In this tutorial, we will create some tests in Cucumber/Gherkin, using SpecFlow and C# and we'll import the results to Xray to have visibility of the test results.

Please note

There are some possible workflows related with Cucumber.

In this tutorial, we assume that the the tests (specification) are initially created in Jira as a Cucumber Tests and exported afterwards using the UI or the REST API; that's what we call the "standard" workflow.

If you prefer to manage the .feature and respective Scenarios outside of Jira, like in your own local dev environment/IDE or in Git/SVN, then you'll need to synchronize the specification to Jira as depicted in our VCS based workflow.

More info in Testing in BDD with Gherkin based frameworks (e.g. Cucumber).


  • Install SpecFlow and the SpecFlow+ Runner 1.7.2 or newer along with the msbuild helper package; If you're using Visual Studio, just go to NuGet's Console  (Tools | NuGet Package Manager | Package Manager Console)
    • Install-Package SpecRun.SpecFlow
    • Install-Package SpecRun.SpecRun

    • Install-Package SpecFlow.Tools.MsBuild.Generation

      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
        <package id="Newtonsoft.Json" version="9.0.1" targetFramework="net452" />
        <package id="SpecFlow" version="2.3.2" targetFramework="net452" />
        <package id="SpecFlow.Tools.MsBuild.Generation" version="2.3.2" targetFramework="net452" />
        <package id="SpecRun.Runner" version="1.7.2" targetFramework="net452" />
        <package id="SpecRun.SpecFlow" version="1.7.2" targetFramework="net452" />
        <package id="SpecRun.SpecFlow.2-3-0" version="1.7.2" targetFramework="net452" />
        <package id="System.ValueTuple" version="4.3.0" targetFramework="net452" />
  • Use the CucumberJson.cshtml report template provided in this page


In this tutorial, we detail more extensively the standard Cucumber workflow (more info in Testing in BDD with Gherkin based frameworks (e.g. Cucumber)), where Xray/Jira is used as the master of information, i.e. the place where you edit/manage your Cucumber Scenarios.

An alternate approach would be using your IDE, or the feature files persisted in Git for example, as the master of information. In that case, the workflow is a bit different as we'll mention ahead.

Using Xray and Jira to manage the Scenario specification

In this use case, Cucumber Tests are written in Jira using Xray of type "Scenario" or "Scenario Outline", in Jira.


You can export the specification of the tests to a Cucumber .feature file via the REST API or the Export to Cucumber UI action from within the Test Execution issue.

The created file will be similar to the following one.

Feature: Sum Operation
	#In order to avoid silly mistake
	#As a math idiot
	#I want to be told the sum of two numbers

	Scenario Outline: Add two positive numbers
			Given I have entered <input_1> into the calculator
			And I have also entered <input_2> into the calculator
			When I press <button>
			Then the result should be <output> on the screen
			    | input_1 | input_2 | button | output |
			    | 20      | 30      | add    | 50     |
			    | 2       | 5       | add    | 7      |
			    | 0       | 40      | add    | 40     | 
			    | 4       | 50      | add    | 54     | 
			    | 5       | 50      | add    | 55     | 	

	Scenario: add two numbers
			Given I have entered 50 into the calculator
			And I have also entered 70 into the calculator
			When I press add
			Then the result should be 120 on the screen	

	Scenario Outline: add two negative numbers
		Given I have entered <input_1> into the calculator
		And I have also entered <input_2> into the calculator
		When I press <button>
		Then the result should be <output> on the screen
			| input_1 | input_2 | button | output |
			| -1      | -2      | add    | -3     |
			| 1       | -1      | add    | 0      |

The actual step implementation code lives outside of Jira. Thus, you have to make the implementation for each step/sentence.

using System;
using TechTalk.SpecFlow;
using Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.UnitTesting;
using UnitTestProject1;

namespace UnitTestProject1
    public class CalculatorSteps
        private int result;
        private Calculator calculator = new Calculator();

        [Given(@"I have entered (.*) into the calculator")]
        public void GivenIHaveEnteredIntoTheCalculator(int number)
            calculator.FirstNumber = number;

        [Given(@"I have also entered (.*) into the calculator")]
        public void GivenIHaveAlsoEnteredIntoTheCalculator(int number)
            calculator.SecondNumber = number;

        [When(@"I press add")]
        public void WhenIPressAdd()
            result = calculator.Add();

        [Then(@"the result should be (.*) on the screen")]
        public void ThenTheResultShouldBeOnTheScreen(int expectedResult)
            Assert.AreEqual(expectedResult, result);

Before compiling and running the tests, you have to use a proper SpecFlow report template file in order to generate a valid Cucumber JSON report and you have to configure the test profile to use it.

