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tape

tap-producing test harness for node and browsers

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tape

example

var test = require('tape');

test('timing test', function (t) {
    t.plan(2);

    t.equal(typeof Date.now, 'function');
    var start = Date.now();

    setTimeout(function () {
        t.equal(Date.now() - start, 100);
    }, 100);
});
$ node example/timing.js
TAP version 13
# timing test
ok 1 should be equal
not ok 2 should be equal
  ---
    operator: equal
    expected: 100
    actual:   107
  ...

1..2
# tests 2
# pass  1
# fail  1

usage

You always need to require('tape') in test files. You can run the tests by usual node means (require('test-file.js') or node test-file.js). You can also run tests using the tape binary to utilize globbing, on Windows for example:

$ tape tests/**/*.js

tape's arguments are passed to the glob module. If you want glob to perform the expansion on a system where the shell performs such expansion, quote the arguments as necessary:

$ tape 'tests/**/*.js'
$ tape "tests/**/*.js"

Preloading modules

Additionally, it is possible to make tape load one or more modules before running any tests, by using the -r or --require flag. Here's an example that loads babel-register before running any tests, to allow for JIT compilation:

$ tape -r babel-register tests/**/*.js

Depending on the module you're loading, you may be able to paramaterize it using environment variables or auxiliary files. Babel, for instance, will load options from .babelrc at runtime.

The -r flag behaves exactly like node's require, and uses the same module resolution algorithm. This means that if you need to load local modules, you have to prepend their path with ./ or ../ accordingly.

For example:

$ tape -r ./my/local/module tests/**/*.js

Please note that all modules loaded using the -r flag will run before any tests, regardless of when they are specified. For example, tape -r a b -r c will actually load a and c before loading b, since they are flagged as required modules.

things that go well with tape

tape maintains a fairly minimal core. Additional features are usually added by using another module alongside tape.

pretty reporters

The default TAP output is good for machines and humans that are robots.

If you want a more colorful / pretty output there are lots of modules on npm that will output something pretty if you pipe TAP into them:

To use them, try node test/index.js | tap-spec or pipe it into one of the modules of your choice!

uncaught exceptions

By default, uncaught exceptions in your tests will not be intercepted, and will cause tape to crash. If you find this behavior undesirable, use tape-catch to report any exceptions as TAP errors.

other

methods

The assertion methods in tape are heavily influenced or copied from the methods in node-tap.

var test = require('tape')

test([name], [opts], cb)

Create a new test with an optional name string and optional opts object. cb(t) fires with the new test object t once all preceeding tests have finished. Tests execute serially.

Available opts options are:

  • opts.skip = true/false. See test.skip.
  • opts.timeout = 500. Set a timeout for the test, after which it will fail. See test.timeoutAfter.

If you forget to t.plan() out how many assertions you are going to run and you don't call t.end() explicitly, your test will hang.

test.skip(name, cb)

Generate a new test that will be skipped over.

test.onFinish(fn)

The onFinish hook will get invoked when ALL tape tests have finished right before tape is about to print the test summary.

t.plan(n)

Declare that n assertions should be run. t.end() will be called automatically after the nth assertion. If there are any more assertions after the nth, or after t.end() is called, they will generate errors.

t.end(err)

Declare the end of a test explicitly. If err is passed in t.end will assert that it is falsey.

t.fail(msg)

Generate a failing assertion with a message msg.

t.pass(msg)

Generate a passing assertion with a message msg.

t.timeoutAfter(ms)

Automatically timeout the test after X ms.

t.skip(msg)

Generate an assertion that will be skipped over.

t.ok(value, msg)

Assert that value is truthy with an optional description message msg.

Aliases: t.true(), t.assert()

t.notOk(value, msg)

Assert that value is falsy with an optional description message msg.

Aliases: t.false(), t.notok()

t.error(err, msg)

Assert that err is falsy. If err is non-falsy, use its err.message as the description message.

Aliases: t.ifError(), t.ifErr(), t.iferror()

t.equal(actual, expected, msg)

Assert that actual === expected with an optional description msg.

Aliases: t.equals(), t.isEqual(), t.is(), t.strictEqual(), t.strictEquals()

t.notEqual(actual, expected, msg)

Assert that actual !== expected with an optional description msg.

