Starts server, waits for URL, then runs test command; when the tests end, shuts down server
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start-server-and-test

Starts server, waits for URL, then runs test command; when the tests end, shuts down server

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Install

Requires Node version 6 or above.

npm install --save-dev start-server-and-test

Use

This command is meant to be used with NPM script commands. If you have a "start server", and "test" script names for example, you can start the server, wait for a url to respond, then run tests. When the test process exits, the server is shut down.

{
    "scripts": {
        "start-server": "npm start",
        "test": "mocha e2e-spec.js",
        "ci": "start-server-and-test start-server http://localhost:8080 test"
    }
}

To execute all tests simply run npm run ci

Alias

You can use either start-server-and-test, server-test or start-test commands in your scripts.

You can use : in front of port number like server-test :8080, so all these are equivalent

start-server-and-test start http://localhost:8080 test
server-test start http://localhost:8080 test
server-test http://localhost:8080 test
start-test :8080 test
start-test 8080 test
start-test 8080

Options

If you use convention and name your scripts "start" and "test" you can simply provide URL

{
    "scripts": {
        "start": "npm start",
        "test": "mocha e2e-spec.js",
        "ci": "start-server-and-test http://localhost:8080"
    }
}

You can also shorten local url to just port, the code below is equivalent to checking http://localhost:8080.

{
    "scripts": {
        "start": "npm start",
        "test": "mocha e2e-spec.js",
        "ci": "server-test 8080"
    }
}

You can provide first start command, port (or url) and implicit test command

{
    "scripts": {
        "start-it": "npm start",
        "test": "mocha e2e-spec.js",
        "ci": "server-test start-it 8080"
    }
}

You can provide port number and custom test command, in that case npm start is assumed to start the server.

{
    "scripts": {
        "start": "npm start",
        "test-it": "mocha e2e-spec.js",
        "ci": "server-test :9000 test-it"
    }
}

You can provide multiple resources to wait on, separated by a pipe |. (be sure to wrap in quotes)

{
    "scripts": {
        "start": "npm start",
        "test-it": "mocha e2e-spec.js",
        "ci": "server-test \"8080|http://foo.com\""
    }
}

Note for webpack-dev-server users

If you are using webpack-dev-server (directly or via angular/cli or other boilerplates) then please use the following URL form to check

start-server-and-test http-get://localhost:8080

This is because under the hood this module uses wait-on to ping the server. Wait-on uses HEAD by default, but webpack-dev-server does not respond to HEAD only to GET requests. Thus you need to use http-get:// URL format to force wait-on to use GET probe.

You can even wait on the bundle JavaScript url instead of the page url, see discussion in this issue #4

Debugging

To see diagnostic messages, run with environment variable DEBUG=start-server-and-test

Disable HTTPS certificate checks

To see disable HTTPS checks for wait-on, run with environment variable START_SERVER_AND_TEST_INSECURE=1.

Small print

Author: Gleb Bahmutov <gleb.bahmutov@gmail.com> © 2017

License: MIT - do anything with the code, but don't blame me if it does not work.

Support: if you find any problems with this module, email / tweet / open issue on Github

MIT License

Copyright (c) 2017 Gleb Bahmutov <gleb.bahmutov@gmail.com>

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

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THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.