How to run JUnit 5 Tests with JBang

This article covers the integration between JUnit 5, the well-known framework for Java testing, with JBang scripting tool. By the end of it, you will learn how to add a robust testing layer to your Java scripts written with JBang.

Why using JBang to Test ?

Traditional set-ups often involve configuring complex build systems or IDE-specific environments to execute JUnit tests on Java scripts. However, the integration of JBang with JUnit introduces a paradigm shift in this approach, offering several distinct advantages:

  • Simplicity in Setup: JBang simplifies the setup by enabling the execution of JUnit tests directly from the command line without setting up elaborate project structures for testing.
  • Dependency Management Made Effortless: JBang’s integration with JUnit allows seamless dependency management, enabling developers to easily include required libraries for testing.

Before we go to a practical example, If you are new to JBang check this article: JBang: Create Java scripts like a pro

A practical JUnit 5 Test Example with JBang

Firstly, open a notepad or an IDE that supports JBang and create the following Java Class:

//usr/bin/env jbang "$0" "$@" ; exit $?

//DEPS org.junit.jupiter:junit-jupiter-engine:5.10.1
//DEPS org.junit.platform:junit-platform-console:1.8.2
//DEPS org.hamcrest:hamcrest-library:2.1


import org.junit.jupiter.api.Test;
import static org.hamcrest.MatcherAssert.assertThat;
import static org.hamcrest.Matchers.equalTo;

import org.junit.platform.console.options.CommandLineOptions;
import org.junit.platform.console.tasks.ConsoleTestExecutor;

import java.nio.file.Paths;
import java.util.Collections;

public class JUnit5Example {

    void testGreeting() {
        Greeter hw = new Greeter();
        assertThat(hw.greeting("me"), equalTo("Hello me"));
    public static void main(String... args) throws Exception {
        CommandLineOptions options = new CommandLineOptions();
        new ConsoleTestExecutor(options).execute(new PrintWriter(System.out));

    class Greeter {
        String greeting(String name) {
            return "Hello " + (name != null ? name : "");


The CommandLineOptions class is a utility class provided by the JUnit Platform that allows you to customize the execution of JUnit tests from the command line. It provides various options that you can set to control the test runner behavior, such as the list of classes to execute, the output directory for test reports, and the maximum number of threads to use.

In the context of this example, the CommandLineOptions instance lets us specify test class (JUnit5Example) for execution and sets the reports directory to the current working directory (user.dir).

Then, run your application as follows:


If you have an IDE that includes a plugin or extension for JBang, such as Visual Studio, you can run it directly from the IDE:

jbang Test with JUnit 5

Then, you can check the result of the Test:

Test Java with JBang

You can find the source JBang script in our repository:

Test Class in in another File

In our minimal Test example, we have included both the Test Class and the JUnit Test in the same File. This is a quick way to start, however in most cases you will need to separate your Main Class from the Test Class. That’s not a issue: just include in your JUnit/JBang Class a reference to the external Java Source file:



In essence, JBang’s simplicity and immediate feedback significantly reduce the barrier to entry for learning JUnit, allowing you to focus more on writing effective tests and understanding testing methodologies rather than dealing with complex setup and execution procedures.