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Rails Generate system_test

Reference & Command Builder

Published: 2023-05-11
Author: Harrison Broadbent
Type: Reference & Command Builder

Rails Generate System Test

Rails Generate System Test (rails g system_test) is the generator for System Tests (...duh). System tests (sometimes also called acceptance tests) run in a browser and simuluate user interactions with your app. Typically these use Capybara under the hood.

A freshly generated system test will look like this —

require "application_system_test_case"
class UsersTest < ApplicationSystemTestCase
  # test "visiting the index" do
  #   visit users_url
  #   assert_selector "h1", text: "Users"
  # end

Note that if you're using RSpec for your tests, you want to use the rspec:system generator, not system_test. This system test generator is for creating Test::Unit system tests.

Command Builder for rails g system_test

rails g system_test 

System Test Name

Generator Options

Runtime Options

# Command Options
❯ rails g system_test

  rails generate system_test NAME [options]

  [--skip-namespace], [--no-skip-namespace]              # Skip namespace (affects only isolated engines)
  [--skip-collision-check], [--no-skip-collision-check]  # Skip collision check
  [--system-tests=NAME]                                  # System tests to be invoked

Runtime options:
  -f, [--force]                    # Overwrite files that already exist
  -p, [--pretend], [--no-pretend]  # Run but do not make any changes
  -q, [--quiet], [--no-quiet]      # Suppress status output
  -s, [--skip], [--no-skip]        # Skip files that already exist

# Command Description
    Generates a new system test. Pass the name of the test, either
    CamelCased or under_scored, as an argument.

    This generator invokes the current system tool, which defaults to

    `bin/rails generate system_test GeneralStories` creates a GeneralStories
    system test in test/system/general_stories_test.rb