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🥒 Cucumber.js Extra

Additional tools, utilities, and capabilities for Cucumber.js.

  • Manage all of your profiles with a YAML file (no more annoying CLI arguments!)
  • Additional hooks including BeforeStep, AfterStep, and BeforeValue.
  • Configurable delays and retry handling for steps.
  • Enhanced type handling for step definition arguments.
  • Template engine support for step definition arguments.
My friend: Can you not be extra for 10 minutes? Me 11 minutes later (bird in a vegetable costume)

Installation and Setup

  1. Install cucumber and cucumber-extra:
npm install cucumber cucumber-extra --save

Note: Cucumber.js 5.0.0 and above is supported.

  1. Create a ./cucumber.js file in your project and set it to the following:
module.exports = require('cucumber-extra/init');

If you already have a ./cucumber.js file: Don't panic! You won't be needing it anymore 😎

  1. Create a ./cucumber-extra.yaml file in your project. You can configure all the things here (including those profiles you used to keep in the ./cucumber.js file).

Congratulations on being extra! 🎉

Simple Profile Management

This package provides a convinient way of managing one or more profiles in YAML, making it simple to keep track of step definition libraries, languages, formatters, and other configurable options in your test project.

Here is an example of configuring all possible command-line options through profiles. You can omit this section entirely or only add the parameters you wish to change:

        backtrace: false
        dryRun: false
        exit: false
        failFast: false
        - progress
        - summary
            option1: test
        language: ISO 639-1
        noStrict: true
        order: defined
        parallel: 3
        - some/file.js
        - some/directory
        - some/glob/pattern/**/*.js
        - module1
        - module2
        retry: 3
        retryTagFilter: "@retry"
        tags: "not @ignore"
            param1: test

You can define one or more profiles here, and then use the --profile <name> flag to specify it when you run ./node_modules/.bin/cucumber-js. For more information on command-line parameters, review the Cucumber.js CLI documentation.


This package implements a step definition wrapper using setDefinitionFunctionWrapper in order to provide step-level hooks and the ability to modify step definition arguments at runtime. This wrapper is compatible with synchronous and asynchronous step definitions, and supports both callbacks and promises.

const { BeforeStep, AfterStep, BeforeValue } = require('cucumber-extra');
// runs before every step.
BeforeStep(function({ pickle, args }) {
    // use `this` to reference the current scenario context here.    
// runs after every step.
AfterStep(function({ pickle, args, err, result }) {
    // use `this` to reference the current scenario context here.
// runs for every argument and table header and value.
// Example: make all step definition arguments upper case strings.
BeforeValue(value => `${value}`.toUpperCase());

Step Delays and Retries

Add the following section to your cucumber-extra.yaml file:

        # (default: 0) the number of milliseconds to wait before a step is executed. 
        before: 1000
        # (default: 0) the number of milliseconds to wait after a step is executed. 
        after: 1000
        # (default: 0) the number of times to attempt to retry a step or hook if it fails.         
        count: 3
        # (default: 0) the number of milliseconds to wait before retrying a step. 
        delay: 1000
        # (default: 0) the number of milliseconds to add to the delay on each retry attempt. 
        backoff: 2000

Type Handling

Add the following section to your cucumber-extra.yaml file:

    # (default: true) whether or not type handling is enabled. 
    enabled: true
    # the supported types. 
        # (default: true) convert number-like strings into numbers. 
        numbers: true
        # (default: true) parse JSON strings into objects or arrays. 
        json: true
        # (default: true) convert known keywords (null, true, false) into their literal values. 
        keywords: true
        # (default: true) support for wrapping strings in single or double quotes. 
        # Note: this allows you to specify whitespace strings inside of gherkin tables! 
        literals: true
    # (default: true) remove any hidden or zero-width spaces. 
    stripHiddenSpaces: true


This package allows for all step definition parameters including tables to be processed through a templating engine, which allows for the scenario context and any other relevant sources of data to be referenced directly from the feature file. Common uses for this functionality include:

  • Handling identifiers which change for every test
  • Updating information based on data generated earlier in the scenario
  • Creating more flexible and reusable step definitions

Supported Engines

Add the following section to your cucumber-extra.yaml file:

    # (default: true) whether or not to enable templates. 
    enabled: true
    # (default: handlebars) which template engine to use. 
    engine: handlebars

Using templating in a scenario:

Scenario: creating and then modifying an object
Given a "user" object is created in the system:
| name |
| Rob  |
When object "{{}}" is updated:
| name                   |
| {{}}ert |

Note: the scenario context this is automatically added to the template context.

Adding additional objects to the templating context:

const { addContext } = require('cucumber-extra');
// load your config into the context to reuse commonly needed values

Processing a value with the type and templating system:

const { processValue } = require('cucumber-extra');
contexts = []; // additional context objects to add.
const value = getValue("{{someValue}}", ...contexts);

Adding a custom templating engine:

const { addEngine } = require('cucumber-extra');
addEngine('custom-engine', (value, context) => {
    let result = value;
    // ... do something with the value and the context.
    return result;

Template engines such as lodash templates and ejs are not supported out-of-the-box because they encourage the use of embedded javascript, which should be avoided if possible.



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