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The assert module from Node.js, for the browser.

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With browserify, simply require('assert') or use the assert global and you will get this module.

The goal is to provide an API that is as functionally identical to the Node.js assert API as possible. Read the official docs for API documentation.


To use this module directly (without browserify), install it as a dependency:

npm install assert

Inconsistencies with Node.js assert

Due to differences between browsers, some error properties such as message and stack will be inconsistent. However the assertion behaviour is as close as possible to Node.js and the same error code will always be used.

Usage with bundlers that don't automatically include polyfills for Node.js APIs

Bundlers like webpack 5 and Vite.js (and possibly others) don't automatically include polyfills for Node.js APIs. Like most packages on npm, this module depends on other Node.js APIs, so it won't work with these bundlers without also including a polyfill for the process Node.js global. You can use this library to polyfill the process global.

Note that this is not a flaw in this package - this package will work without any manual configuration with browserify and webpack 4 and other working bundlers. Unfortunately, some bundlers decided to require an explicit allow-list of all Node.js API specific packages instead of having them work out of the box, hence the incompatibility. See for some more context.


To contribute, work on the source files. Then build and run the tests against the built files. Be careful to not introduce syntax that will be transpiled down to unsupported syntax. For example, for...of loops will be transpiled to use Symbol.iterator which is unavailable in IE.

Build scripts

npm run build

Builds the project into the build dir.

npm run dev

Watches source files for changes and rebuilds them into the build dir.

npm run test

Builds the source files into the build dir and then runs the tests against the built project.

npm run test:nobuild

Runs the tests against the built project without rebuilding first.

This is useful if you're debugging in the transpiled code and want to re-run the tests without overwriting any changes you may have made.

npm run test:source

Runs the tests against the unbuilt source files.

This will only work on modern Node.js versions.

npm run test:browsers

Run browser tests against the all targets in the cloud.

Requires airtap credentials to be configured on your machine.

npm run test:browsers:local

Run a local browser test server. No airtap configuration required.

When paired with npm run dev any changes you make to the source files will be automatically transpiled and served on the next request to the test server.


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