Aliases: t.notEquals(), t.notStrictEqual(), t.notStrictEquals(), t.isNotEqual(), t.isNot(), t.not(), t.doesNotEqual(), t.isInequal()

t.deepEqual(actual, expected, msg)

Assert that actual and expected have the same structure and nested values using node's deepEqual() algorithm with strict comparisons (===) on leaf nodes and an optional description msg.

Aliases: t.deepEquals(), t.isEquivalent(), t.same()

t.notDeepEqual(actual, expected, msg)

Assert that actual and expected do not have the same structure and nested values using node's deepEqual() algorithm with strict comparisons (===) on leaf nodes and an optional description msg.

Aliases: t.notEquivalent(), t.notDeeply(), t.notSame(), t.isNotDeepEqual(), t.isNotDeeply(), t.isNotEquivalent(), t.isInequivalent()

t.deepLooseEqual(actual, expected, msg)

Assert that actual and expected have the same structure and nested values using node's deepEqual() algorithm with loose comparisons (==) on leaf nodes and an optional description msg.

Aliases: t.looseEqual(), t.looseEquals()

t.notDeepLooseEqual(actual, expected, msg)

Assert that actual and expected do not have the same structure and nested values using node's deepEqual() algorithm with loose comparisons (==) on leaf nodes and an optional description msg.

Aliases: t.notLooseEqual(), t.notLooseEquals()

t.throws(fn, expected, msg)

Assert that the function call fn() throws an exception. expected, if present, must be a RegExp or Function.

t.doesNotThrow(fn, expected, msg)

Assert that the function call fn() does not throw an exception.

t.test(name, [opts], cb)

Create a subtest with a new test handle st from cb(st) inside the current test t. cb(st) will only fire when t finishes. Additional tests queued up after t will not be run until all subtests finish.

You may pass the same options that test() accepts.

t.comment(message)

Print a message without breaking the tap output. (Useful when using e.g. tap-colorize where output is buffered & console.log will print in incorrect order vis-a-vis tap output.)

var htest = test.createHarness()

Create a new test harness instance, which is a function like test(), but with a new pending stack and test state.

By default the TAP output goes to console.log(). You can pipe the output to someplace else if you htest.createStream().pipe() to a destination stream on the first tick.

test.only(name, cb)

Like test(name, cb) except if you use .only this is the only test case that will run for the entire process, all other test cases using tape will be ignored

var stream = test.createStream(opts)

Create a stream of output, bypassing the default output stream that writes messages to console.log(). By default stream will be a text stream of TAP output, but you can get an object stream instead by setting opts.objectMode to true.

tap stream reporter

You can create your own custom test reporter using this createStream() api:

var test = require('tape');
var path = require('path');

test.createStream().pipe(process.stdout);

process.argv.slice(2).forEach(function (file) {
    require(path.resolve(file));
});

You could substitute process.stdout for whatever other output stream you want, like a network connection or a file.

Pass in test files to run as arguments:

$ node tap.js test/x.js test/y.js
TAP version 13
# (anonymous)
not ok 1 should be equal
  ---
    operator: equal
    expected: "boop"
    actual:   "beep"
  ...
# (anonymous)
ok 2 should be equal
ok 3 (unnamed assert)
# wheee
ok 4 (unnamed assert)

1..4
# tests 4
# pass  3
# fail  1

object stream reporter

Here's how you can render an object stream instead of TAP:

var test = require('tape');
var path = require('path');

test.createStream({ objectMode: true }).on('data', function (row) {
    console.log(JSON.stringify(row))
});

process.argv.slice(2).forEach(function (file) {
    require(path.resolve(file));
});

The output for this runner is:

$ node object.js test/x.js test/y.js
{"type":"test","name":"(anonymous)","id":0}
{"id":0,"ok":false,"name":"should be equal","operator":"equal","actual":"beep","expected":"boop","error":{},"test":0,"type":"assert"}
{"type":"end","test":0}
{"type":"test","name":"(anonymous)","id":1}
{"id":0,"ok":true,"name":"should be equal","operator":"equal","actual":2,"expected":2,"test":1,"type":"assert"}
{"id":1,"ok":true,"name":"(unnamed assert)","operator":"ok","actual":true,"expected":true,"test":1,"type":"assert"}
{"type":"end","test":1}
{"type":"test","name":"wheee","id":2}
{"id":0,"ok":true,"name":"(unnamed assert)","operator":"ok","actual":true,"expected":true,"test":2,"type":"assert"}
{"type":"end","test":2}

install

With npm do:

npm install tape --save-dev

license

MIT

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