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This node.js module makes the wonderful Pivotal Lab's jasmine ( spec framework available in node.js.


Version 1.3.1 of Jasmine is currently included with node-jasmine.

what's new

  • Jasmine Mock Clock now works!
  • Autotest now works!
  • Using the latest Jasmine!
  • Verbose mode tabs describe blocks much more accurately!
  • Now with more exclamation points!!


To install the latest official version, use NPM:

npm install jasmine-node -g

To install the latest bleeding edge version, clone this repository and check out the beta branch.


Write the specifications for your code in *.js and *.coffee files in the spec/ directory (note: your specification files must end with either .spec.js or; otherwise jasmine-node won't find them!). You can use sub-directories to better organise your specs.

If you have installed the npm package, you can run it with:

jasmine-node spec/

If you aren't using npm, you should add pwd/lib to the $NODE_PATH environment variable, then run:

node lib/jasmine-node/cli.js

You can supply the following arguments:

  • --autotest, provides automatic execution of specs after each change
  • --coffee, allow execution of .coffee specs
  • --color, indicates spec output should uses color to indicates passing (green) or failing (red) specs
  • --noColor, do not use color in the output
  • -m, --match REGEXP, match only specs comtaining "REGEXPspec"
  • --matchall, relax requirement of "spec" in spec file names
  • --verbose, verbose output as the specs are run
  • --junitreport, export tests results as junitreport xml format
  • --output FOLDER, defines the output folder for junitreport files
  • --teamcity, converts all console output to teamcity custom test runner commands. (Normally auto detected.)
  • --runWithRequireJs, loads all specs using requirejs instead of node's native require method
  • --requireJsSetup, file run before specs to include and configure RequireJS
  • --test-dir, the absolute root directory path where tests are located
  • --nohelpers, does not load helpers
  • --forceexit, force exit once tests complete

async tests

jasmine-node includes an alternate syntax for writing asynchronous tests. Accepting a done callback in the specification will trigger jasmine-node to run the test asynchronously waiting until the done() callback is called.

    it("should respond with hello world", function(done) {
      request("http://localhost:3000/hello", function(error, response, body){
        expect(body).toEqual("hello world");

An asynchronous test will fail after 5000 ms if done() is not called. This timeout can be changed by setting jasmine.DEFAULT_TIMEOUT_INTERVAL or by passing a timeout interval in the specification.

it("should respond with hello world", function(done) {
  request("http://localhost:3000/hello", function(error, response, body){
  }, 250);  // timeout after 250 ms

Checkout spec/SampleSpecs.js to see how to use it.


There is a sample project in /spec-requirejs. It is comprised of:

  1. requirejs-setup.js, this pulls in our wrapper template (next)
  2. requirejs-wrapper-template, this builds up requirejs settings
  3. requirejs.sut.js, this is a __Su__bject To __T__est, something required by requirejs
  4. requirejs.spec.js, the actual jasmine spec for testing


Install the dependent packages by running:

npm install

Run the specs before you send your pull request:

Note: Some tests are designed to fail in the After each of the individual runs completes, there is a line that lists what the expected Pass/Assert/Fail count should be. If you add/remove/edit tests, please be sure to update this with your PR.


  • 1.2.1 - Emergency fix for path reference missing
  • 1.2.0 - Fixed #149, #152, #171, #181, #195. --autotest now works as expected, jasmine clock now responds to the fake ticking as requested, and removed the path.exists warning
  • 1.1.1 - Fixed #173, #169 (Blocks were not indented in verbose properly, added more documentation to address #180
  • 1.1.0 - Updated Jasmine to 1.3.1, fixed fs missing, catching uncaught exceptions, other fixes
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