🚀 Futuristic JavaScript test runner
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Even though JavaScript is single-threaded, IO in Node.js can happen in parallel due to its async nature. AVA takes advantage of this and runs your tests concurrently, which is especially beneficial for IO heavy tests. In addition, test files are run in parallel as separate processes, giving you even better performance and an isolated environment for each test file. Switching from Mocha to AVA in Pageres brought the test time down from 31 to 11 seconds. Having tests run concurrently forces you to write atomic tests, meaning tests don't depend on global state or the state of other tests, which is a great thing!

Read our contributing guide if you're looking to contribute (issues/PRs/etc).

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This documentation covers the 1.0 beta releases, which use Babel 7. The last release that uses Babel 6 is v0.25.0.

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Why AVA?


To install and set up AVA, run:

npx create-ava --next

Your package.json will then look like this (exact version notwithstanding):

	"name": "awesome-package",
	"scripts": {
		"test": "ava"
	"devDependencies": {
		"ava": "1.0.0-beta.4"

Or if you prefer using Yarn:

yarn add ava@next --dev --exact

Alternatively you can install ava manually:

npm install --save-dev --save-exact ava@next

Don't forget to configure the test script in your package.json as per above.

Create your test file

Create a file named test.js in the project root directory:

import test from 'ava';

test('foo', t => {

test('bar', async t => {
	const bar = Promise.resolve('bar');
	t.is(await bar, 'bar');

Running your tests

npm test

Or with npx:

npx ava

Run with the --watch flag to enable AVA's watch mode:

npx ava --watch

Supported Node.js versions

AVA supports the latest release of any major version that is supported by Node.js itself. Read more in our support statement.


Magic assert

AVA adds code excerpts and clean diffs for actual and expected values. If values in the assertion are objects or arrays, only a diff is displayed, to remove the noise and focus on the problem. The diff is syntax-highlighted too! If you are comparing strings, both single and multi line, AVA displays a different kind of output, highlighting the added or missing characters.

Clean stack traces

AVA automatically removes unrelated lines in stack traces, allowing you to find the source of an error much faster, as seen above.

Latest JavaScript support

AVA uses Babel 7 so you can use the latest JavaScript syntax in your tests. There is no extra setup required. You don't need to be using Babel in your own project for this to work either.

We aim support all finished syntax proposals, as well as all syntax from ratified JavaScript versions (e.g. ES2017). See our @ava/stage-4 preset for the currently supported proposals.

Please note that we do not add or modify built-ins. For example, if you use Object.entries() in your tests, they will crash in Node.js 6 which does not implement this method.

You can disable this syntax support, or otherwise customize AVA's Babel pipeline. See our Babel recipe for more details.

Parallel runs in CI

AVA automatically detects whether your CI environment supports parallel builds. Each build will run a subset of all test files, while still making sure all tests get executed. See the ci-parallel-vars package for a list of supported CI environments.


Please see the files in the docs directory:

Common pitfalls

We have a growing list of common pitfalls you may experience while using AVA. If you encounter any issues you think are common, comment in this issue.



Why not mocha, tape, tap?

Mocha requires you to use implicit globals like describe and it with the default interface (which most people use). It's not very opinionated and executes tests serially without process isolation, making it slow.

Tape and tap are pretty good. AVA is highly inspired by their syntax. They too execute tests serially. Their default TAP output isn't very user-friendly though so you always end up using an external tap reporter.

In contrast AVA is highly opinionated and runs tests concurrently, with a separate process for each test file. Its default reporter is easy on the eyes and yet AVA still supports TAP output through a CLI flag.

How is the name written and pronounced?

AVA, not Ava or ava. Pronounced /ˈeɪvə/ ay-və.

What is the header background?

It's the Andromeda galaxy.

What is the difference between concurrency and parallelism?

Concurrency is not parallelism. It enables parallelism.





Mark Wubben Sindre Sorhus Vadim Demedes
Mark Wubben Sindre Sorhus Vadim Demedes