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BDD: Cucumber And Test Complete – Overview

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Are you looking to explore BDD with Testcomplete in windows 10 using IntelliJ? Then, here is all that you need to know.

We scrounged through the internet to find information on end-to-end implementation setup but barely found any. Hence, the inspiration comes from the lack of reliable and comprehensive documents or videos for reference.

What is BDD?

Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) is a software development methodology in which an application is specified and designed by describing how its behavior should appear to an outside observer. It differs by being written in a shared language, for example, English, which improves communication between tech and non-tech teams and stakeholders. In this, tests are written ahead of a code, but in BDD, tests are more user focussed and based on the system’s behavior.

Benefits of using BDD:

  • You are no longer defining ‘test’, but are defining ‘behaviour’
  • Better communication between developers, testers and product owners.
  • Being non-technical in nature, it can reach wider people

The ‘Given-When-Then’ formula BDD example

Given a certain scenario

When an action takes place

Then this should be the outcome

What is Cucumber?

Cucumber is a test framework that supports BDD. In cucumber, the BDD specifications are written in plain, simple English which is defined by the Gherkin language. In other words, Gherkin is a language that Cucumber understands.

  • Cucumber supports different languages like Java, .net, and Ruby.
  • It serves the purpose of end-to-end test framework, unlike other tools.
  • Due to simple test script architecture, code reusability is achieved.

What is TestComplete?

Test Complete is an automated testing environment for a wide range of application types and technologies. It provides superior support for daily regression and testing and supports another testing like data-driven testing, distributed testing and others.

You create tests by recording them or editing test commands in Test Complete panels and editors. Tests can be run from within Test Complete or they can be exported to an external application and run there.

Test Complete recognizes objects and controls in tested applications. It also offers specific checkpoints that let you easily verify the application state during the test run.

Installation Tools for Cucumber with Test Complete Integration:


IntelliJ IDEA is a special programming environment for integrated development environment (IDE) largely meant for JAVA. This environment is used especially for the development of programs.

You can download the IntelliJ IDEA from below link provided:

Test Complete

Though Test Complete is a paid version. You can download the trial version for 30 days in below link which has all features of Test Complete.


Maven is a software project management tool, based on the concept of a project object model (POM). It can manage a project’s build, reporting, and documentation. Using maven we can build and manage any Java based project.

POM is the fundamental unit of work in Maven. It is an XML file, where you can add n number of dependencies. Here I have provided the required dependencies for Cucumber and Test Complete Integration.














Test Complete Jar

To integrate Intellij with Test Complete, You will need to add Test Complete Jar file in lib Folder in Intellij. And you can download it from here,

Jacob Jar

JAVA-COM Bridge that allows you to call COM Automation components from Java.

You can download it from below provided link:

For further information, please watch the video below:

We will see IntelliJ setups and how to create step-definitions in the next blog.

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