embedded-postgres VS Testify

Compare embedded-postgres vs Testify and see what are their differences.


Run a real Postgres database locally on Linux, OSX or Windows as part of another Go application or test (by fergusstrange)


A toolkit with common assertions and mocks that plays nicely with the standard library (by stretchr)
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Posts with mentions or reviews of embedded-postgres. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-02-12.
  • If you could go back in time | What would you do different regarding go
    6 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 12 Feb 2023
    So what can you do insted? For testing databases, setup a docker instance for tests (e.g. like in https://github.com/ardanlabs/service), or start an embedded-postgres daemon (see https://github.com/fergusstrange/embedded-postgres). For communication with external APIs, just pass the http.Client (either in context.Context or as a field on the struct). Then in tests, you can override the http.Client.Transport func.
  • Embedded database options
    10 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 18 May 2022
    There's also this interesting project, which embeds postgres into your binary: https://github.com/fergusstrange/embedded-postgres
    10 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 18 May 2022
    This is down to nuance, but all databases are "file based" as they all write to files. But most of them require a separate process with lock coordination to get away from writer lock delays and ensure ACID, which includes Postgresql. Calling any version of pgl "embedded" is confusing because I see that being used to describe pgl databases which are run in a localhost mode with a single reader/writer client. Regardless, those still require a postgres process and access it over IP. For simplicity, if one uses a database by touching its files directly from the process accessing the database, then it's "embedded"; but then again I guess that semantic ship has sailed: https://github.com/fergusstrange/embedded-postgres so the point may be moot.
  • Ask HN: Tips on hosting your own Postgres instance
    5 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 28 Feb 2022
    depending on the language you have chosen for your side project you might also be able to run postgresql in embedded mode here is the one for golang https://github.com/fergusstrange/embedded-postgres . There is similar solution for java as well.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Testify. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-26.
  • Tools besides Go for a newbie
    36 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 26 Mar 2023
    IDE: use whatever make you productive. I personally use vscode. VCS: git, as golang communities use github heavily as base for many libraries. AFAIK Linter: use staticcheck for linting as it looks like mostly used linting tool in go, supported by many also. In Vscode it will be recommended once you install go plugin. Libraries/Framework: actually the standard libraries already included many things you need, decent enough for your day-to-day development cycles(e.g. `net/http`). But here are things for extra: - Struct fields validator: validator - Http server lib: chi router , httprouter , fasthttp (for non standard http implementations, but fast) - Web Framework: echo , gin , fiber , beego , etc - Http client lib: most already covered by stdlib(net/http), so you rarely need extra lib for this, but if you really need some are: resty - CLI: cobra - Config: godotenv , viper - DB Drivers: sqlx , postgre , sqlite , mysql - nosql: redis , mongodb , elasticsearch - ORM: gorm , entgo , sqlc(codegen) - JS Transpiler: gopherjs - GUI: fyne - grpc: grpc - logging: zerolog - test: testify , gomock , dockertest - and many others you can find here
  • Is gomock still maintained and recommended?
    7 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 6 Mar 2023
    FWIW, I've been using testify and mockery for years.
    7 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 6 Mar 2023
    To answer OP directly, I am largely quite happy with mockery (and testify) to write expressive tests.
  • Golang, GraphQL y Postgress
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/devsarg | 26 Jan 2023
    Como herramientas te recomiendo: FastJson https://github.com/valyala/fastjson : Si necesitas leer jsons Testify https://github.com/stretchr/testify : Para mockear y testear
  • How to develop a Web app in go
    9 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 19 Jan 2023
    Indispensable for testing your code: https://github.com/stretchr/testify
  • What's your favourite part of unit testing?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 19 Jan 2023
    Best tool in the ecosystem testify. Learn about Table driven test, suite - saves your time so much with setup & teardown. Absolutely one thing you need to follow, if you see anything breaking (or bugs) add tests for that, could be unit tests or integration tests, this's of huge value and reduces manual testsing.
  • TIL: panic(spew.Sdump(myVar))
    8 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 10 Jan 2023
    I use https://github.com/stretchr/testify in tests, it prints structs and diffs very well
  • Learning Go and I don't like some features, maybe it's me?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 14 Dec 2022
  • Criando uma API Rest com Fiber - Uma história pessoal de aprendizado
    7 projects | dev.to | 22 Nov 2022
  • How do you do DB preparation in e2e tests?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 20 Oct 2022
    Assertion libraries that people seem to love: - testify (my favorite) - go-cmp is a more barebones library - gotest.tools -- I have never used this but some swear by it

What are some alternatives?

When comparing embedded-postgres and Testify you can also consider the following projects:

ginkgo - A Modern Testing Framework for Go

GoConvey - Go testing in the browser. Integrates with `go test`. Write behavioral tests in Go.

gomega - Ginkgo's Preferred Matcher Library

gomock - GoMock is a mocking framework for the Go programming language.

gotest.tools - A collection of packages to augment the go testing package and support common patterns.

go-cmp - Package for comparing Go values in tests

gocheck - Rich testing for the Go language

assert - :exclamation:Basic Assertion Library used along side native go testing, with building blocks for custom assertions

godog - Cucumber for golang

goblin - Minimal and Beautiful Go testing framework

go-testdeep - Extremely flexible golang deep comparison, extends the go testing package, tests HTTP APIs and provides tests suite

decimal - Arbitrary-precision fixed-point decimal numbers in go