Java – How to make JUnit test cases to run in sequential order


I am using JUnit4.

I have a set of test methods in a test case.

Each test method inserts some records and verify a test result and finally delete the records inserted.

Since the JUnit run in parallel, test methods fail because of some
records present during the execution of previous test method. This
happen only in my colleague machine(Windows 7), not in my machine(Cent
OS 6).

What we need is that the test methods have to pass in all our machines.

I have tried clearing the records in the Setup() method but again it works only on my machine. Is there any option available in JUnit to make the test methods to run in a uniform sequential order ?


Best Solution

MethodSorters is a new class introduced after Junit 4.6 release. This class declared three types of execution order, which can be used in your test cases while executing them.

  1. NAME_ASCENDING(MethodSorters.NAME_ASCENDING) - Sorts the test methods by the method name, in lexicographic order.

  2. JVM(null) - Leaves the test methods in the order returned by the JVM. Note that the order from the JVM my vary from run to run.

  3. DEFAULT(MethodSorter.DEFAULT) - Sorts the test methods in a deterministic, but not predictable, order.


import org.junit.FixMethodOrder;
import org.junit.Test;
import org.junit.runners.MethodSorters;

//Running test cases in order of method names in ascending order

public class OrderedTestCasesExecution {

    public void secondTest() {
        System.out.println("Executing second test");

    public void firstTest() {
        System.out.println("Executing first test");

    public void thirdTest() {
        System.out.println("Executing third test");


Executing first test
Executing second test
Executing third test