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ogletest is a unit testing framework for Go with the following features:

  • An extensive and extensible set of matchers for expressing expectations.
  • Automatic failure messages; no need to say t.Errorf("Expected %v, got %v"...).
  • Clean, readable output that tells you exactly what you need to know.
  • Built-in support for mocking through the oglemock package.
  • Style and semantics similar to Google Test and Google JS Test.

It integrates with Go's built-in testing package, so it works with the go test command, and even with other types of test within your package. Unlike the testing package which offers only basic capabilities for signalling failures, it offers ways to express expectations and get nice failure messages automatically.


First, make sure you have installed Go 1.0.2 or newer. See here for instructions.

Use the following command to install ogletest and its dependencies, and to keep them up to date:

go get -u


See here for package documentation containing an exhaustive list of exported symbols. Alternatively, you can install the package and then use godoc:


An important part of ogletest is its use of matchers provided by the oglematchers package. See that package's documentation for information on the built-in matchers available, and check out the oglematchers.Matcher interface if you want to define your own.


Let's say you have a function in your package people with the following signature:

// GetRandomPerson returns the name and phone number of Tony, Dennis, or Scott.
func GetRandomPerson() (name, phone string) {

A silly function, but it will do for an example. You can write a couple of tests for it as follows:

package people

import (

// Give ogletest a chance to run your tests when invoked by 'go test'.
func TestOgletest(t *testing.T) { ogletest.RunTests(t) }

// Create a test suite, which groups together logically related test methods
// (defined below). You can share common setup and teardown code here; see the
// package docs for more info.
type PeopleTest struct {}
func init() { ogletest.RegisterTestSuite(&PeopleTest{}) }

func (t *PeopleTest) ReturnsCorrectNames() {
  // Call the function a few times, and make sure it never strays from the set
  // of expected names.
  for i := 0; i < 25; i++ {
    name, _ := GetRandomPerson()
    ogletest.ExpectThat(name, oglematchers.AnyOf("Tony", "Dennis", "Scott"))

func (t *PeopleTest) FormatsPhoneNumbersCorrectly() {
  // Call the function a few times, and make sure it returns phone numbers in a
  // standard US format.
  for i := 0; i < 25; i++ {
    _, phone := GetRandomPerson()
    ogletest.ExpectThat(phone, oglematchers.MatchesRegexp(`^\(\d{3}\) \d{3}-\d{4}$`))

Note that test control functions (RunTests, ExpectThat, and so on) are part of the ogletest package, whereas built-in matchers (AnyOf, MatchesRegexp, and more) are part of the oglematchers library. You can of course use dot imports so that you don't need to prefix each function with its package name:

import (
  . ""
  . ""

If you save the test in a file whose name ends in _test.go, you can run your tests by simply invoking the following in your package directory:

go test

Here's what the failure output of ogletest looks like, if your function's implementation is bad.

[----------] Running tests from PeopleTest
[ RUN      ] PeopleTest.FormatsPhoneNumbersCorrectly
Expected: matches regexp "^\(\d{3}\) \d{3}-\d{4}$"
Actual:   +1 800 555 5555

[  FAILED  ] PeopleTest.FormatsPhoneNumbersCorrectly
[ RUN      ] PeopleTest.ReturnsCorrectNames
Expected: or(Tony, Dennis, Scott)
Actual:   Bart

[  FAILED  ] PeopleTest.ReturnsCorrectNames
[----------] Finished with tests from PeopleTest

And if the test passes:

[----------] Running tests from PeopleTest
[ RUN      ] PeopleTest.FormatsPhoneNumbersCorrectly
[       OK ] PeopleTest.FormatsPhoneNumbersCorrectly
[ RUN      ] PeopleTest.ReturnsCorrectNames
[       OK ] PeopleTest.ReturnsCorrectNames
[----------] Finished with tests from PeopleTest
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