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go test/testing vs Guage comparison of testing frameworks
What are the differences between go test/testing and Guage?

go test/testing

Programming language




Unit Testing

Acceptance Testing

General info

go test is an inbuilt tool/command for conducting automated tests in Golang while testing is the inbuilt testing library

Testing is the package that is shipped with go and combines with the go test command to provide a minimal but complete testing experience

Gauge is a light-weight cross-platform test automation tool for writing acceptance tests.

Gauge is a free and open source framework for writing and running acceptance tests. Some of its key features include: -Simple, flexible and rich syntax based on Markdown.; -Consistent cross platform/language support for writing test code.; -A modular architecture with plugins support.
Set of frameworks originating from SUnit (Smalltalk's testing framework). They share similar structure and functionality.


However there are Plugins such as convert the output of Go testing library into xUnit format


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


Yes it can be used effectively for front-end testing


You can test front-end behaviour by creating testing specifications to test front-end behaviour
Allows testing the bahovior of a server-side code


Yes, it is used by developers for end-to-end testing so the back-end can be tested easily as well


You can test back-end behaviour by creating testing specifications to 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


Yes it's straightforward in that first when you run 'go test' for packages in the scope the test will be executed with its working directory set to the source directory of the package being tested. Second the 'go test' tool will ignore any directory in your $GOPATH that starts with the word 'testdata' , starts with a period or an underscore

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.


Group fixtures can be done following a similar procedure as a single fixture

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.


They are available by importing a package called 'gotests' (


Licence type governing the use and redistribution of the software

MIT License

GNU General Public License v3.0

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)


By use of a third party library GoMock which intergrates well with the testing library


You can create mocks using third party libraries like moq
Allows organizing tests in groups


The short answer is yes, by use of table tests which are a great way of performing multiple I/O tests on a function or behaviour with minimal code


You can create test suites with Gauge which can be run using multiple parameters.
Other useful information about the testing framework