Solving the 'No Test Found' Error with Test Runner JUnit 5: A Comprehensive Guide

The Test Runner JUnit 5 is a widely used testing framework for Java applications, and developers often encounter the 'No Test Found' error during their testing process. This guide will provide you with a step-by-step solution to resolve this issue and ensure your tests run smoothly.

Table of Contents

  1. Understanding the 'No Test Found' Error
  2. Step-by-Step Solution
  3. FAQ

Understanding the 'No Test Found' Error

Before diving into the solution, it's essential to understand the root cause of the 'No Test Found' error. This error occurs when JUnit 5 is unable to discover or execute any tests in your project. This could be due to various reasons, such as incorrect test configurations, missing annotations, or incorrect dependencies.

Step-by-Step Solution

Follow these steps to resolve the 'No Test Found' error with Test Runner JUnit 5:

1. Verify Test Dependencies

Ensure you have the correct JUnit 5 dependencies in your project. You should include the junit-jupiter-engine and junit-jupiter-api in your build configuration.

For Maven, add the following dependencies in your pom.xml:


For Gradle, add the following dependencies in your build.gradle:

dependencies {
  testImplementation 'org.junit.jupiter:junit-jupiter-engine:5.8.1'
  testImplementation 'org.junit.jupiter:junit-jupiter-api:5.8.1'

2. Check Test Annotations

Ensure your test classes and methods have the proper JUnit 5 annotations:

  • Use @Test for test methods
  • Use @BeforeEach and @AfterEach for setup and teardown methods
  • Use @BeforeAll and @AfterAll for class-level setup and teardown methods


import org.junit.jupiter.api.BeforeEach;
import org.junit.jupiter.api.Test;

class MyTestClass {
  void setUp() {
    // Your setup code
  void myTestMethod() {
    // Your test code

3. Verify Test Configuration

Make sure your test runner configuration is set to use the JUnit 5 platform. In IntelliJ IDEA, you can configure this by following these steps:

  1. Go to Run > Edit Configurations.
  2. Select your test configuration or create a new one.
  3. Set Test kind to the appropriate option, such as All in package.
  4. Ensure the Use classpath of module field is set to your project's module.
  5. In the JRE field, select the appropriate Java version for your project.
  6. Click OK to save your configuration.

4. Run Tests

After completing the above steps, try running your tests again. If the issue persists, double-check your test configurations and dependencies.


Q1: Can I use JUnit 4 and JUnit 5 together in the same project?

Yes, you can use both JUnit 4 and JUnit 5 in the same project. However, make sure to include the junit-vintage-engine dependency to enable the support for JUnit 4 tests.

Q2: How do I run a specific test method or test class in IntelliJ IDEA?

Right-click on the test method or test class in the Project window or the editor, and then click Run 'testMethodName()' or Run 'testClassName()'.

Q3: Can I use JUnit 5 with older versions of Java like Java 7 or 8?

Yes, JUnit 5 is compatible with Java 8 and later versions. However, some features might not work as expected with older Java versions, and it's recommended to use the latest Java version for the best experience.

Q4: Do I need to use any specific naming convention for my test methods?

While there is no strict naming convention for test methods, it's recommended to use descriptive names that explain the purpose of the test. Common naming conventions include shouldDoSomething or givenX_whenY_thenZ.

Q5: What is the difference between @BeforeEach and @BeforeAll annotations in JUnit 5?

@BeforeEach is used for methods that should be executed before each test method, while @BeforeAll is used for methods that should be executed once before all test methods in the test class. Similarly, @AfterEach is used for methods that should be executed after each test method, and @AfterAll is used for methods that should be executed once after all test methods in the test class.

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