BDD with Cucumber Java

Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) has become a well established approach to testing, providing ‘living documentation’ of the system under test, and being able to use the documentation to drive the test automation. Our BDD courses teach you what BDD is all about, how to write your Gherkin Feature files, and then how to bind the test automation code to the features. To learn more about BDD visit this page.

Our Cucumber Java course is the perfect introductory course on Behaviour-Driven Development. This course covers writing Feature Files in Gherkin, then generating Step Definitions and then writing the code bindings using Selenium WebDriver.


The course is delivered online. It is live, instructor-led training over 3 days. Each day is an online session of approx. 3.5 hours. All delegates receive a comprehensive workbook, and the sessions are recorded. It can be accessed from anywhere in the world. We also offer on-site training at your offices if required.

Technologies used

This course uses Cucumber JVM, and WebDriver Java all in Eclipse (or IntelliJ if you prefer). The course prerequisite is that you have done some WebDriver or sat on our Selenium WebDriver course.

Course Overview

Introduction to BDD

A background to BDD and its benefits. The process of BDD. An overview of the tools available, terminology.

Introduction to Gherkin

Feature Files, introduction to the Gherkin language, basic syntax

More Gherkin

Using the Background fixture, Parameters, Doc Strings, Examples and Data Tables, using Tags to organise execution, commenting

Installation of the Cucumber Framework

Cucumber Eclipse plugin, Adding the Maven Project dependencies, Creating a project structure, creating a Feature, formatting and execution of Feature Files

Step Definitions & Code Binding

Creating our Test Classes, Using prototype step definitions, fixing errors for executing feature files, creating step definition Methods, expanding Methods with Parameters

Deconstructing Step Definitions and Regular Expressions

Step Definition syntax, using Regular Expressions

Extending the code

Scenario Outline, In-line Step Table Iterating, using multiple annotations for one Method, re-using Methods for more than one Scenario

Running the Cucumber Tests

Using Cucumber, creating a JUnit Runner Class, Using Tags, Command-line execution, Results & Reporting

Integrating Cucumber into the POM

Using Cucumber & WebDriver under the Page Object Model. Using Base Classes & Inheritance, Command line execution

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