Using RSpec in Rails Applications
Using RSpec in Rails application requires rspec-rails gem to be added to your project. In doing so the dependent
rspec gem is added to the project automatically. When the rspec-rails gem is added, the corresponding generator
rspec:install appears in the list of available generators.
IntelliJ IDEA supports rspec-rails gem version 2.12.0 and later.
When RSpec support is enabled in a Rails application, IntelliJ IDEA provides:
Generation of RSpec testing infrastructure.
RSpec-specific code completion:
- RSpec run/debug configuration
Depending on your particular version of Rails, different workflows are possible. If you are using Rails 3.0 and later, it is recommended to use the bundler and specify rspec-rails gem in the Gemfile. Thus, IntelliJ IDEA suggests the following workflow:
To use rspec, follow these general steps
Make sure that the required gems are installed.
In the Gemfile, add the following line:
Generate the RSpec testing infrastructure. To do that, pressAlt+Insert, chooseon the popup menu, start typing the
rspecgenerator name, and choose
rspec:installfrom the list:
In the Setup RSpec Support dialog, specify the generator options. The respective script is executed, and displays its output in the console tab of the Run tool window.
Generate the test templates same way as the other Rails application elements.
Run or debug your spec.
If you are using the bundler, make sure that in the RSpec run/debug configuration the checkbox Run the script in context of the bundle is selected.
Note that you can execute all tests in a folder, specific test script, or individual examples in a script.
To execute all tests in a folder, in the Project tool window right-click the folder that contains specs, and choosefrom the context menu.
To execute a test script, right-click the spec in the Project tool window, or open this spec in the editor and right-click somewhere outside individual examples. Then choose. from the context menu.
To execute an individual example, open the desired spec in the editor, right-click the example to be executed, and choose.