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Welcome to FitNesse, the fully integrated stand-alone acceptance testing framework and wiki.

To get started, check out!

Quick start

Bug tracker

Have a bug or a feature request? Please open a new issue.


Have a question that's not a feature request or bug report? Ask on the mailing list.

Edge builds

The latest stable build of FitNesse can be downloaded here.

Note: the edge Jenkins build produces 2 jars. fitnesse.jar is for use in Maven or Ivy. Users who just want to run FitNesse by itself should download fitnesse-standalone.jar instead of fitnesse.jar.


Check out the FitNesse Story Backlog and Issue Tracking on Pivotal Tracker.


The build.xml and a proper internet connection is sufficient to build FitNesse. The build process will bootstrap itself by downloading Ivy (dependency management) and from there will download the modules required to build and test FitNesse.

To build and run all tests, run the command

$ ant

which builds the all target.


To run the unit tests:

$ ant unit_test

To run the acceptance tests:

$ ant acceptance_tests

There is a second source directory, srcFitServerTests, which contains units tests that test invocation of Fit servers written in Ruby, C++, and .NET. These tests are not run as part of the normal ant test-related targets. When using an IDE, make sure it does not invoke these tests when running the "normal" tests under the src directory.

Direct any questions to the FitNesse yahoo group or to unclebob.

Working with Eclipse and IntelliJ

There are a few things to keep in mind when working from an IDE:

  1. The ant build generates two files from the templates in the "templates" directory:

    • FrontPage.content.txt.template is used to generate FitNesseRoot/FrontPage/context.txt;
    • is used to generate src/fitnesse/

    You can execute

    $ ant all

    to generate those files.

  2. Apache Ivy is used for dependency management. You can either install an Ivy plugin in your preferred IDE or run

    $ ant retrieve

    that will download the dependencies and copy them to lib/, from where your IDE can pick them up.

.NET Support (8/6/2008)

We re-installed the dotnet/.dll and dotnet/.exe files, taking them from the fitnessedotnet release on Sourceforge. This will allow the .NET Acceptance Tests to run right out of this distribution. However, you should consider using FitSharp. See the page FitNesseRoot/FitNesse/DotNet/context.txt for more information.


FitNesse -- The Acceptance Test Wiki


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