JUnit - Executing Tests

The test cases are executed using JUnitCore class. JUnitCore is a facade for running tests. It supports running JUnit 4 tests, JUnit 3.8.x tests, and mixtures. To run tests from the command line, run java org.junit.runner.JUnitCore <TestClass>. For one-shot test runs, use the static method runClasses(Class[]).

Following is the declaration for org.junit.runner.JUnitCore class:

public class JUnitCore extends java.lang.Object

Here we will see how to execute the tests with the help of JUnitCore.

Create a Class

Create a java class to be tested, say, MessageUtil.java, in C:\>JUNIT_WORKSPACE.

* This class prints the given message on console.

public class MessageUtil {

   private String message;

   //@param message to be printed
   public MessageUtil(String message){
      this.message = message;
   // prints the message
   public String printMessage(){
      return message;

Create Test Case Class

  • Create a java test class, say, TestJunit.java.

  • Add a test method testPrintMessage() to your test class.

  • Add an Annotaion @Test to the method testPrintMessage().

  • Implement the test condition and check the condition using assertEquals API of JUnit.

Create a java class file named TestJunit.java in C:\>JUNIT_WORKSPACE.

import org.junit.Test;
import static org.junit.Assert.assertEquals;

public class TestJunit {
   String message = "Hello World";	
   MessageUtil messageUtil = new MessageUtil(message);

   public void testPrintMessage() {

Create Test Runner Class

Now create a java class file named TestRunner.java in C:\>JUNIT_WORKSPACE to execute test case(s). It imports the JUnitCore class and uses the runClasses() method that takes the test class name as its parameter.

import org.junit.runner.JUnitCore;
import org.junit.runner.Result;
import org.junit.runner.notification.Failure;

public class TestRunner {
   public static void main(String[] args) {
      Result result = JUnitCore.runClasses(TestJunit.class);
      for (Failure failure : result.getFailures()) {

Compile the Test case and Test Runner classes using javac.

C:\JUNIT_WORKSPACE>javac MessageUtil.java TestJunit.java TestRunner.java

Now run the Test Runner, which will run the test case defined in the provided Test Case class.

C:\JUNIT_WORKSPACE>java TestRunner

Verify the output.

Hello World