Comparison of C++ unit test frameworks


I know there are already a few questions regarding recommendations for C++ unit test frameworks, but all the answers did not help as they just recommend one of the frameworks but do not provide any information about a (feature) comparison.

I think the most interesting frameworks are CppUnit, Boost and the new Google testing framework. Has anybody done any comparison yet?

2/1/2019 7:09:11 AM

Accepted Answer

See this question for some discussion.

They recommend the articles: Exploring the C++ Unit Testing Framework Jungle, By Noel Llopis. And the more recent: C++ Test Unit Frameworks

I have not found an article that compares googletest to the other frameworks yet.

5/23/2017 12:10:31 PM

A new player is Google Test (also known as Google C++ Testing Framework) which is pretty nice though.

#include <gtest/gtest.h>

TEST(MyTestSuitName, MyTestCaseName) {
    int actual = 1;
    EXPECT_GT(actual, 0);
    EXPECT_EQ(1, actual) << "Should be equal to one";

Main features:

  • Portable
  • Fatal and non-fatal assertions
  • Easy assertions informative messages: ASSERT_EQ(5, Foo(i)) << " where i = " << i;
  • Google Test automatically detects your tests and doesn't require you to enumerate them in order to run them
  • Make it easy to extend your assertion vocabulary
  • Death tests (see advanced guide)
  • SCOPED_TRACE for subroutine loops
  • You can decide which tests to run
  • XML test report generation
  • Fixtures / Mock / Templates...

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