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Run jasmine specs headlessly through PhantomJS.

This is a fork of gruntjs/grunt-contrib-jasmine which aims to provide only what gruntjs/grunt-contrib-qunit provides--that is, running jasmine test runners through PhantomJS and nothing else.

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.

AMD Support

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

Customize your SpecRunner with your own template

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

Example application usage



Type: String|Array

Minimatch - This defines your source files. These are the files that you are testing.


Type: String|Array

Minimatch - These are your Jasmine specs.


Type: String|Array

Minimatch - These are third party libraries, generally loaded before anything else happens in your tests. You'll likely add things like jQuery and Backbone here.


Type: String|Array

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


Type: String Default: _SpecRunner.html

This is the auto-generated specfile that phantomjs will use to run your tests. This is automatically deleted upon normal runs


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: ''

This is 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

Specify a custom template used to generate your Spec Runner. Templates are 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: {}

These options will be passed to your template as an 'options' hash so that you can provide settings to your template.


Name: build

Turn on this flag in order to rebuild the specrunner without deleting it. This is useful when troublshooting 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'

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

  • 2013-02-23   v0.3.3   Added better console output (via Gabor Kiss @Neverl)
  • 2013-02-16   v0.3.2   Ensure Gruntfile.js is included on npm.
  • 2013-02-14   v0.3.1   First official release for Grunt 0.4.0.
  • 2013-01-21   v0.3.1rc7   Exposed phantom and sendMessage to templates
  • 2013-01-21   v0.3.0rc7   Updated dependencies for grunt v0.4.0rc6/rc7
  • 2013-01-07   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)
  • 2012-12-02   v0.2.0   Generalized requirejs template config Added loader plugin Tests for templates Updated jasmine to 1.3.0
  • 2012-11-23   v0.1.2   Updated for new grunt/grunt-contrib apis
  • 2012-11-06   v0.1.1   Fixed race condition in requirejs template
  • 2012-11-06   v0.1.0   Ported grunt-jasmine-runner and grunt-jasmine-task to grunt-contrib

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