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The Gherkin language is used to define test cases for the Cucumber testing tool for behavior-driven development. The Gherkin syntax is designed to be non-technical, making it human-readable for a wide audience.

Support in PMD

Starting from version 6.48.0, Gherkin support was added to CPD.


  • Support for Gherkin only extends to CPD to detect code duplication in Cucumber test cases.
  • While Gherkin keywords have been translated into various languages, CPD currently supports only the English version of the Gherkin language.