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Run jasmine specs headlessly through PhantomJS.

Getting Started

This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.0

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-contrib-jasmine --save-dev

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:


Jasmine task

Run this task with the grunt jasmine command.

Automatically builds and maintains your spec runner and runs your tests headlessly through phantomjs.

Substantial credit goes to Camille Reynders (@creynders) for the first decent implementation of jasmine through grunt which served as motivation for all the future work.

Run specs locally or on an ad hoc server

Run your tests on your local filesystem or via a server task like grunt-contrib-connect.

Customize your SpecRunner with templates

Supply your templates that will be used to automatically build the SpecRunner.

AMD Support

Supports AMD tests via the grunt-template-jasmine-requirejs module

Third party templates



Type: String|Array

Minimatch - Your source files. These are the files that you are testing.


Type: String|Array

Minimatch - Your Jasmine specs.


Type: String|Array

Minimatch - Third party libraries, generally loaded before anything else happens in your tests. Libraries like jQuery and Backbone.


Type: String|Array

Minimatch - Non-source, non-spec helper files. In the default runner these are loaded after vendor files


Type: String|Array

Minimatch - CSS files that get loaded after the jasmine.css


Type: String
Default: '1.3.1'

This is the jasmine-version which will be used. currently available versions are:

  • 1.0.0
  • 1.1.0
  • 1.2.0
  • 1.3.0
  • 1.3.1


Type: String
Default: _SpecRunner.html

The auto-generated specfile that phantomjs will use to run your tests. Automatically deleted upon normal runs


Type: Boolean
Default: false

Prevents the auto-generated specfile used to run your tests from being automatically deleted.


Type: String
Default: undefined

Path to output JUnit xml


Type: Boolean
Default: false

Consolidate the JUnit XML so that there is one file per top level suite.

Type: String
Default: ''

The host you want phantomjs to connect against to run your tests.

e.g. if using an ad hoc server from within grunt

host : ''

Or, using templates

host : '<%= connect.port %>/'

Not defining a host will mean your specs will be run from the local filesystem.


Type: String Object
Default: undefined

Custom template used to generate your Spec Runner. Parsed as underscore templates and provided the expanded list of files needed to build a specrunner.

You can specify an object with a process method that will be called as a template function. See the Template API Documentation for more details.


Type: Object
Default: {}

Options that will be passed to your template via an 'options' hash. Used to pass settings to the template.


Name: build

Turn on this flag in order to rebuild the specrunner without deleting it. This is useful when troubleshooting templates, running in a browser, or as part of a watch chain e.g.

watch: {
  pivotal : {
    files: ['src/**/*.js', 'specs/**/*.js'],
    tasks: 'jasmine:pivotal:build'

Example application usage

Basic Use

Sample configuration to run Pivotal Labs' example Jasmine application.

// Example configuration
  jasmine: {
    pivotal: {
      src: 'src/**/*.js',
      options: {
        specs: 'spec/*Spec.js',
        helpers: 'spec/*Helper.js'

Supplying a custom template

Supplying a custom template to the above example

// Example configuration
  jasmine: {
    customTemplate: {
      src: 'src/**/*.js',
      options: {
        specs: 'spec/*Spec.js',
        helpers: 'spec/*Helper.js',
        template: 'custom.tmpl'

Sample RequireJS/NPM Template usage

// Example configuration
  jasmine: {
    yourTask: {
      src: 'src/**/*.js',
      options: {
        specs: 'spec/*Spec.js',
        template: require('grunt-template-jasmine-requirejs')

NPM Templates are just node modules, so you can write and treat them as such.

Please see the grunt-template-jasmine-requirejs documentation for more information on the RequireJS template.

Release History

  • 2013-06-15   v0.5.0   updated rimraf made teardown async, added Function.prototype.bind polyfill [object Object] [object Object]
  • 2013-04-03   v0.4.2   bumped grunt-lib-phantomjs to 0.3.0/1.9 (closes merged addressed
  • 2013-03-08   v0.4.0   bumped grunt-lib-phantomjs to 0.2.0/1.8 allowed spec/vendor/helper list to return non-matching files (e.g. for remote, http) merged merged
  • 2013-02-24   v0.3.3   Added better console output (via Gabor Kiss @Neverl)
  • 2013-02-17   v0.3.2   Ensure Gruntfile.js is included on npm.
  • 2013-02-15   v0.3.1   First official release for Grunt 0.4.0.
  • 2013-01-22   v0.3.1rc7   Exposed phantom and sendMessage to templates
  • 2013-01-22   v0.3.0rc7   Updated dependencies for grunt v0.4.0rc6/rc7
  • 2013-01-08   v0.3.0rc5   Updating to work with grunt v0.4.0rc5. Switching to this.filesSrc api. Added JUnit xml output (via Kelvin Luck @vitch) Passing console.log from browser to verbose grunt logging Support for templates as separate node modules Removed internal requirejs template (see grunt-template-jasmine-requirejs)
  • 2012-12-03   v0.2.0   Generalized requirejs template config Added loader plugin Tests for templates Updated jasmine to 1.3.0
  • 2012-11-24   v0.1.2   Updated for new grunt/grunt-contrib apis
  • 2012-11-07   v0.1.1   Fixed race condition in requirejs template
  • 2012-11-07   v0.1.0   Ported grunt-jasmine-runner and grunt-jasmine-task to grunt-contrib

Task submitted by Jarrod Overson

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