Gherkin Behavior-Driven Development (BDD)

Writing Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) test cases is easy. Zephyr Scale allows you to create a BDD test case in Jira and export it to a feature file. The feature file can be used as a reference for writing unit tests that are necessary for it to run.

BDD test cases are written in Gherkin syntax. Here is a list of supported and not supported keywords:


Supported keywords such as Given, When, and Then are highlighted as you type your test case.

Creating a BDD Gherkin Script

  • Open a test case, and click the Test Script tab.

  • Select BDD - Gherkin from the Type dropdown. The Gherkin editor appears.

  • Write your test case. Remember not to include Feature or Scenario.

  • Click Save when you are finished, and close the test case.

  • Select Export Feature Files (BDD - Gherkin) from More to download the feature file for your new test case (or the selected test cases).

  • The zip file downloads to your computer. Developers using your company’s supported BDD tool can reference this information when writing automated tests related to the test case.

Publication date: