1. very good article. I was also looking for the same solutions. I tried with the approach, but I am getting an error with the below exception.

    java.lang.IllegalStateException: Unable to find a @SpringBootConfiguration, you need to use @ContextConfiguration or @SpringBootTest(classes=…) with your test

    1. Author

      Are you trying the same code or your own? Check which test class you’re running (the one with @RunWith(Cucumber.class)) and the class annotations (the steps’ parent class is annotated with @SpringBootTest).

  2. its my own code with the same approach that you talked about. I am running the test class with @RunWith(Cucumber.class)

    below is how my step’s parent class looks like.

    @SpringBootTest(webEnvironment = SpringBootTest.WebEnvironment.RANDOM_PORT)

    public class AbstractDefs {

    I had used the same dependencies that you had mentioned.

    1. Author

      I think I know what might be happening, I just reproduced that exception by removing the annotation @SpringBootApplication from the code’s main class (in my case SpringBootCucumberApplication). Check that your code (your main code, not the tests) has a proper configuration (e.g. are you missing the annotation?). Does the application start? If it does, then it might be that some configuration is overridden while running the tests.


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