Human friendly unit testing for C++11

Bandit is a framework for C++11 that wants to make working with unit tests a pleasant experience.

Bandit is released under the MIT license

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An example

This is a complete test application written in bandit:

#include <bandit/bandit.h>
using namespace bandit;

    describe("fuzzbox:", [](){
      guitar_ptr guitar;
      fuzzbox_ptr fuzzbox;

        guitar = guitar_ptr(new struct guitar());
        fuzzbox = fuzzbox_ptr(new struct fuzzbox());

      it("starts in clean mode", [&](){
        AssertThat(guitar->sound(), Equals(sounds::clean));

      describe("in distorted mode", [&](){

        it("sounds distorted", [&](){
          AssertThat(guitar->sound(), Equals(sounds::distorted));

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
  return bandit::run(argc, argv);


Bandit is header only so there is no need for additional compilation before you can start using it. Download bandit and add its root directory to your project’s include directories and you’re ready to go.


Bandit has been tested with the following compilers:

  • GCC ≥ 4.5
  • Clang ≥ 3.2
  • MSVC ≥ 2012

If you want to see if bandit works for your compiler, bandit is shipped with a cmake project for generating bandit’s self tests. Let us know how it goes.

If your compiler doesn’t support the C++11 features required by Bandit, we suggest that you take a look at Igloo, which is built on the same philosophy but works without C++11.