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Property based testing framework for JavaScript/TypeScript

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Getting started

Hands-on tutorial and definition of Property Based Testing: 🏁 see tutorial. Or directly try it online on our pre-configured CodeSandbox.

Property based testing frameworks check the truthfulness of properties. A property is a statement like: for all (x, y, ...) such that precondition(x, y, ...) holds predicate(x, y, ...) is true.

Install the module with: yarn add fast-check --dev or npm install fast-check --save-dev

Example of integration in mocha:

const fc = require('fast-check');

// Code under test
const contains = (text, pattern) => text.indexOf(pattern) >= 0;

// Properties
describe('properties', () => {
  // string text always contains itself
  it('should always contain itself', () => {
    fc.assert(fc.property(fc.string(), (text) => contains(text, text)));
  });
  // string a + b + c always contains b, whatever the values of a, b and c
  it('should always contain its substrings', () => {
    fc.assert(
      fc.property(fc.string(), fc.string(), fc.string(), (a, b, c) => {
        // Alternatively: no return statement and direct usage of expect or assert
        return contains(a + b + c, b);
      })
    );
  });
});

In case of failure, the test raises a red flag. Its output should help you to diagnose what went wrong in your implementation. Example with a failing implementation of contain:

1) should always contain its substrings
    Error: Property failed after 1 tests (seed: 1527422598337, path: 0:0): ["","",""]
    Shrunk 1 time(s)
    Got error: Property failed by returning false

    Hint: Enable verbose mode in order to have the list of all failing values encountered during the run

Integration with other test frameworks: ava, jasmine, jest, mocha and tape.

More examples: simple examples, fuzzing and against various algorithms.

Useful documentations:

Why should I migrate to fast-check?

fast-check has initially been designed in an attempt to cope with limitations I encountered while using other property based testing frameworks designed for JavaScript:

  • Types: strong and up-to-date types - thanks to TypeScript
  • Extendable: easy map method to derive existing arbitraries while keeping shrink [more] - some frameworks ask the user to provide both a->b and b->a mappings in order to keep a shrinker
  • Extendable: kind of flatMap-operation called chain [more] - able to bind the output of an arbitrary as input of another one while keeping the shrink working
  • Extendable: precondition checks with fc.pre(...) [more] - filtering invalid entries can be done directly inside the check function if needed
  • Smart: ability to shrink on fc.oneof [more] - surprisingly some frameworks don't
  • Smart: biased by default [more] - by default it generates both small and large values, making it easier to dig into counterexamples without having to tweak a size parameter manually
  • Debug: verbose mode [more] - easier troubleshooting with verbose mode enabled
  • Debug: replay directly on the minimal counterexample [more] - no need to replay the whole sequence, you get directly the counterexample
  • Debug: custom examples in addition of generated ones [more] - no need to duplicate the code to play the property on custom examples
  • Debug: logger per predicate run [more] - simplify your troubleshoot with fc.context and its logging feature
  • Unique: model based approach [more][article] - use the power of property based testing to test UI, APIs or state machines
  • Unique: detect race conditions in your code [more] - shuffle the way your promises and async calls resolve using the power of property based testing to detect races
  • Unique: simplify user definable corner cases [more] - simplify bug resolution by asking fast-check if it can find an even simpler corner case

For more details, refer to the documentation in the links above.

Trusted

fast-check has been trusted for years by big projects like: jest, jasmine, fp-ts, io-ts, ramda, js-yaml, query-string...

Powerful

It also proved useful in finding bugs among major open source projects such as jest, query-string... and many others.

Compatibility

Here are the minimal requirements to use fast-check properly without any polyfills:

fast-check node ECMAScript version TypeScript (optional)
3.x ≥8(1) ES2017 ≥4.1(2)
2.x ≥8(1) ES2017 ≥3.2(3)
1.x ≥0.12(1) ES3 ≥3.0(3)
More details...
  1. Except for features that cannot be polyfilled - such as bigint-related ones - all the capabilities of fast-check should be usable given you use at least the minimal recommended version of node associated to your major of fast-check.
  2. Require either lib or target ≥ ES2020 or @types/node to be installed.
  3. Require either lib or target ≥ ES2015 or @types/node to be installed.

ReScript bindings

Bindings to use fast-check in ReScript are available in package rescript-fast-check. They are maintained by @TheSpyder as an external project.

Contributors

Thanks goes to these wonderful people (emoji key):


Nicolas DUBIEN

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Aaron Elligsen

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Will Heslam

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kazchimo

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Brandon Chinn

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Irakli Safareli

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Andrew Herron

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Eric Crosson

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burrscurr

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JC (Jonathan Chen)

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Larry Botha

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Roman Gusev

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Tim Wisniewski

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Brais Piñeiro

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Renaud-Pierre Bordes

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Jemma Nelson

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John Haugeland

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Trey Davis

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Leon Si

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Gorgi Kosev

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mayconsacht

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Simon Friis Vindum

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Richard Gibson

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Alan Harper

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Makien Osman

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David Sommerich

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Diego Pedro

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Borui Gu

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Brian Donovan

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volrk

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tinydylan

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Caleb Jasik

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Rulai Hu

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Afonso Jorge Ramos

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Tom Jenkinson

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phormio

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Giovanni Gonzaga

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Tomas Carnecky

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Kirill Romanov

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Giovanny González

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Mark Kulube

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Peter Hamilton

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Chinedu Ozodi

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Gunar Gessner

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Christian Batchelor

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Tomer Aberbach

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0xflotus

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Ryan Leonard

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Jason Dreyzehner

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Matin Zadeh Dolatabad

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