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This node.js module makes the wonderful Pivotal Lab's jasmine spec framework (version 1) available in node.js.

Project status

This project is now in maintenance mode. It is recommended to use the jasmine or jasmine-npm package whenever possible.


Version 1.3.1 of Jasmine is currently included with node-jasmine. This is a forked version from the Karma project, which allows you to use the ddescribe and iit functions to run individual suites or specs.

NOTICE: BETA 2.0.0 Support in the Jasmine2.0 branch (with rewrite in CoffeeScript) is now abandoned and no longer supported.

Supported Node.js versions

  • Current:
    • 10
    • 12
  • Deprecated:
    • 8 (EOL in December 2019)
    • 6 (already past EOL)
    • 4 (already past EOL)

Older versions of Node.js are no longer supported. It is highly recommended to upgrade to a supported version of Node.js.

what's new

  • Growl notifications with the --growl flag (requires Growl to be installed)
  • Ability to test specs written in Literate CoffeeScript
  • Teamcity Reporter reinstated.
  • Ability to specify multiple files to test via list in command line
  • Ability to suppress stack trace with --noStack
  • Async tests now run in the expected context instead of the global one
  • --config flag that allows you to assign variables to process.env
  • Terminal Reporters are now available in the Jasmine Object #184
  • Done is now available in all timeout specs #199
  • afterEach is available in requirejs #179
  • Editors that replace instead of changing files should work with autotest #198
  • Jasmine Mock Clock now works!
  • Autotest now works!
  • Using the latest Jasmine!
  • Verbose mode tabs describe blocks much more accurately!
  • --coffee now allows specs written in Literate CoffeeScript (.litcoffee)


To install the latest official version, use NPM:

npm install jasmine-node -g

To install the latest bleeding edge version, clone this repository and check out the beta branch.


Write the specifications for your code in *.js and *.coffee files in the spec/ directory. You can use sub-directories to better organise your specs. In the specs use describe(), it() etc. exactly as you would in client-side jasmine specs.

Note: your specification files must be named as *spec.js, *spec.coffee or *spec.litcoffee, which matches the regular expression /spec\.(js|coffee|litcoffee)$/i; otherwise jasmine-node won't find them! For example, sampleSpecs.js is wrong, sampleSpec.js is right.

If you have installed the npm package, you can run it with:

jasmine-node spec/

If you aren't using npm, you should add pwd/lib to the $NODE_PATH environment variable, then run:

node lib/jasmine-node/cli.js

You can supply the following arguments:

  • --autotest, provides automatic execution of specs after each change
  • --watch, when used with --autotest, paths after --watch will be watched for changes, allowing to watch for changes outside of specs directory
  • --coffee, allow execution of .coffee and .litcoffee specs
  • --color, indicates spec output should uses color to indicates passing (green) or failing (red) specs
  • --noColor, do not use color in the output
  • -m, --match REGEXP, match only specs containing "REGEXPspec"
  • --matchall, relax requirement of "spec" in spec file names
  • --verbose, verbose output as the specs are run
  • --junitreport, export tests results as junitreport xml format
  • --output FOLDER, defines the output folder for junitreport files
  • --teamcity, converts all console output to teamcity custom test runner commands. (Normally auto detected.)
  • --growl, display test run summary in a growl notification (in addition to other outputs)
  • --runWithRequireJs, loads all specs using requirejs instead of node's native require method
  • --requireJsSetup, file run before specs to include and configure RequireJS
  • --test-dir, the absolute root directory path where tests are located
  • --nohelpers, does not load helpers
  • --forceexit, force exit once tests complete
  • --captureExceptions, listen to global exceptions, report them and exit (interferes with Domains in NodeJs, so do not use if using Domains as well
  • --config NAME VALUE, set a global variable in process.env
  • --noStack, suppress the stack trace generated from a test failure

Individual files to test can be added as bare arguments to the end of the args.


jasmine-node --coffee spec/AsyncSpec.coffee spec/CoffeeSpec.coffee spec/SampleSpec.js

async tests

jasmine-node includes an alternate syntax for writing asynchronous tests. Accepting a done callback in the specification will trigger jasmine-node to run the test asynchronously waiting until the done() callback is called.

var request = require('request');
it("should respond with hello world", function(done) {
  request("http://localhost:3000/hello", function(error, response, body){
    expect(body).toEqual("hello world");

An asynchronous test will fail after 5000 ms if done() is not called. This timeout can be changed by setting jasmine.getEnv().defaultTimeoutInterval or by passing a timeout interval in the specification.

var request = require('request');
it("should respond with hello world", function(done) {
  request("http://localhost:3000/hello", function(error, response, body){
}, 250); // timeout after 250 ms


var request = require('request');
jasmine.getEnv().defaultTimeoutInterval = 500;
it("should respond with hello world", function(done) {
  request("http://localhost:3000/hello", function(error, response, body){
  });  // timeout after 500 ms

Checkout spec/SampleSpecs.js to see how to use it.


