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Official release

release 20161106

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse-standalone.jar4959084 bytes60077

Note: As of release 20121220, FitNesse comes in 2 flavours:

You can also find FitNesse in the Maven Central Repository


The latest Stable build can be found on our Continuous Integration server The QA process for Edge is the same as for a release. Test pass? Ship it!


The source Code can be found on GitHub:

What's next

It really takes very little time and effort to get FitNesse running on your machine.

  1. Click on the most recent fitnesse-standalone.jar file.
    • If this is a brand new installation, just put it in some convenient empty directory.
    • If this is an update, then copy it on top of the old fitnesse(-standalone).jar in your current installation.
  2. Type java -jar fitnesse-standalone.jar
    • It will ask you to be patient as it installs or updates.
    • Your shell should respond with something like this:
          FitNesse (v20130228) Started...
           	port:              8001
           	root page: at ./FitNesseRoot
           	logger:            none
           	authenticator:     fitnesse.authentication.PromiscuousAuthenticator
           	page factory:      fitnesse.responders.PageFactory
           	page theme:        bootstrap
           	page version expiration set to 14 days.
  3. Start up a browser and go to http://localhost
  4. The main FitNesse screen should come up. That's it. You're ready to start using FitNesse.

It didn't work!

Most likely you have another web server running. Web servers default to port 80, so if another one is running on your machine you'll have to specify another port via a CommandLineOption[?]. Try this command: java -jar fitnesse-standalone.jar -p 8080

Then point your browser to http://localhost:8080

Still no? Open me up.

What to Do If You Have the Wrong Java Runtime Environment

  • Release 20160515 and later require Java 7
  • Release 20090818 and later require Java 6
  • Release 20060719 and later require Java 5

FitNesse requires version 1.7 or later of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). If you see the messages:

C:\fitnesse>java -jar fitnesse-standalone.jar
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError:
        at fitnesse.FitNesse.parseCommandLine(Unknown Source)
        at fitnesse.FitNesse.main(Unknown Source)

Then you need to download and install version 1.6 or later of the JRE. Follow these steps:

  • Press a key to close the command window
  • Go to and download and install Java by following the instructions.
  • (if required) Change the PATH environment variable so that it points to the new JRE.
    • Go to the /bin folder that contains java.exe, and copy the pathname (for example, C:\Program Files\Java\j2re<version>)
    • Go to Settings>Control Panel>System>Advanced>Environment Variables>PATH>Edit
    • Paste in that same complete pathname
    • Save the PATH environment variable, and close the System control panel
    • Start FitNesse again as described above

What to do if Apache Velocity is not found

There are two builds of the FitNesse binary:

  • fitnesse.jar contains only the fitnesse code, no dependencies. This is the version you use if you're using a dependency management system like Maven or Apache Ivy.
  • fitnesse-standalone.jar is the big one-has-all jar file containing FitNesse and support libraries.

If you're seeing this:

C:\fitnesse>java -jar fitnesse.jar
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org/apache/velocity/context/Context
        at fitnesse.FitNesseContext.(
        at fitnesse.FitNesseContext.(
        at fitnesseMain.FitNesseMain.loadContext(
        at fitnesseMain.FitNesseMain.launchFitNesse(

You probably want the latter.

Learning More

If you have not yet done so, check out the Two Minute Example. To learn more about what FitNesse acceptance testing is all about, see AcceptanceTests. If you are ready to start creating FitNesse pages and test tables, check out EditingFitNessePages[?] and CreatingTestTables[?].

Memory Issues.

When you use FitNesse extensively, some operations take more than the default memory allocated to the JVM. This can cause tests to fail for out of heap space reasons. You can fix this by adding the -Xmx100M JVM argument to the java command line when you start FitNesse. java -Xmx100M -jar fitnesse.jar.

Memory issues and the build.

If you build FitNesse from source, the ant script may fail for out of heap space reasons. You can fix this by setting the ANT_OPTS environment variable to -Xmx100M.

Old Releases

release 20160618

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse-standalone.jar4924145 bytes14140

release 20160515

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse-standalone.jar4914077 bytes10647

release 20151230

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse-standalone.jar4918563 bytes15296

release 20150814

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse-standalone.jar9216403 bytes20995

release 20150424

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse-standalone.jar9079776 bytes17531

release 20150226

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse-standalone.jar9045071 bytes11198

release 20150114

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse-standalone.jar8978396 bytes10331

release 20140901

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse-standalone.jar7656981 bytes18044

release 20140630

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse-standalone.jar6323081 bytes8516

release 20140623

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse-standalone.jar6325707 bytes2913

release 20140418

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse-standalone.jar6309648 bytes9956

release 20140201

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse-standalone.jar6871194 bytes344124

release 20131110

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse-standalone.jar7055875 bytes58357

release 20130530

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse-standalone.jar5377751 bytes20525

release 20111026

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar4209712 bytes60566

release 20110104

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar4174913 bytes43016

release 20101101

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar4038994 bytes13951

release 20100303

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar3966113 bytes35712

release 20100103

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar3918055 bytes14088

release 20091121

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar4822762 bytes8264

release 20090818

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar4777069 bytes32907

release 20090709

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar5326568 bytes11249

release 20090513

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse20090513.zip22333643 bytes22753

release 20090321

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar1066873 bytes5139
fitnesse20090321.zip13715647 bytes22290

release 20090214

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar1005205 bytes5114
fitnesse20090214.zip7695116 bytes36374
fitnesse_src20090214.zip5729014 bytes32227

release 20090112

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar984868 bytes5060
fitnesse20090112.zip7558908 bytes7660
fitnesse_src20090112.zip5654090 bytes4895

release 20081201

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar870421 bytes5106
fitnesse20081201.zip6210294 bytes9449
fitnesse_src20081201.zip5572459 bytes4842

release 20081115

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar868938 bytes4609
fitnesse20081115.zip6188491 bytes6883
fitnesse_src20081115.zip5569678 bytes3975

release 20080812

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar736137 bytes5887
fitnesse20080812.zip5856554 bytes11490
fitnesse_src20080812.zip5484115 bytes5868

release 20080702

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar695739 bytes5071
fitnesse20080702.zip1969594 bytes6744
fitnesse_src20080702.zip3579035 bytes4350

release 20070619

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar663683 bytes9407
fitnesse20070619.zip1874663 bytes31216
fitnesse_src20070619.zip3948325 bytes37092

release 20060719

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar495037 bytes8574
fitnesse20060719.zip1517539 bytes89527
fitnesse_src20060719.zip3620673 bytes9097

release 20050731

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse.jar475255 bytes8931
fitnesse20050731.zip1269717 bytes22103
fitnesse_src20050731.zip3308056 bytes10327

release 20050405

FileSize# of Downloads
fitlibrary.jar123526 bytes7933
fitnesse.jar468725 bytes7648
fitnesse20050405.zip1162944 bytes8326
fitnesse_src20050405.zip1801536 bytes5964

release 20050301

FileSize# of Downloads
fitnesse20050301.zip1062799 bytes5488
fitnesse_src20050301.zip3362842 bytes5300