@Target(value=TYPE) @Retention(value=RUNTIME) @Documented @Inherited public @interface NestedTestConfiguration
@NestedTestConfiguration is a type-level annotation that is used to
configure how Spring test configuration annotations are processed within
enclosing class hierarchies (i.e., for inner test classes).
@NestedTestConfiguration is not present or
meta-present on a test class, in its super type hierarchy, or in its
enclosing class hierarchy, the default enclosing configuration inheritance
mode will be used. A
@NestedTestConfiguration declaration on an
enclosing class for a nested interface will be ignored when searching for the
annotation on classes that implement the interface. See
ENCLOSING_CONFIGURATION_PROPERTY_NAME for details on how to change
the default mode.
INHERIT mode is in use,
configuration from an enclosing test class will be inherited by inner test
classes, analogous to the semantics within a test class inheritance hierarchy.
OVERRIDE mode is in use,
inner test classes will have to declare their own Spring test configuration
annotations. If you wish to explicitly configure the mode, annotate either
the inner test class or one of its enclosing classes with
@NestedTestConfiguration(...). Note that a
@NestedTestConfiguration(...) declaration is inherited within the
superclass hierarchy as well as within the enclosing class hierarchy. Thus,
there is no need to redeclare the annotation unless you wish to switch the
This annotation may be used as a meta-annotation to create custom composed annotations.
As of Spring Framework 5.3, the use of this annotation typically only makes
sense in conjunction with
classes in JUnit Jupiter; however, there may be other testing frameworks with
support for nested test classes that could also make use of this annotation.
The Spring TestContext Framework honors
semantics for the following annotations.
|Modifier and Type
|Fields and Description
JVM system property used to change the default enclosing configuration inheritance mode: "spring.test.enclosing.configuration".
public static final String ENCLOSING_CONFIGURATION_PROPERTY_NAME
Supported values include enum constants defined in
NestedTestConfiguration.EnclosingConfiguration, ignoring case. For example, the default
may be changed to
NestedTestConfiguration.EnclosingConfiguration.OVERRIDE by supplying
the following JVM system property via the command line.
If the property is not set to
OVERRIDE, test configuration for
an inner test class will be inherited according to
NestedTestConfiguration.EnclosingConfiguration.INHERIT semantics by default.
May alternatively be configured via the
public abstract NestedTestConfiguration.EnclosingConfiguration value