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If you're going to write an insanely fast, headless test tool, how can you not call it Zombie? Zombie it is.

Zombie.js is a lightweight framefork for testing client-side JavaScript code in a simulated environment. No browser required.

Zombie.js runs on Node.js, so it's insanely fast. It uses JSDOM to simulate a brower, so it can't find incompatibility issues in IE 7.0, but it can spot bugs in your code.

You don't have to, but I really recommend running Zombie.js with Vows , an outstanding BDD test framework for Node.js.



See the documentation for Sizzle.js.

Source code/API Documentation


Zombie.js is written in CoffeeScript, a language that mixes the best parts of Python and Ruby and compiles one-to-one into JavaScript.

To get started hacking on Zombie.js you'll need Node.js, NPM and CoffeeScript:

$ brew install node npm
$ npm install coffee-script

Next, install all other development and runtime dependencies:

$ cake setup

The DOM implementation is JSDOM, which provides pretty decent emulation of DOM Level 3. There are some issues and some features Zombie.js needs but JSDOM doesn't care for (e.g default event handlers). Those are patched onto JSDOM in lib/zombie/ and lib/zombie/

DOM selectors are provided by Sizzle.js, and vendored in the vendor directory.

Zombie.js is tested using Vows. Since we're testing a Web browser, we also need a Web server, so it spins up an instance of Express. Spinning up Express and making sure it doesn't power down before all tests are done (Vows is asynchronous, like everything in Node) is the responsibility of spec/

To run the test suite:

$ vows

To stress Zombie.js, we have test cases that use Sammy.js and jQuery. The scripts themselves are contained in the spec/.scripts directory. The dot is necessary to hide these JS files from Vows.

Zombie.js documentation is written in Markdown.

Everything you need to know to get started is covered by, so it shows up when you visit the Github page.

Additional documentation lives in the doc directory. Annotated source code generated using Docco.

To generate the documentation

$ cake doc
$ open html/index.html


Check out the outstanding to-dos.


Zombie.js is copyright of Assaf Arkin, released under the MIT License.

Zombie.js is written in CoffeeScript for Node.js.

Sizzle.js is copyright of John Resig, released under the MIT, BSD and GPL.

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