A simple SBT plugin to automate the running QUnit javascript tests
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A simple plugin for running QUnit tests through sbt. The QUnit tests are run directly on a webpage. This allows you to exercise the code under test in exactly the same way it will be run.

#Building from source

git clone git@github.com:ssanj/Shortbread.git
cd Shortbread

#Declaring the plugin

In the project where you want to use Shortbread add it as a dependency to the plugin configuration found in project/plugins/Plugins.scala:

import sbt._

class Plugins(info:ProjectInfo) extends PluginDefinition(info) {
  //update the version to the current latest version
  val shortbread = "com.github.ssanj" % "shortbread" % "0.0.12"

#Configuring a simple project

Mixin the ShortbreadPlugin trait into your project definition and customize options as needed:

import sbt._
import shortbread._
import shortbread.DefaultDrivers._

class Project(info:ProjectInfo) extends DefaultWebProject(info) with ShortbreadPlugin {
  //Use only the firefox driver. See Configuration options for a full list of options
  override def driverSeq:Seq[NamedDriver] = Seq(DefaultFoxConfig.webDriver)  

#Default Configuration

By default QUnit test in src/test/webapp/scripts/*.html files are executed using the Firefox and Chrome drivers. You can override these defaults if you wish. See Configuration options.


To update page and script load timeouts, create your custom drivers and add them to the driverSeq. See DefaultDrivers for example configurations.

#Running Shortbread

Once you have updated both your Plugin and Project configurations: launch sbt #this should download the shortbread plugin from your local repo actions #look for the 'shob' action shob #this will run the shortbread plugin

#Sample output

> shob
[info] == shob ==
[info] Running scripts from: /home/sanj/projects/tools/SBT/Shortbread-Sample/src/test/webapp/scripts
[info] Using Firefox driver >>>
[info] Running -> file:///home/sanj/projects/tools/SBT/Shortbread-Sample/src/test/webapp/scripts/jquery-core-tests.html
[info] total: 35, passed: 35, failed: 0
[info] Running -> file:///home/sanj/projects/tools/SBT/Shortbread-Sample/src/test/webapp/scripts/qunit-website-example.html
[error] Module -> Module B
[error] TestCase -> some other test
[error] Test -> fixed failing test
[error] Expected: false, Received: true
[error] Source -> ()@file:///home/sanj/projects/tools/SBT/Shortbread-Sample/src/test/webapp/scripts/qunit-website-example.html:32
[info] total: 6, passed: 5, failed: 1
[info] == shob ==
[error] Error running shob: There were test failures

#Configuration options

The following are the configuration options and defaults defined for Shortbread. You can override any options you wish. Be sure to reload if you change any configuration options.

Name of the scripts directory def scriptDirectoryName = "scripts"

Location of the test files [default -> src/test/webapp/scripts] def testScriptPath: Path = sourceDirectoryName / testDirectoryName / webappDirectoryName / scriptDirectoryName

Files that contain the QUnit tests def scriptFiles = "*.html"

The set of files that are executed def scriptFileSet: PathFinder = testScriptPath ** scriptFiles

Should the browsers exit at the end of the tests? def exitOnCompletion = true

Browsers to use [default -> Firefox and Chrome] def driverSeq:Seq[NamedDriver] = Seq(DefaultFoxConfig.webDriver, DefaultChromeConfig.webDriver)

#Configuring different browser combinations

For custom driver configurations please see Selenium Webdriver doco and supply your custom driver to the driverSeq option. See DefaultDrivers for example configurations.

#Selecting which browsers to run

If you have only some of the default browsers installed on your system, customize the driverSeq option to include only browsers you have.

Eg. If you only have the Chrome browser installed on your system add this to your project file: override def driverSeq:Seq[NamedDriver] = Seq(DefaultChromeConfig.webDriver)


Example use of the plugin can be found in: Shortbread-Sample



When running IE, your default security settings prevent javascript from being executed without user intervention. This will lead to all tests failing (incorrectly).

A workaround is to:

  • Go to IE
  • Click on the "Tools" menu -> go to Internet Options...
  • When the dialog box comes up click on the "Advanced" tab.
  • Scroll down to the Security setting
  • Select the second option "Allow active content to run in files on My Computer."

##Firefox on MACOS

I found on the Mac that the firefox executable is not on the PATH. (as in you can't type firefox at the commandline and have it launch).

You may seen an error such as this:

[error] Error running shob: Cannot find firefox binary in PATH. Make sure firefox is installed. OS appears to be: MAC

[error] System info: os.name: 'Mac OS X', os.arch: 'x86_64', os.version: '10.6.6', java.version: '1.6.0_22'

A simple fix is to create a symlinc called "firefox" and put it in one the directories in your current PATH variable. Firefox is usually installed under -> /Applications/Firefox.app/Content/MacOS/ with firefox-bin being the executable.

Assuming your /usr/local/bin directory is on the PATH variable you can do the following:

cd /usr/local/bin
ln -s /Applications/Firefox.app/Content/MacOS/firefox-bin firefox

This will allow you to launch your Firefox browser from the commandline as well as from Shortbread.