A Test Driven Development framework for Javascript.


A Test Driven Development framework for Javascript. TDD aims to provide a very simple test running environment, that mimics jUnit. It doesn't provide any sort of assertion framework, and it's not going to fold your clothes either. Just a few nice conventions to make testing JS a bit simpler.


node and npm


  1. npm install tdd
  2. Create config/tdd.json within your project root.
  3. Set the appropritate values within the config file.
  4. $(npm bin)/tdd

It's really that simple.


TDD uses config-tools to look for a config/tdd.json file within your project root.

The following is an example config file:



By default, TDD assumes that each file under src/js will have an accompanying unit test under the test/units directory. A default project structure looks like this:

            |       |
            |       |____js/
            |              |
            |              |__MyFile.js
                     |         |
                     |         |__MyFile.js

TDD is then able to report that you have 100% code coverage, and will run tests in units/MyFile.js against src/MyFile.js

Sample Test Suite

Here is a sample test suite. The inspiration comes from jUnit 3.x, so the following holds true:

  • if a function marked before exists within your Test Suite, it will be executed before any test
  • if a function marked after exists within your Test Suite, it will be executed after any test
  • any function prefixed with test_ is considered a test.
  • throwing an error of any sort fails a test.
var factory;
function before(){
   factory = new AppFactory();
function after(){
function test_TDDEvaluator_should_be_creatable(){
   TDDEvaluator = function(){};
   if(!(factory.makeTDDEvaluator() instanceof TDDEvaluator)){
      throw 5
function test_UnitTestResolver_should_be_creatable(){
   UnitTestResolver = function(){};
   if(!(factory.makeUnitTestResolver() instanceof UnitTestResolver)){
      throw 5
function test_UnitTestReporter_should_be_creatable(){
   UnitTestReporter = function(){};
   if(!(factory.makeUnitTestReporter() instanceof UnitTestReporter)){
      throw 5
function test_UnitTestRunner_should_be_creatable(){
   UnitTestRunner = function(){};
   if(!(factory.makeUnitTestRunner() instanceof UnitTestRunner)){
      throw 5

And here's the source file:

 * @constructor
 * @param {Object} fsModule
 * @param {Object} pathModule
function AppFactory(fsModule, pathModule){
   /** @return {TDDEvaluator} */
      return new TDDEvaluator();
    * @param {string} sourcePath
    * @param {string} unitPath
    * @return {TDDEvaluator}
   this.makeUnitTestResolver=function(sourcePath, unitPath){
      return new UnitTestResolver(
    * @param {Array} sources
    * @param {Array} units
    * @return {UnitTestReporter}
   this.makeUnitTestReporter=function(sources, units){
      return new UnitTestReporter(sources, units);
    * @param {TDDEvaluator} evaluator
    * @param {UnitTestReporter} reporter
    * @param {UnitTestResolver} resolver
    * @returns {UnitTestRunner}
   this.makeUnitTestRunner=function(evaluator, reporter, resolver){
      return new UnitTestRunner(evaluator, reporter, resolver);


TDD aims to provide support for three types of reports:

  • CLI
  • jUnit XML
  • TestNG XML

The two latter types would enable integration with a CI server like Hudson or Jenkins.

Here's what a sample report looks like from the CLI:

Sources Tested: 30%
Suites  Run   : 3
Tests   Run   : 11, Tests Failed: 1, Tests Passed: 10
Testsuite : AppFactory.js
Tests run : 5, Failures : 1, Successes : 4
   FAILED : test_ImportResolver_should_be_creatable
          : asdf
Testsuite : ImportResolver.js
Tests run : 3, Failures : 0, Successes : 3
Testsuite : TDDEvaluator.js
Tests run : 3, Failures : 0, Successes : 3

Here's what a junit report looks like for hudson and jenkins:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<testsuite errors="0" failures="1" name="AppFactory.js" tests="5">
   <testcase classname="AppFactory.js"
      <failure type="">asdf</failure>
   <testcase classname="AppFactory.js"
   <testcase classname="AppFactory.js"
   <testcase classname="AppFactory.js"
   <testcase classname="AppFactory.js"