Tag: Gherkin

An Introduction to Cucumber for Java

In this post we are going to discuss about cucumber for Java implementation, well, from this post, we are starting an all new series of Cucumber with Selenium video series as well as posts as a discussion.


BDD – Behavioral Driven Development is based on Test Driven Development (TDD) and it aims to bridge the gap between Business analyst and developers.

BDD not only bridges the gap between business analyst and developers but also between

  • Manual QA with Automation testers (who write BDD)
  • Manual QA with Developers

BDD seems to be like a plan text, but they have their own syntax based on certain tools (which we will discuss next)

BDD Supported tools

There are many tools available to support BDD, some most famous tools are

  • Cucumber
  • Jbehave
  • Nbehave
  • SpecFlow

All the above tools are used in conjunction with many different platforms and languages like JAVA, C#, Ruby, Python, Jruby etc

But all the above tools have one language in common, which is Gherkin


  • Gherkin is the format for Cucumber specification.
  • It is a business readable, Domain specific language which will let anybody to understand the software behavior easily (effortlessly), since they are PLAIN TEXT.
  • Gherkin has some spaces and indentation to define structure.
  • Gherkin has very few syntax which make the parser (the tool which uses Gherkin) to behave based on the structure.
  • The syntax of Gherkin is very simple and are pretty readable as plain text

Gherkin Syntax

Here are few syntax of Gherkin

  1. Feature
  2. Background
  3. Scenario
  4. Given
  5. When
  6. Then
  7. And
  8. But
  9. Scenario outline
  10. Examples
  11. Scenario Templates

It looks something like this

Here is the complete video of the above discussion

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Pickles an living documentation for Specflow feature file

In this post we will discuss about Pickles, an opensource tool for generating documentation for Specflow feature files.

What is Pickles

Pickles is an open source living documentation generator that works on feature files written in the Gherkin language, popularized in tools like Cucumber and SpecFlow.

Pickles can be incorporated into your build process to produce living documentation in a format that is more accessible to your clients. Gherkin language files are written in plain text and stored in your source folder

Pickles supported output formats

Pickles can produce output in different formats:

ØStatic HTML: a set of HTML files with minimal JavaScript

ØDynamic HTML: a JavaScript-rich single page app with integrated search

ØWord: Microsoft Word

ØExcel: Microsoft Excel

ØJSON: a custom JSON format

Installing Pickles via Nuget

The command to install Pickles from Nuget of Visual studio IDE is this





Here is the complete video of the above discussion

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Karthik KK