How to write Gherkin scripts – A straightforward example

A screenshot from a video explaining how to write Gherkin scripts.

Today we will take you through step-by-step how to successfully write and execute durable test scenarios using the Gherkin syntax, using the payment pathway of an eCommerce website as a straightforward example. If you have not set up your environment to allow you to use Cucumber and Gherkin for testing, be sure to follow our setup guide.

Gherkin is a plain-text, business-readable language that is designed to be easily understandable by non-programmers. It is most commonly used to define regression testing or test automation, or define business cases in the case of a new feature or functionality within a system.

Writing your test scenarios in Gherkin correctly is essential to getting the right results. Writing them like how I will show you in this video is in an investment in the beginning. But, it will ultimately save you time because you’ll have clearly-defined processes that will make it much easier to branch off to other scenarios and create more test cases later on.

If you have give it a try and still don’t think you can create reliable test scenarios for your tests, then get in touch with us and we can help you setup a test automation suite.

Have a look at the 3 most common mistakes when writing Gherkin features to make sure you don’t develop bad habits. Interested in learning more about Cucumber and Gherkin? We’ve got a lot of articles that you will find useful.

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Written by: Gijs Paulides

Gijs is the lead developer and product owner of He has a background in functional testing, automated testing and developping in multiple different programming languages.

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