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☕️ Run Mocha tests using headless Google Chrome


mocha-chrome requires Node v8.0.0 or higher.

mocha-chrome is a development tool, which means you can use tools like NVM and nodenv to manage your installed versions, and temporarily switch to v8+ to run tests on your machine. Most modern CI environments also support specifying the version of Node to run.

Getting Started

To begin, you'll need to install mocha-chrome:

$ npm install mocha-chrome --save-dev

Then you'll need a local npm install of mocha:

$ npm install mocha --save-dev

To run the tests, you'll need an HTML file with some basics:

    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="../../node_modules/mocha/mocha.css" />
    <script src="../../node_modules/mocha/mocha.js"></script> 
    <script src="../../node_modules/chai/chai.js"></script> 
    <div id="mocha"></div>
      expect = chai.expect;
      // add tests here;

You can then add your tests either through an external script file or inline within a <script> tag. Running the tests is easy, either with the CLI binary, or programmatically.


$ mocha-chrome --help
    $ mocha-chrome <file.html> [options]
    --chrome-flags              A JSON string representing an array of flags to pass to Chrome
    --chrome-launcher           Chrome launcher options (see
    --ignore-console            Suppress console logging
    --ignore-exceptions         Suppress exceptions logging
    --ignore-resource-errors    Suppress resource error logging
    --log-level                 Specify a log level; trace, debug, info, warn, error
    --mocha                     A JSON string representing a config object to pass to Mocha
    --no-colors                 Disable colors in Mocha's output
    --reporter                  Specify the Mocha reporter to use
    --timeout                   Specify the test startup timeout to use
  $ mocha-chrome test.html --no-colors
  $ mocha-chrome test.html --reporter dot
  $ mocha-chrome test.html --mocha '\{"ui":"tdd"\}'
  $ mocha-chrome test.html --chrome-flags '["--some-flag", "--and-another-one"]'
  $ mocha-chrome test.html --chrome-launcher.maxConnectionRetries=10


mocha-chrome is technically an event emitter. Due to the asynchronous nature of nearly every interaction with headless Chrome, a simple event bus is used to handle actions from the browser. You have access to those events if running mocha-chrome programatically.

Example usage can be found in both test.js and bin/mocha-chrome.


Fired to indicate that mocha-chrome should configure mocha.


Fired when all tests have ended.


stats : object - A Mocha stats object. eg:

  suites: 1,
  tests: 1,
  passes: 1,
  pending: 0,
  failures: 0,
  start: '2017-08-03T02:12:02.007Z',
  end: '2017-08-03T02:12:02.017Z',
  duration: 10


Fired to indicate that the mocha script in the client has been loaded.


Fired when a resource fails to load.

##### Parameters data : object - An object containing information about the resource. eg:

{ url, method, reason }


Fired when a resource fails to load.

##### Parameters tests : number - The number of tests being run.


Fired to indicate that mocha-chrome should inform mocha of the width of the current console/terminal.



Reporters are limited to those which don't use process.stdout.write to manipulate terminal output. eg. spec, xunit, etc. Examples of reporters which don't presently produce expected output formatting include dot and nyan. The cause of this limitation is the lack of a good means to pipe Mocha's built-in stdout.write through the Chrome Devtools Protocol to mocha-chrome.

Third-Party Reporters

Third party reporters are not currently supported, but support is planned. Contribution on that effort is of course welcome.

Cookies and the file:// Protocol

Chrome has long-since disabled cookies for files loaded via the file:// protocol. The once-available --enable-file-cookies has been removed and we're left with few options. If you're in need of cookie support for your local-file test, you may use the following snippet, which will shim document.cookie with very basic support:

  Object.defineProperty(document, 'cookie', {
    get: function () {
      return this.value || '';
    set: function (cookie) {
      cookie = cookie || '';
      const cutoff = cookie.indexOf(';');
      const pair = cookie.substring(0, cutoff >= 0 ? cutoff : cookie.length);
      const cookies = this.value ? this.value.split('') : [];
      return this.value = cookies.join('');

Continuous Integration

Circle CI

Running on Circle CI requires that Chrome is installed and running in the container your tests are running within. Please refer to this article for details: Alternatively, you can use a pre-built CircleCI image with browsers installed. You'll have to choose a tag with the -browsers suffix from the full tag list.

Travis CI

Please refer to the "Running it all on Travis CI" portion of the guide on Automated testing with Headless Chrome from Google. Though the article primarily addresses Karma, the setup for Travis CI is identical.

As of January 8th, 2018, Travis CI has upgraded from Trusty -> Xenial to address the Meltdown security vulnerability. There are issues with Chrome in Xenial that can currently be worked around with sudo: required. At some point this workaround may be removable. For the near term, please add sudo: required to Travis CI configuration files. See travis-ci/travis-ci#8836. Credit: @smalls.

Testing mocha-chrome

$ npm test

Yep, that's it.


We welcome your contributions! Please have a read of CONTRIBUTING.


I'd like to thank @nathanboktae for his work on mocha-phantomjs and mocha-phantomjs-core; two projects I've used extensively over the years, and from which the inspiration for this module originates. Many of the nuances of working with mocha in a hosted or connected browser environment were solved within mocha-phantomjs-core and I am personally grateful.




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