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Google Test for C++ testing

Google Test is one of the available Frameworks to create unit test for C++. In this example I will use CMake to configure the project and build. Furthermore, for the dependency manager I will use the new and shiny conan.

Before starting, why use a dependency manager such as conan or software to configure and build such as CMake? Because these technologies are widely use it in real projects.

All the code and configuration files used in this post are available in this repo in GitHub.

Step 1 Install conan, configure project and gather dependencies

First of all we need to have install conan from pip2 doing:

pip2 install conan

Now with conan installed we do not have to worry about installing Google Test in our system.

Next step will be preparing the conanfile.txt to gather de dependencies:




Once we have conan ready we only need to run it to download the dependency and configure them to have them ready for CMake:

conan install .

This will output something similar to:

WARN: Migration: Updating settings.yml with new gcc versions
    Package for gtest/1.7.0@lasote/stable in
    Generated conaninfo.txt
Generated conanbuildinfo.cmake

Step 2 configuring CMake

The configuration will be done in the CMakeLists.txt file:

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8)


ADD_EXECUTABLE(run_test src/test.cpp)

Step 3 code and unit test

The code will be held in the src folder. It will contain two files: functions.h and test.cpp.

The function(s) we want to test will be in the header file function.h:

int int_addition(int a, int b) {
            int c = a + b;
            return c;

The test(s) we want to run will be in the source file test.cpp:

#include "gtest/gtest.h"
#include "functions.h"

TEST(IntAddition, Negative) {
            EXPECT_EQ(-5, int_addition(-2, -3)) << "This will be shown in case it fails";
            EXPECT_EQ(-3, int_addition(5, -8));

TEST(IntAddition, Positive) {
            EXPECT_EQ(4, int_addition(1, 3));
            EXPECT_EQ(9, int_addition(4, 5));

int main(int argc, char **argv) {
            testing::InitGoogleTest(&argc, argv);
            return RUN_ALL_TESTS();

Step 4 putting all together

What is left to do is actually build the project and run the test. In order to do this we need to run:

cmake .

This will output something similar to:

-- The C compiler identification is GNU 5.3.0
-- The CXX compiler identification is GNU 5.3.0
-- Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/cc
-- Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/cc -- works
-- Detecting C compiler ABI info
-- Detecting C compiler ABI info - done
-- Detecting C compile features
-- Detecting C compile features - done
-- Check for working CXX compiler: /usr/bin/c++
-- Check for working CXX compiler: /usr/bin/c++ -- works
-- Detecting CXX compiler ABI info
-- Detecting CXX compiler ABI info - done
-- Detecting CXX compile features
-- Detecting CXX compile features - done
-- Configuring done
-- Generating done
-- Build files have been written to: /home/maitesin/workspace/blog/google_test_2015_12_22

There will be now a Makefile generated from CMake with everything ready to compile and link all the sources and dependencies together.


This will output something like:

Scanning dependencies of target run_test
[ 50%] Building CXX object CMakeFiles/run_test.dir/src/test.cpp.o
[100%] Linking CXX executable bin/run_test
[100%] Built target run_test

This will generate an executable in the bin folder, and we will be able to run them with the command:


This will result with the following output:

[==========] Running 2 tests from 1 test case.
[----------] Global test environment set-up.
[----------] 2 tests from IntAddition
[ RUN      ] IntAddition.Negative
[       OK ] IntAddition.Negative (0 ms)
[ RUN      ] IntAddition.Positive
[       OK ] IntAddition.Positive (0 ms)
[----------] 2 tests from IntAddition (0 ms total)

[----------] Global test environment tear-down
[==========] 2 tests from 1 test case ran. (0 ms total)
[ PASSED ] 2 tests.

More advanced example

These are the basics of how to use Google Test to create unit test for your application. In the website of the project there are plenty of more advanced examples.

Finally, if you want to see how is used Google Test in one of my own project you can have a look to the repository tries. For each of the three data structures (Trie, TST and Radix Tree) there are two folders: lib (where the source code of the data structure is stored) and gtest (where the unit test are stored).