Solving the 'No Tests Found for Given Includes' Issue: Expert Guide to Fixing Common Test Errors

Are you having trouble with the 'No Tests Found for Given Includes' error while running your tests? This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of identifying and resolving this common issue. We will discuss the possible causes of this error and provide step-by-step solutions to help you overcome this obstacle.

Table of Contents

  1. Understanding the 'No Tests Found for Given Includes' Error
  2. Identifying the Causes
  3. Step-by-Step Solutions
  4. FAQs
  5. Related Resources

Understanding the 'No Tests Found for Given Includes' Error {#understanding-the-error}

The 'No Tests Found for Given Includes' error occurs when your test runner fails to discover any tests to execute. This can be frustrating, especially when you have several tests available in your project. This error can be a result of various reasons, such as incorrect test configurations, file structure, or naming conventions.


Identifying the Causes {#identifying-the-causes}

To effectively resolve the 'No Tests Found for Given Includes' error, it's essential to identify its root cause. Some common causes include:

  1. Incorrect test configurations in your build tool (e.g., Gradle, Maven)
  2. Misconfigured test runner (e.g., JUnit, TestNG)
  3. Improper file structure or naming conventions
  4. Missing or incorrect test annotations


Step-by-Step Solutions {#step-by-step-solutions}

Once you've identified the potential cause of the issue, follow these step-by-step solutions to resolve the 'No Tests Found for Given Includes' error.

Step 1: Verify Test Configurations

Ensure that your build tool is correctly configured to run the tests. For example, in a Gradle project, the test task should be configured as follows:

test {


In a Maven project, ensure that the Surefire plugin is configured correctly in your pom.xml file:



Step 2: Check Test Runner Configuration

Verify that your test runner (e.g., JUnit, TestNG) is set up correctly. Ensure that you have the appropriate dependencies in your build.gradle or pom.xml file. In addition, check for any misconfigurations in your test runner's settings.

Step 3: Review File Structure and Naming Conventions

Ensure that your test files follow the correct naming conventions and are placed in the appropriate directories. By default, most test runners expect the test files to be placed in a src/test/java directory and follow the * or Test*.java naming pattern.


Step 4: Check Test Annotations

Verify that your test methods are annotated correctly, e.g., with @Test for JUnit or @org.testng.annotations.Test for TestNG. Additionally, ensure that any necessary setup or teardown methods are annotated with the appropriate annotations, such as @BeforeEach or @AfterEach.

FAQs {#faqs}

1. Can I change the default test file naming pattern? {#faq1}

Yes, most test runners allow you to configure the naming pattern for test files. For example, with JUnit, you can configure the naming pattern in your build tool, like so:

test {
  include '**/*CustomPattern*.java'
2. How can I see which tests are being executed? {#faq2}

You can enable test logging in your build tool to see which tests are being executed. For example, with Gradle, you can add the following to your build.gradle file:

test {
  testLogging {
    events "passed", "skipped", "failed"
3. Can I run a single test instead of running all tests? {#faq3}

Yes, most build tools allow you to execute a single test or a specific set of tests. With Gradle, you can use the --tests flag, like so:

./gradlew test --tests com.example.MyTestClass
4. What if my tests are still not being discovered? {#faq4}

If your tests are still not being discovered, double-check your build tool, test runner, file structure, and naming conventions. Additionally, consider consulting the documentation for your specific build tool and test runner for further guidance.

5. Can I use multiple test runners in a single project? {#faq5}

Yes, it is possible to use multiple test runners in a single project. However, you will need to ensure that your build tool and test runner configurations are set up correctly to support multiple test runners.

  1. Gradle - Java Testing
  2. Maven - Surefire Plugin
  3. JUnit 5 User Guide
  4. TestNG Documentation

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