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FitNesse Build Status

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 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 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 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.

    • In IntelliJ set IvyIDEA in "Project Structure" -> "Modules" -> "Dependencies".
    • In Eclipse, install IvyDE and set it up.


    $ ant retrieve

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

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