See also Test framework comparison.
Known Common Lisp Test Frameworks on CLiki include:
- 5am - See FiveAM for this test framework
- ASDF-Install-tester - The system is completely unmaintained
- cl-quickcheck - cl-quickcheck is a test framework for automatic specification-based testing
- cl-smoketest - cl-smoketest is a small test framework for setting up basic does-it-compile tests
- CL-TEST-MORE - CL-TEST-MORE is a unit test framework inspired by Perl's Test::More
- cl-unit-test - cl-unit-test bootstraps quality and it has been tested by itself with 100% test code coverage
- clos-unit - Basically a port of JUnit to Common Lisp, probably deprecated in favor of xlunit
- CLUnit - CLUnit is a Test Framework that comes with CLOCC
- CUSTOM-HARNESS - CUSTOM-HARNESS is yet another test harness framework for Common Lisp code
- de.setf.utility - de setf utility is a collection of Common Lisp utilities functions and several purpose-specific libraries
- EnclineTest - EnclineTest (etest) is a unit test framework, developed within Encline project
- Eos - Eos is a drop-in replacement for the FiveAM Test Framework that is portable Common Lisp and has no dependencies on other libraries
- FiveAM - FiveAM is a Test Framework whose goal is to be as simple as possible
- FReT - FReT (Framework for Regression Testing) is a unit test framework with interactive testing and authoring of tests
- LIFT - The LIsp Framework for Testing is another test framework in the JUnit / SUnit lineage
- lisp-unit - lisp-unit is a simple Common Lisp Test Framework
- MSL-Test - MSL-Test is Paul Foley's Test Framework
- NST - NST is a test framework for Common Lisp offering separate and reusable fixture definitions, test groups, extensible test criteria, ASDF integration, and optional JUnit XML output
- portch - Portch is a test framework for organizing and running tests written with ptester [the portable version of Franz's tester library]
- ptester - ptester is a portable version of Franz's tester library
- rt - Short for "regression testing", an older (last update 1995)
- rtch - rtch is a hackbrary which facilitates organizing tests in the RT test framework in a directory hierarchy
- Stefil - Stefil is a test framework, and its philosophy is to stay as transparent as possible, disrupting the normal Lisp application development process as little as possible
- testbild - testbild implements TAP (Test Anything Protocol) (versions 12, 13) and xUnit output so you can connect your Lisp tests to other programs
- tester - tester is the test framework harness that Franz uses for Allegro CL (ACL)
- unit-test - unit-test is a Test Framework by Alan Picard
- xlunit - XLUnit is a Test Framework based on XPTest and JUnit
clos-unit ( clos-unit appears to be deprecated in favor of xlunit which has almost the same semantics ) are basically implementations of the *Unit design (like JUnit, SUnit etc), where a test case (and a test fixture, there isn't much differentiation) is a CLOS class, and the individual tests are its methods. Failure of a test is usually indicated by calls to some assertion forms or by signaling an appropriate condition.
FiveAM seems to offer similar functionality, but handles it in another fashion. For example, setting up and tearing down a fixture isn't done with defining methods for a test-case class, but with a WITH-FIXTURE macro which simply wraps one piece of code with another.
rt is an older library from the CMU AI repository. It takes a more simplistic approach, a single test is made up of its name, a form to evaluate, and the expected return values of this form. CLUnit takes a similar approach, but with a lot more sugar, like collecting and classifying tests, giving a comparison function to match the real with the expected output etc.