Code Quality Rank: L4
Programming language: Java
License: BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
Tags: Testing    
Latest version: v4.6.3

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JBehave is a BDD framework for Java and all JVM languages (Groovy, Kotlin, Ruby, Scala).


Canonical information for JBehave:

  1. Web Site.
  2. Stable Reference.
  3. User mailing list
  4. Search Maven

Contributing and Developing

Please report issues, feature requests on JIRA or discuss them on the dev mailing list.

Keep an eye on the Github Actions server for JBehave builds.

JDK Version

At compile-time, JDK 11 is required to build JBehave modules

At runtime, end users can use JDK 8 or above in their own projects that use JBehave for testing.


Maven version required to build: 3.6 or above (while tested with 3.6.x it may also work with previous 3.x versions)

Some additional setup may be required to build the


Configure IDE to use UTF-8 for all files Configure Maven by adding "-Dfile.encoding=UTF-8" to $MAVEN_OPTS

IDE Integration

Maven is supported in all major IDEs, including Intellij IDEA and Eclipse.


The first time you run the Maven build, do:

mvn install -s settings.xml

After that, it is necessary to only do the following:

mvn install

Maven Build Profiles

  • default: builds all releasable modules
  • examples: builds all headless examples
  • gui: builds examples that require a GUI (i.e. non-headless) mode (separated as they do not run on CI.
  • nt: no-test, builds skipping unit-test behaviors

Maven Build Profiles used during release cycle

  • reporting: builds reports
  • distribution: builds distribution (documentation)

Note: profiles are additive and the default profile is always active.

Example Profile Usages

Build Core and all Examples

mvn install -Pexamples

Build with Reporting and Distribution

mvn install -Preporting,distribution

Building a Release with Maven

mvn release:prepare -Preporting,distribution
mvn release:perform -Preporting,distribution

Related JBehave projects

See also:


See LICENSE.txt in the source root (BSD).

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the JBehave README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.