Supporting a new test framework


ApprovalTests.cpp is designed to work with multiple C++ test frameworks.

If your test framework is not already supported, this section offers help to add that support.

Test Framework Requirements

ApprovalTests.cpp can be made to work with any test framework that supplies the following:

  • The current test’s name

  • The current test’s full source file path (with correct case of filename)

  • Ability to report unexpected exceptions as test failures, including reporting the text in exception.what(), and ideally also the exception type.

  • Ability to return a non-zero exit status from the test program if there were any unexpected exceptions.

Steps to add support

  • Provide some code to add to the test’s main() function, to listen out for the running of test cases

  • Give that code a TestName instance, that will store information about the test being executed

  • As each test case starts, update the TestName instance with details of the source file name, and test case name

  • Add a call to ApprovalTests::FrameworkIntegrations::setTestPassedNotification() so that the test framework is aware that a check has been executed

  • Ideally, provide a mechanism (such as a macro) that makes it easy for users to use this code in their own tests


This is perhaps best understood by reviewing the implementations for frameworks that are already supported - see /ApprovalTests/integrations/.

Adding new framework to documentation

  1. Add a new file about the customisation, such as

  2. Record the new framework support in:

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