JUnit assertEquals example

1. Introduction

To follow through with my previous post about assertTrue and assertFalse, this post will tackle on checking for an equality of a conditional statement on the test cases.

There is a method called assertEquals in the JUnit library that can be used to check if two objects is equally defined or not. It can be used to check if a specific instance of an object is expected on a method called by the test, or if na object passed through a method was “polymorphed” correctly. This is to ensure that an object, decorated or not will have the same base properties as it is expected.

See the code example below.

2. The Source


package com.areyes1.jgc.junit.assertequals;

import org.junit.Before;
import org.junit.Test;

import static org.junit.Assert.assertEquals;

public class JUnitAssertEqualsExample {

	private JUnitAssertEqualsServiceExample junitAssertEqualsServiceSample;
	private ServiceObject serviceObject;
	public void setData() {
		serviceObject = new ServiceObject();
		junitAssertEqualsServiceSample = new JUnitAssertEqualsServiceExample();

	public void testAssertEqualsFalse() {
		//	processed the item
		ServiceObject newServiceObject = new ServiceObject();
	public void testAssertEquals() {

	public void testAssertEqualsWithMessage() {
				"Same Object",
	public void testAssertEqualsFalseWithMessage() {
		ServiceObject newServiceObject = new ServiceObject();
				"Not the Same Object",


The assertEquals is basically a function that takes two objects and see if they have the same instance object being used. The Example as shown above has 4 set of test that regresses the assertEquals. It checks for the same object that was processed and see if it’s still the same object in term of it’s instance, as it was passed before. A test case if the object used has a different one, and samples with messages in it.

Running this example will give you an output in Eclipse.

Figure 1.0 Example of assertEquals
Figure 1.0 Example of assertEquals

3. Download the Eclipse project

This was an example of JUnit assertEquals source.

You can download the full source code of this example here: junit-assertequals-example

Alvin Reyes

Alvin has an Information Technology Degree from Mapua Institute of Technology. During his studies, he was already heavily involved in a number of small to large projects where he primarily contributes by doing programming, analysis design. After graduating, he continued to do side projects on Mobile, Desktop and Web Applications.
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