How can I make a JUnit test wait?


I have a JUnit test that I want to wait for a period of time synchronously. My JUnit test looks like this:

public void testExipres(){
    SomeCacheObject sco = new SomeCacheObject();
    sco.putWithExipration("foo", 1000);

I tried Thread.currentThread().wait(), but it throws an IllegalMonitorStateException (as expected).

Is there some trick to it or do I need a different monitor?

This question is tagged with java junit thread-safety

~ Asked on 2013-04-10 23:53:30

The Best Answer is


How about Thread.sleep(2000); ? :)

~ Answered on 2013-04-10 23:54:17


Thread.sleep() could work in most cases, but usually if you're waiting, you are actually waiting for a particular condition or state to occur. Thread.sleep() does not guarantee that whatever you're waiting for has actually happened.

If you are waiting on a rest request for example maybe it usually return in 5 seconds, but if you set your sleep for 5 seconds the day your request comes back in 10 seconds your test is going to fail.

To remedy this JayWay has a great utility called Awatility which is perfect for ensuring that a specific condition occurs before you move on.

It has a nice fluent api as well

await().until(() -> 
    return yourConditionIsMet();

~ Answered on 2015-05-27 02:07:44

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