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A plugin for nose2 implementing behavior-driven testing.

Project Description

A plugin for running behavior-driven tests using gherkin inside nose2.


To enable planterbox for your project, you’ll want to add the following lines (or similar) to your unittest.cfg:

plugins = planterbox

always-on = True

planterbox is compatible with

Writing Tests

planterbox tests exist inside a python package which provides a context or “world” for their execution. You should write your tests in .feature files in the package directory. .feature files have access to all steps defined in or imported into their package’s For example, with the directory structure:


If contains:

from planterbox import step

@step(r'I add (\d+) and (\d+)')
def add(test, a, b):
    a = int(a)
    b = int(b)
    test.result = a + b

@step(r'the result should be (\d+)')
def check_result(test, value):
    value = int(value)
    test.assertEqual(test.result, value)

basic.feature could contain:

Feature: Basic Tests
    I want to exercise generation of a simple test from a feature.

    Scenario: I need to verify basic arithmetic.
        Given I add 1 and 1
        Then the result should be 2

We could then run this test either by running all of the tests in the suite with nose2 or run it specifically with nose2 planterbox.tests.test_feature:basic.feature. We could even run the first scenario specifically with nose2 planterbox.tests.test_feature:basic.feature:0.

Writing Steps

planterbox steps are python functions decorated with @planterbox.step(PATTERN). PATTERN can be a python regular expression, which must start matching expected step text after the gherkin step prefixes.

Groups matched within PATTERN are provided to the decorated function as arguments. All steps are provided with the ScenarioTestCase object for the currently executing scenario as their first argument. Unnamed groups are provided to the step as positional arguments after this. Named groups will be passed as keyword arguments. PATTERN cannot mix unnamed and named groups. If any named groups are used, all groups must be named groups.

All the steps in a feature’s package will be available to that feature’s scenario. These steps can be defined in the package or imported from somewhere else.

Hooks, Setup, and Teardown

setUpModule and tearDownModule methods in a feature’s will be run before and after all features in that package, respectively. planterbox provides some extra hooks for doing preparation or cleanup. Functions can be registered as hooks by decorating them with @planterbox.hook(TIMING, STAGE). TIMING can be 'before' or 'after' and STAGE any of 'feature', 'scenario', or 'step'.

All hooks are expected to take one argument. 'feature' hooks are passed the FeatureTestSuite for the active feature, 'scenario' hooks get the ScenarioTestCase, and 'step' hooks get the text of the step.

Scenario Outlines

planterbox supports scenario outlines. These allow you to execute a scenario multiple times with different values. For example:

Feature: Example Tests
    I want to exercise generation of a test with examples from a feature.

    Scenario Outline: I need to verify basic arithmetic with examples.
        Given I add <x> and <y>
        Then the result should be <z>
            x | y | z
            1 | 1 | 2
            1 | 2 | 3
            2 | 1 | 3
            2 | 2 | 4

Your 'before' and 'after' 'scenario' hooks will only run once for the entire scenario outline.

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