Getting unknown property error when I try to use new Gradle 7 version catalogs

I’m cross-posting this question from Stack Overflow, where I will shortly offer a bounty on the answer (really need one, 'cause we love this feature and want to use it). →
dependencies - Getting unknown property error when I try to use new Gradle 7 version catalogs - Stack Overflow

I tried to implement the simplest possible example to better understand
Gradle 7 version catalogs. I used ‘gradle init’ to generate a new application,
then I followed the steps presented in this blog post →
Cédric Champeau's blog: Simplified version management with Gradle 7 exactly as I could.
The result, when I tried to import the project into Intellij (and also when I simply ran ‘gradlew test’ at root directory of project) was the error
below. I’m guessing it is more likely that the
feature works and I did something dumb, than the feature is broken. Any
sharp pair of eyes that can help me spot the dumb thing?


A problem occurred evaluating project ‘:app’.

Could not get unknown property ‘testDependencies’ for extension ‘libs’ of type


  1. Generate a simple Gradle example app via gradle init, as below:

    Select type of project to generate:
      1: basic
      2: application
      3: library
      4: Gradle plugin
    Enter selection (default: basic) [1..4] 2<RETURN>

    Select implementation language:
      1: C++
      2: Groovy
      3: Java
      4: Kotlin
      5: Scala
      6: Swift
    Enter selection (default: Java) [1..6] 5<RETURN>

    Split functionality across multiple subprojects?:
      1: no - only one application project
      2: yes - application and library projects
    Enter selection (default: no - only one application project) [1..2] 1<RETURN>

    Select build script DSL:
      1: Groovy
      2: Kotlin
    Enter selection (default: Groovy) [1..2] 1<RETURN>

    Project name (default: stacko):<RETURN>
    Source package (default: stacko):<RETURN>
  1. Add the version catalog definition where they say it should go (exact content as in blog post)
    cat <<EOF >gradle/libs.versions.toml 
    guava = ""
    junit-jupiter = "org.junit.jupiter:junit-jupiter-api:5.7.1"
    junit-engine = { module="org.junit.jupiter:junit-jupiter-engine" }

    testDependencies = ["junit-jupiter", "junit-engine"]
  1. Enable the preview feature
    echo "enableFeaturePreview('VERSION_CATALOGS')" >/tmp/stuff
    cat settings.gradle >> /tmp/stuff
    cp /tmp/stuff settings.gradle 

Then I added this line as the last line in my dependencies { } block →

  1. Tried to import into Intellij and got the error shown in ERROR I GOT, above.

That’s a typo. It should be libs.bundles.testDependencies as documented at Sharing dependency versions between projects.