ScalaTest 107: How to mark a test as ‘pending’

Problem: You want to note that a ScalaTest unit test needs to be created, but you’re not ready to write it yet.


Instead of supplying the body of a test method, mark the test as pending. In the ScalaTest TDD style, create a pending test like this:

test ("should allow removal of toppings") (pending)

In the ScalaTest BDD style, create a pending test like this:

it("should allow removal of toppings") (pending)

When your tests are run, pending tests will be printed like this:

[info] - should allow addition of toppings (pending)


When tests are run at the command line with SBT, pending lines are printed in a yellow(ish) color.

Marking tests as pending helps support the TDD style, and it’s a convenient way of saying, “I need to write this test and implement the code behind it, but I haven’t gotten there yet.”

See Also

The Scala Cookbook

This tutorial is sponsored by the Scala Cookbook, which I wrote, and was published by O’Reilly in late 2013:

You can find the Scala Cookbook at these locations:

I hope it has been helpful. All the best, Al.

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