cucumber_priority Tests

Overridable step definitions for Cucumber

Cucumber raises an error if more than one step definitions match a step.

This gem provides a way to mark step definitions as overridable, meaning that they can always be overshadowed by a more specific version without raising an error.


Marking step definitions as overridable

To mark a step definition as overridable, call #overridable on the definition object:

Given /^there is a movie with a (.*?) tone$/ do

Given /^there is a movie with a funny tone$/ do

The following step will now no longer raise Cucumber::Ambiguous:

Given there is a movie with a funny tone

If a step matches more than one non-overridable steps, Cucumber will still raise Cucumber::Ambiguous.

Defining priorities

You can define priorities for overridable steps by passing an numeric :priority option to #overridable:

Given /^there is a movie with a (.*?) tone$/ do
end.overridable(priority: 1)

Given /^there is a movie with a (sad|upbeat|disturbing) tone$/ do
end.overridable(priority: 5)

A higher priority wins the match.

A non-overridable step will always win over an overridable step regardless of its priority.

Supported Cucumber versions

cucumber_priority is tested against Cucumber 1.3, 2.4, 3.0 and 3.1.


In your Gemfile say:

gem 'cucumber_priority'

Now run bundle install and restart your server.


There are tests in spec. We only accept PRs with tests. To run tests:

  • Install Ruby 2.5.3
  • Install development dependencies using bundle install
  • Run tests using bundle exec rspec

We recommend to test large changes against multiple versions of Ruby and multiple dependency sets. Supported combinations are configured in .github/workflows/test.yml. We provide some rake tasks to help with this:

  • Install development dependencies using bundle matrix:install
  • Run tests using bundle matrix:spec

Note that we have configured GitHub Actions to automatically run tests in all supported Ruby versions and dependency sets after each push. We will only merge pull requests after a green workflow build.

If you would like to contribute:

  • Fork the repository.
  • Push your changes with passing specs.
  • Send us a pull request.

I'm very eager to keep this gem leightweight and on topic. If you're unsure whether a change would make it into the gem talk to me beforehand.


Henning Koch from makandra