There is a sample project in /spec-requirejs. It is comprised of:

  1. requirejs-setup.js, this pulls in our wrapper template (next)
  2. requirejs-wrapper-template, this builds up requirejs settings
  3. requirejs.sut.js, this is a __SU__bject To __T__est, something required by requirejs
  4. requirejs.spec.js, the actual jasmine spec for testing

To run it:

node lib/jasmine-node/cli.js --runWithRequireJs --requireJsSetup ./spec-requirejs/requirejs-setup.js ./spec-requirejs/


Often you'll want to capture an uncaught exception and log it to the console, this is accomplished by using the --captureExceptions flag. Exceptions will be reported to the console, but jasmine-node will attempt to recover and continue. It was decided to not change the current functionality until 2.0. So, until then, jasmine-node will still return 0 and continue on without this flag.


You require a module, but it doesn't exist, ie require('Q') instead of require('q'). Jasmine-Node reports the error to the console, but carries on and returns 0. This messes up Travis-CI because you need it to return a non-zero status while doing CI tests.


Before --captureExceptions

> jasmine-node --coffee spec
> echo $status

Run jasmine node with the --captureExceptions flag.

> jasmine-node --coffee --captureExceptions spec
> echo $status

growl notifications

Jasmine node can display Growl notifications of test run summaries in addition to other reports. Growl must be installed separately, see node-growl for platform-specific instructions. Pass the --growl flag to enable the notifications.


Install the dependent packages by running:

npm install

Run the specs before you send your pull request:


Note: Some tests are designed to fail in the specs.sh. After each of the individual runs completes, there is a line that lists what the expected Pass/Assert/Fail count should be. If you add/remove/edit tests, please be sure to update this with your PR.


  • 1.16.2 Back to jasmine-growl-reporter@~0.2.0 (needed by Node.js pre-4.0)
  • 1.16.1 Use ~ instead of ^ in dependencies (may be needed by some really old npm versions)
  • 1.16.0 Fix dependencies to prevent major package updates
  • 1.15.0 Switch to coffeescript package
  • 1.14.6 Update dependencies to resolve npm audit issues
  • 1.14.5 Using ~ instead of ^ for reporter version (thanks to Maxim-Filimonov)
  • 1.14.4 Rolled back jasmine reporter version (thanks to tjmcduffie)
  • 1.14.3 Added 'onComplete' callback to TeamCityReporter (thanks to JoergFiedler)
  • 1.14.2 Uhhh...not sure what happened here.
  • 1.14.1 Default to noColors if not in a TTY
  • 1.14.0 Add support for iit, ddescribe (thanks to mgcrea)
  • 1.13.1 Add coffee-script support for 1.7.x (thanks to nathancarter)
  • 1.13.0 Added timing to the verbose reporter (thanks to rick-kilgore)
  • 1.12.1 Fixed an issue where an undefined variable caused an unhelpful exception in --watch Resolves #278
  • 1.12.0
    • Changed util.print to stdout.write (thanks to nrstott)
    • Don’t affect line numbers with --requireJsSetup (thanks to daviddaurelio)
    • Catch errors when loading helpers (thanks to pimterry)
    • Keep autotesting until all tests have passed (thanks to notclive)
  • 1.11.0 Added Growl notification option --growl (thanks to AlphaHydrae)
  • 1.10.2 Restored stack filter which was accidentally removed (thanks to kevinsawicki)
  • 1.10.1 beforeEach and afterEach now properly handle the async-timeout function
  • 1.10.0 Skipped tests now show in the terminal reporter's output (thanks to kevinsawicki)
  • 1.9.1 Timeout now consistent between Async and Non-Async Calls (thanks to codemnky)
  • 1.9.0 Now re-throwing the file-not-found error, added info to README.md, printing version with --version
  • 1.8.1 Fixed silent failure due to invalid REGEX (thanks to pimterry)
  • 1.8.0 Fixed bug in autotest with multiple paths and added --watch feature (thanks to davegb3)
  • 1.7.1 Removed unneeded fs dependency (thanks to kevinsawicki) Fixed broken fs call in node 0.6 (thanks to abe33)
  • 1.7.0 Literate CoffeeScript now testable (thanks to magicmoose)
  • 1.6.0 Teamcity Reporter Reinstated (thanks to bhcleek)
  • 1.5.1 Missing files and require exceptions will now report instead of failing silently
  • 1.5.0 Now takes multiple files for execution. (thanks to abe33)
  • 1.4.0 Optional flag to suppress stack trace on test failure (thanks to Lastalas)
  • 1.3.1 Fixed context for async tests (thanks to omryn)
  • 1.3.0 Added --config flag for changeable testing environments
  • 1.2.3 Fixed #179, #184, #198, #199. Fixes autotest, afterEach in requirejs, terminal reporter is in jasmine object, done function missing in async tests
  • 1.2.2 Revert Exception Capturing to avoid Breaking Domain Tests
  • 1.2.1 Emergency fix for path reference missing
  • 1.2.0 Fixed #149, #152, #171, #181, #195. --autotest now works as expected, jasmine clock now responds to the fake ticking as requested, and removed the path.exists warning
  • 1.1.1 Fixed #173, #169 (Blocks were not indented in verbose properly, added more documentation to address #180
  • 1.1.0 Updated Jasmine to 1.3.1, fixed fs missing, catching uncaught exceptions, other fixes



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