can run tests spread into multiple test classes and different packages. JUnit 5 provides two annotations: @SelectPackages and @SelectClasses to create test suites.

To execute the suite, you will use @RunWith(JUnitPlatform.class).

public class JUnit5TestSuiteExample 

Additionally, you can use following annotations for filtering test packages, classes or even test methods.

  1. @IncludePackages and @ExcludePackages to filter packages
  2. @IncludeClassNamePatterns and @ExcludeClassNamePatterns to filter test classes
  3. @IncludeTags and @ExcludeTags to filter test methods
public class JUnit5TestSuiteExample 

Read More : JUnit 5 Test Suites


Assertions help in validating the expected output with actual output of a testcase. To keep things simple, all JUnit Jupiter assertions are static methods in the org.junit.jupiter.Assertions class e.g. assertEquals(), assertNotEquals().

void testCase() 
    //Test will pass
    Assertions.assertNotEquals(3, Calculator.add(2, 2));
    //Test will fail 
    Assertions.assertNotEquals(4, Calculator.add(2, 2), "Calculator.add(2, 2) test failed");
    //Test will fail 
    Supplier<String> messageSupplier  = ()-> "Calculator.add(2, 2) test failed";
    Assertions.assertNotEquals(4, Calculator.add(2, 2), messageSupplier);

Read More: JUnit 5 Assertions


Assumptions class provides static methods to support conditional test execution based on assumptions. A failed assumption results in a test being aborted. Assumptions are typically used whenever it does not make sense to continue execution of a given test method. In test report, these test will be marked as passed.

JUnit jupiter Assumptions class has two such methods: assumeFalse(), assumeTrue().

public class AppTest {
    void testOnDev() 
        System.setProperty("ENV", "DEV");
        Assumptions.assumeTrue("DEV".equals(System.getProperty("ENV")), AppTest::message);
    void testOnProd() 
        System.setProperty("ENV", "PROD");
    private static String message () {
        return "TEST Execution Failed :: ";

Read More: JUnit 5 Assumptions

Backward Compatibility for JUnit 3 or JUnit 4

JUnit 4 has been here for a quite long time and there are numerous tests written in junit 4. JUnit Jupiter need to support those tests as well. For this purpose, JUnit Vintage sub-project is developed.

JUnit Vintage provides a TestEngine implementation for running JUnit 3 and JUnit 4 based tests on the JUnit 5 platform.


JUnit 5 is still in development. It seems so exciting and feature rich. And now its open for extension by third party tools and APIs. As a test writer, you may not feel that much different but when you will go for its extension or try to develop any IDE plugin, you will praise it.

As a developer, you may also consider adding test templates into eclipse IDE to improve your development speed.

Write your thoughts about this JUnit 5 tutorial in comments.

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2 thoughts on “JUnit 5 Tutorial”

  1. hi can you explain me how to use junit with spring i have many doubt in it
    for example 1) how to configure application context for testing .. and many more

  2. Thanks for writing this blog post, it’s short and to the point!

    As a test writer, you may not feel that much different but when you will go for its extension or try to develop any IDE plugin, you will praise it.

    I have to say that, looking into the JUnit5 source code, I think it’s a lot more complex than JUnit4, writing an extension for JUnit5 that changes how test methods are executed seems next to impossible to me (whereas in JUnit4 that’s trivial)!

    I want to be able to run every test method on a remote machine. In JUnit4, I would implement a Runner and be done in 5 minutes. In JUnit5, it seems I have to implement a full-blown TestEngine?! The Extension mechanism allows post processing a test instance, but not replacing it entirely (or at least overriding the methods).

    Any ideas on how to proceed other than just sticking with JUnit4?

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