I am learning selenium. I am trying to get into more and more automation.

Scenario (example): We are working in agile 2 week sprints. We have a release after every 3 sprints.

In our framework we have used the hybrid approach (combination of data driven and POM). Every test class has 40 test cases and we have 20 test classes. In total of 3 sprints, there are 800 test cases out of which we need to select 500 test cases for regression.

Question: which method we should use

1: using testNG annotation groupBy to give a name as a regression and then create a testng.XML file (or regression.XML) and pass with the group. If yes then how to declare in our XML file?

2: is there any better approach?


Here is the Sample XML file code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<suite name="Sample Suite">
  <test name="testing">
        <include name="Regression"/>
       <class name="com.example.group.groupExamples" />

For more details checkout TestNG groups


You can declare the groups as

<include name="group1"></include>
<include name="group2"></include>

Then in the class file declare as

<class name="packagename.ClassName"/> 
<class name="packagename.ClassName" />

If you are passing any parameters then declare as

<parameter name="browser" value="chrome"></parameter>
<parameter name="url" value="https://localhost"></parameter>

you can go with BDD-cucumber .cucumber will provide you the custom tags by which you can easily divide your regression suite to multiple groups such as, @regression @sanity @high-level

Example suppose i am having 1000 test cases in my regression and i have to do the only high-level testing or sanity check so while writing the feature file you can give the custom tag to each scenario and your runner class will be:

@RunWith(Cucumber.class) @Cucumber.Options(format = {"pretty", "html:target/cucumber"}, tags = {"~@regression"}) public class runTest { }

Feature file:



The best method in my opinion will be to explore Groups in TestNG. You can mark the 500 Test Cases in Regressions as below :

@Test(priority=1, groups={"Regression"})
public void testCaseOne() {


In your testNG XML, include Group Tag to Run these testCases.

First mark all the Test Cases as per the need and then generate testNG XML by Right-Clicking on Project -> TestNG -> Convert to TestNG. The resultant XML should automatically have Groups tag to give you control over Test Execution.

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