@inherits TechTalk.SpecRun.Framework.Reporting.CustomTemplateBase<TestRunResult>
@using System
@using System.Collections.Generic
@using System.Linq
@using System.Globalization
@using Newtonsoft.Json
@using Newtonsoft.Json.Converters
@using TechTalk.SpecRun.Framework
@using TechTalk.SpecRun.Framework.Results
@using TechTalk.SpecRun.Framework.TestSuiteStructure
@using TechTalk.SpecRun.Framework.Tracing
    var serializationSettings = new JsonSerializerSettings
        ReferenceLoopHandling = ReferenceLoopHandling.Ignore,
        Converters = new List<JsonConverter>() { new StringEnumConverter(false) }

    var features = GetTextFixtures()
        .Select(f => new
            description = "",
            elements = (from scenario in f.SubNodes
                        let lastExecutionResult = GetTestItemResult(scenario.GetTestSequence().First()).LastExecutionResult()
                        select new
                            description = "",
                            id = "",
                            keyword = "Scenario",
                            line = scenario.Source.SourceLine + 1,
                            name = scenario.Title,
                            tags = scenario.Tags.Select(t => new { name = t, line = 1 }),
                            steps = from step in lastExecutionResult.Result.TraceEvents
                                    where IsRelevant(step) && (step.ResultType == TestNodeResultType.Succeeded || step.ResultType == TestNodeResultType.Failed || step.ResultType == TestNodeResultType.Pending)
                                    && (step.Type == TraceEventType.Test || step.Type == TraceEventType.TestAct || step.Type == TraceEventType.TestArrange || step.Type == TraceEventType.TestAssert)
                                    let keyword = step.StepBindingInformation == null ? "" : step.StepBindingInformation.StepInstanceInformation == null ? "" : step.StepBindingInformation.StepInstanceInformation.Keyword
                                    let matchLocation = step.StepBindingInformation == null ? "" : step.StepBindingInformation.MethodName
                                    let name = step.StepBindingInformation == null ? "" : step.StepBindingInformation.Text
                                    let cucumberStatus = step.ResultType == TestNodeResultType.Succeeded ? "Passed" : step.ResultType.ToString()
                                    select new
                                        keyword = keyword,
                                        line = 0,
                                        match = new
                                            location = matchLocation
                                        name = name,
                                        result = new
                                            duration = step.Duration.TotalMilliseconds,
                                            error_message = step.StackTrace,
                                            status = cucumberStatus
                            type = "scenario"
            id = "",
            keyword = "Feature",
            line = f.Source.SourceLine + 1,
            tags = f.Tags.Select(t => new { name = t, line = 1 }),
            name = f.Title,
            uri = f.Source.SourceFile
@Raw(JsonConvert.SerializeObject(features, Formatting.Indented, serializationSettings))
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<TestProfile xmlns="http://www.specflow.org/schemas/plus/TestProfile/1.5">
  <Settings projectName="UnitTestProject1" projectId="{5359f4fc-ee65-45b2-bb4e-5c0255b88806}" />
  <Execution stopAfterFailures="3" testThreadCount="1" testSchedulingMode="Sequential" />
  <!-- For collecting by a SpecRun server update and enable the following element. For using the 
      collected statistics, set testSchedulingMode="Adaptive" attribute on the <Execution> element.
    <Server serverUrl="http://specrunserver:6365" publishResults="true" />
      <!-- sample config transform to change the connection string-->
      <!--<ConfigFileTransformation configFile="App.config">
          <![CDATA[<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
							<configuration xmlns:xdt="http://schemas.microsoft.com/XML-Document-Transform">
                  <add name="MyDatabase" connectionString="Data Source=.;Initial Catalog=MyDatabaseForTesting;Integrated Security=True" 
                       xdt:Locator="Match(name)" xdt:Transform="SetAttributes(connectionString)" />

    <Template name="CucumberJson.cshtml" outputName="data.json"/>

Tests can be run from within the IDE (e.g. Visual Studio) or by the command line; in the later case, make sure to specify the profile name and all the paths properly.

Since there is code-behind file generation, it is required to have the NuGet "SpecFlow.Tools.MsBuild.Generation" package.

msbuild /t:Clean;Rebuild
cd bin\debug
..\..\..\packages\SpecRun.Runner.1.7.2\tools\SpecRun.exe run Default.srprofile /outputFolder:..\..\..\TestResults
cd ..\..

After running the tests and generating the Cucumber JSON  report (e.g., data.json), it can be imported to Xray via the REST API or the Import Execution Results action within the Test Execution.

curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST -u user:pass --data @"data.json" http://jiraserver.example.com/rest/raven/1.0/import/execution/cucumber

Since the original feature was extracted from a Test Execution, the results will be updated on it (this happens because the .feature file contains the Test Execution's issue key as a tag). 

Please note

If the .feature was created by hand directly on your IDE, or managed elsewhere outside of Jira, and it didn't contain the Test Execution's key, then a brand new Test Execution would be created. This would also happen in case it was extracted using the REST API based on Test/requirement issue keys.

The execution screen details will not only provide information on the overall test run result, but also of each of the examples provided in the Scenario Outline and on the respective steps.

Managing the Scenario specification in your IDE, in Git or in other VCS

In this case you are using your IDE as means to write/edit the Scenarios and eventually persist them in the VCS (e.g. Git, SVN, other) so they can be run during Continuous Integration.

In this case, you'll need to regularly synchronize the specification to Jira as depicted in our VCS based workflow.

We also recommend that the .feature contains some auxiliary tags using the syntax id:xxx in each Scenario/Scenario Outline, to better guarantee that Scenarios are always mapped against the same Tests in Xray.

Before running the Scenarios, in order to produce a Cucumber JSON report that can be properly processed by Xray, we need to use the features extracted from JIRA instead of the ones we edit, because they will contain:

  • tags corresponding to Test issue keys
  • tag corresponding to the related Test Execution key, in case we want to use an existing Test Execution as the criteria to select the Tests to be run
  • tags corresponding to the related requirement(s)

Learn more

Please see Testing in BDD with Gherkin based frameworks (e.g. Cucumber) for an overview on how to use Cucumber based Tests with Xray, and the VCS based workflow for the later example.