Setup RSpec on fresh Rails 7 Project

JAN 05, 2022

Let’s get right to it…

Start a fresh project

rails new projectname -d postgresql
cd projectname
git add -A
git commit -m "initial commit"

rails db:create
rails s

Install gems

git checkout -b rspec

In Gemfile add…

group :development, :test do
  # See
  gem "debug", platforms: %i[ mri mingw x64_mingw ]
  gem "rspec-rails"
  gem "factory_bot_rails"
  gem "faker"

Back in terminal/command line…

bundle install
rails g rspec:install

Configure gems

Create ‘support’ directory in ‘spec’ directory and create two files


And then one file in the spec directory for factories.


Configure FactoryBot

# spec/support/factory_bot.rb

RSpec.configure do |config|
  config.include FactoryBot::Syntax::Methods

Configure driver

# spec/support/chrome.rb

RSpec.configure do |config|
  config.before(:each, type: :system) do
    if ENV["SHOW_BROWSER"] == "true"
      driven_by :selenium_chrome
      driven_by :selenium, using: :headless_chrome, screen_size: [1400, 1400]

Require support files in rails_helper.rb

# spec/rails_helper.rb

require_relative 'support/factory_bot'
require_relative 'support/chrome'

When you generate a User model (or any model) RSpec will generate a factory for you in your factories.rb file. You can modify it to look like this.

# spec/factories.rb

FactoryBot.define do
  factory(:user) do
    email { }
    password { Faker::Internet.password }

it “should run a test” do…

Run rspec command in the terminal and you should see it run and output some green text.

-> rspec
No examples found.

Finished in 0.00038 seconds (files took 0.94577 seconds to load)
0 examples, 0 failures

Finish up

git add -A
git commit -m "add rspec"
git checkout main
git merge rspec
git branch -D rspec
git push # assuming you have a repo online somewhere
— Adrian