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Mocha vs JBehave comparison of testing frameworks
What are the differences between Mocha and JBehave?


Programming language




Unit Testing, Intergration Testing, End-to-End Testing

Acceptance Testing

General info

Mocha is a widely used JavaScript test framework for Node.js

Mocha is a simple, flexible and the one of the widely adopted JS test framework. Mocha usually runs tests serially which enables the accurate reporting. Also it's useful for asynchronous testing, and provides various king of test reports. Spec is default test reporter for mocha, there are many test reports like Nyan, Dot matrix, Tap, Landing strip, List and Progress. Mocha is being used with many other test frameworks like Selenium WebDriver,, wd and Cypress

JBehave is a Behaviour-Driven Development testing framework for java

JBehave is a Behaviour Driven Development framework. It intends to provide an intuitive and accessible way for automated acceptance testing
Set of frameworks originating from SUnit (Smalltalk's testing framework). They share similar structure and functionality.


It has an XUnit reporter available which outputs an XUnit-compatible XML document, often applicable in CI servers.


Allows testing code execution on the client, such as a web browser


Mocha Runs in the browser and is used widely to test front-end components and functionality. It can test various DOM elements, front-end functions and so on.


You can test front-end behaviour (scenarios) with JBehave
Allows testing the bahovior of a server-side code


Mocha provides convenient ways of testing the Node server.It works well with Chai (an assertion library) where it provides the environment for writing server-side tests while we write the tests with Chai

JBehave tests scenarios and behaviours of components, it can test back-end behaviour
Allows defining a fixed, specific states of data (fixtures) that are test-local. This ensures specific environment for a single test

Mocha provides the hooks before(), after(), beforeEach(), and afterEach() to set up preconditions and clean up after your tests


You have a few options for using fixtures in JBehave: you can run your steps before/after each scenario by using LifeCycle: you can use @BeforeStory and @AfterStory annotations or you can define a dummy scenario with your setup/teardown steps
Group fixtures
Allows defining a fixed, specific states of data for a group of tests (group-fixtures). This ensures specific environment for a given group of tests.


Mocha allows grouping of fixtures


You can define group fixtures with JBehave
Supports data generators for tests. Data generators generate input data for test. The test is then run for each input data produced in this way.


Licence type governing the use and redistribution of the software

MIT License

BSD-style license

Mocks are objects that simulate the behavior of real objects. Using mocks allows testing some part of the code in isolation (with other parts mocked when needed)

Provides Mocking capabilities through third party libraries like sinon.js, simple-mock and nock

The best way to mock is to use third party libraries like Mockito, Jmock or Jmockit
Allows organizing tests in groups


Grouping is supported and is accomplished by the using a nested 'describe()'


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