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TestNG Tutorials 60: Dependency in TestNG – Creating Dependency Among Test Methods – DependsOnMethod

We are going to see another important concept or feature provided by TestNG. This feature is called as Dependency.

Suppose, we need to post a status on Facebook. Let’s write a Test Case for it:

Step 1: Launch browser.

Step 2: Launch Facebook url.

Step 3: Create an account on Facebook.

Step 4: Post a status.

In above test case, Step 4 is what matters. But to get Step 4 to execute, we have three pre steps which need to be executed first in order. Step 1 is not an actual part of functionality testing. It provides a platform to test functionality. So we can keep Step 1 in @Before annotated steps. But Step 2, Step 3 and Step 4 are part of Test. We should keep them under @Test annotation. So Step 2 and Step 3 must be executed first before Step 4. We can achieve this using “priority” concept of TestNG.

There is another way of achieving this as well which is called Dependency. TestNG provides an attribute named “dependsOnMethods”. Using this attribute we can mention a method name or a list of methods with @Test annotation, on which your test method is dependent.

In above test case, Step 4 is dependent on Step 2 and Step 3. Step 2 should execute first followed by Step 3 and then Step 4. If we mention all dependent method names in Step 4, TestNG cannot guarantee of execution of Step 2 and Step 3 in order. So we will use multilevel dependency here.

An example is below:


[RemoteTestNG] detected TestNG version 6.14.2
browser Launched.
Facebook URL loaded.
Register on Facebook.
Post an status on Facebook.
PASSED: loadFacebookURL
PASSED: registerOnFacebook
PASSED: postStatusOnFacebook

    Default test
    Tests run: 3, Failures: 0, Skips: 0

Default suite
Total tests run: 3, Failures: 0, Skips: 0

You can see that using multilevel dependency we created linear dependency and executed test in a order. We will see more concept in Dependency.

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Author: Amod Mahajan

My name is Amod Mahajan and I am an IT employee with 6+ years of experience in Software testing and staying in Bengaluru. My area of interest is Automation testing. I started from basics and went through so many selenium tutorials. Thanks to Mukesh Otwani as his tutorials are easy and cover basics to advance. I have habit of exploring concepts by deep diving. I used to make notes. I thought of sharing my knowledge through posts and now I am here. #KeepLearning #ShareLearning

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TestNG Tutorials 60: Dependency in TestNG – Creating Dependency Among Test Methods – DependsOnMethod

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