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Simple tool, that allows you to execute JavaScript code in multiple real browsers, powered by Node.js and

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The main purpose is to make your TDD development easy, fast and fun...



sudo npm install -g testacular

# or install in local folder (you have to create symlinks to binaries on your own)
npm install testacular

You can install Testacular even without NPM, just get the latest package and create symlinks:

# replace x.y.z with latest version
curl | tar -xv && mv package testacular

# create symlinks (optional)
cd testacular
sudo ln -s $PWD/bin/testacular /usr/local/bin/testacular

What is it good for ?

Mostly for testing you code in multiple browsers (desktop, mobile, tablets):

  • executing tests during development
  • executing tests on continuous integration server

Let's do it

Go into your project and create a testacular configuration. Basically you need to specify the source files that you want to execute.

For an example configuration, see test/client/config.js which contains most of the options.

# create config file (testacular.conf.js by default)
testacular init

# start server
testacular start

# open browsers you want to test (if testacular is not configured to do it for you)
open http://localhost:8080

# if you want to run tests manually (without auto watching file changes), you can:
testacular run

Testing frameworks support

Testacular is not a testing framework, so that you can use pretty much anything you like.

However, we provide an adapter for Jasmine. If you wanna write an adapter for your favourite testing framework, that's great - check out adapter/jasmine.src.js and write your own.

Why am I doing this ?

During development of AngularJS, we've been using JSTD for testing. I really think, it's a great idea. Unfortunately, we had many problems with JSTD, so we decided to write our own tool, without testing frameworks or anything you actually don't need. Just a simple tool for execution JavaScript, that is stable and fast. That's why we use awesome library. More than that, with Node.js, we can execute JavaScript even without any browser, which is much faster, so it's very helpful during development, when we need to get the feedback as quick as possible.


If you are thinking about making Testacular better, or you just want to hack on it, that's great - go and fork the repo.

git clone git:// # or clone your fork

cd testacular
sudo npm install . --dev # install all dev dependencies (such as grunt, jasmine-node, etc...)

If you have any further questions, join the mailing list or submit an issue.

You can follow @TestacularJS as well.