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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.


Issues and pull requests are administered at GitHub.


Apache Ant 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 start the FitNesse wiki locally, for example to browse the local version of the User Guide

$ ant run


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.

Working with Eclipse and IntelliJ

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

  1. The Ant build file does some extra things apart from compiling the code.

    • It sets the FitNesse version in a META-INF/FitNesseVersion.txt
    • It copies the dependencies to the lib folder so they can be used by the acceptance tests.

    Perform a

    $ ant post-compile

    to execute those actions. In your IDE it is possible to define "post-compilation" steps. If you set the "post-compile" target from the build file, you won't have any trouble with cleaning, building and executing tests from your IDE.

  2. Apache Ivy is used for dependency management. Your IDE can be set up to support Ivy. Alternatively,

    $ ant retrieve

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

Import FitNesse in Eclipse

  1. Clone the FitNesse Git repository from
  2. Install the IvyDE plugin if you haven't already done so.
  3. Import FitNesse via Project... -> Java -> Java Project from existing Ant Buildfile. It asks from a javac target to use. Just pick any. Make sure both src and test directories are marked as source paths.
  4. Open Properties (right-mouse click). In Java Build Path select Libraries and Add Library.... Select IvyDE. The Main settings are okay by default. On the Settings tab, select ivysettings.xml from the project folder.
  5. While still in the Properties dialog, change the output folders in the Source tab: for the src directory, change it to classes, for the test directory, change it to test-classes. Apply the changes are you're good to go.

Import FitNesse in IntelliJ IDEA (15)

  1. Clone the FitNesse Git repository from
  2. Install the IvyIDEA plugin if you haven't already done so.
  3. From the welcome screen (the one you get when all projects are closed), click Import Project.
  4. Select the folder containing the fitnesse project.
  5. Now the Import project wizard guides you through the import process:
    1. We're not importing from an existing model, so Create project from existing sources.
    2. Give it a name.
    3. IntelliJ finds the src and test folder.
    4. There are no plugins defined, so deselect those. The test-plugin-*.jar files are used for some unit tests.
    5. Everything should look fine in the review screen: one module named fitnesse with a src and a test folder.
    6. Select a JDK. At least Java 7 is required.
    7. Now IntelliJ starts looking for frameworks. It should come up with IvyIDEA.
    8. Finish the wizard. The project should be opened.
  6. We're almost there. The IvyIDEA plugin is not completely configured yet. To fix this open File -> Project Structure... go to Modules:
    1. Select the fitnesse module and set the output path to the classes folder and the test output path to test-classes. This ensures IntelliJ works nicely with the Ant tasks we want to execute as part of the build process.
    2. Select IvyIDEA. Tell it to use Module specific ivy settings and select ivysettings.xml from the project folder.
  7. Open the Ant Build tool, add the projects build.xml file and right click on the post-compile task. Select Execute on -> Before Compilation. Apply the changes are you're good to go.
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