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karma-browserify

A fast browserify integration for Karma that handles large projects with ease

karma-browserify

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karma-browserify is a fast Browserify integration for Karma that handles large projects with ease.

Installation

Get the plug-in via npm.

You will also need to install browserify and watchify (for auto-watch only) with it.

npm install --save-dev karma-browserify browserify watchify

Usage

Add browserify as a framework to your Karma configuration file. For each file that should be processed and bundled by Karma, configure the browserify preprocessor. Optionally use the browserify config entry to configure how the bundle gets created.

module.exports = function(karma) {
  karma.set({
 
    frameworks: [ 'browserify', 'jasmine', 'or', 'any', 'other', 'framework' ],
    files: ['test/**/*.js'],
    preprocessors: {
      'test/**/*.js': [ 'browserify' ]
    },
 
    browserify: {
      debug: true,
      transform: [ 'brfs' ]
    }
  });
}

Look at the example directory for a simple browserify + jasmine project that uses this plug-in.

Browserify Config

Test bundles can be configured through the browserify Karma configuration property. Configuration options are passed directly to browserify.

For example to generate source maps for easier debugging, specify:

    browserify: {
      debug: true
    }

There are three properties that are not passed directly:

Transforms

If you use CoffeeScript, JSX or other tools that need to transform the source file before bundling, specify a browserify transform (Karma preprocessors are not supported).

    browserify: {
      transform: [ 'reactify', 'coffeeify', 'brfs' ]
 
      // don't forget to register the extensions 
      extensions: ['.js', '.jsx', '.coffee']
    }

You can also specify options for the transformations:

    browserify: {
      transform: [ ['reactify', {'es6': true}], 'coffeeify', 'brfs' ]
    }

Plugins

The browserify plugin option supports the same syntax as transform.

    browserify: {
      plugin: [ 'stringify' ]
    }

Additional Bundle Configuration

You may perform additional configuration in a function passed as the configure option and that receives the browserify instance as an argument. A custom prebundle event is emitted on the bundle right before a bundling operation takes place. This is useful when setting up things like externals:

    browserify: {
      configure: function(bundle) {
        bundle.on('prebundle', function() {
          bundle.external('foobar');
        });
      }
    }

You'll also need to use the 'prebundle' event for full control over the order of transforms and plugins:

    browserify: {
      configure: function(bundle) {
        bundle.once('prebundle', function() {
          bundle.transform('babelify').plugin('proxyquireify/plugin');
        });
      }
    }

Note that transforms must only be added once.

Watchify Config

You can configure the underlying watchify instance via config.watchify. This is helpful if you need to fine tune the change detection used during autoWatch=true.

    watchify: {
      poll: true
    }

How it Works

This project is a preprocessor for Karma that combines test files and dependencies into a browserified bundle. It relies on watchify to generate the bundle and to keep it updated during autoWatch=true.

Before the initial test run we build one browserify bundle for all test cases and dependencies. Once any of the files change, it incrementally updates the bundle. Each file included in Karma is required from the file bundle via a stub. Thereby it ensures tests are only executed once per test run.

Detailed Configuration

The following code snippet shows a Karma configuration file with all browserify-related options.

module.exports = function(karma) {
  karma.set({
 
    // include browserify first in used frameworks 
    frameworks: [ 'browserify', 'jasmine' ],
 
    // add all your files here, 
    // including non-commonJS files you need to load before your test cases 
    files: [
      'some-non-cjs-library.js',
      'test/**/*.js'
    ],
 
    // add preprocessor to the files that should be 
    // processed via browserify 
    preprocessors: {
      'test/**/*.js': [ 'browserify' ]
    },
 
    // see what is going on 
    logLevel: 'LOG_DEBUG',
 
    // use autoWatch=true for quick and easy test re-execution once files change 
    autoWatch: true,
 
    // add additional browserify configuration properties here 
    // such as transform and/or debug=true to generate source maps 
    browserify: {
      debug: true,
      transform: [ 'brfs' ],
      configure: function(bundle) {
        bundle.on('prebundle', function() {
          bundle.external('foobar');
        });
      }
    }
  });
};

Related

Credit goes to to the original karma-browserify and karma-browserifast. This library builds on the lessons learned in these projects and offers improved configurability, speed and/or the ability to handle large projects.

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License

MIT