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    Creates a temporary folder inside cwd, cds inside the folder, runs a function, and removes the folder. Especially useful for testing.

    This package can be used to write file-based tests with real files. See below for some examples.


    # npm
    $ npm install with-local-tmp-dir
    # Yarn
    $ yarn add with-local-tmp-dir

    Basic Usage

    const withLocalTmpDir = require('with-local-tmp-dir')
    const fs = require('fs-extra')
    await withLocalTmpDir(() => {
      //> /Users/max/project/tmp-18815DudQxmdn03Rz
      // Create some files
      await fs.outputFile('foo.txt', 'foo bar')
      await fs.outputFile('bar.txt', 'foo bar')
    // Now the folder does not exist anymore
    // The folder is removed even if an exception is thrown
    await withLocalTmpDir(() => throw new Error('File could not be found'))


    You can specify an options object that is passed down to tmp-promise. Check the readme for details. Some default values are adjusted, but they still can be overridden.

    const withLocalTmpDir = require('with-local-tmp-dir')
    const fs = require('fs-extra')
    // run in a subfolder
    await withLocalTmpDir(() => {
      //> /Users/max/project/foo/tmp-18815DudQxmdn03Rz
    }, { dir: 'foo' })
    // do not cleanup if there are files
    await withLocalTmpDir(() => {
      await fs.outputFile('foo.txt', 'foo bar')
    }, { unsafeCleanup: false })
    // use a different prefix
    await withLocalTmpDir(() => {
      //> /Users/max/project/foo-18815DudQxmdn03Rz
    }, { prefix: 'foo' })

    Unit Tests with output-files and endent

    The most common use case for this package is probably unit tests with Mocha or Jest. The package itself is framework-agnostic, so you can use any of them. To make life easier when writing multiple files with multi-line text content, there are two handy packages: output-files and endent.

    The following is an example for Mocha:

    const withLocalTmpDir = require('with-local-tmp-dir')
    const outputFiles = require('output-files')
    const endent = require('endent')
    const funcToTest = require('.')
    it('works', () => withLocalTmpDir(async () => {
      await outputFiles({
        'foo.txt': endent`
          Lorem ipsum
          dolor sit
        'index.js': endent`
          export default {
            foo: 1,
            bar: 2,

    Git-Based Tests

    It is also possible to test libraries that make use of Git. You can instantiate a local Git repository inside the temporary folder and run Git operations on it:

    const withLocalTmpDir = require('with-local-tmp-dir')
    const fs = require('fs-extra')
    const execa = require('execa')
    it('works', () => withLocalTmpDir(async () => {
      await execa.command('git init')
      await execa.command('git config user.email "foo@bar.de"')
      await execa.command('git config user.name "foo"')
      await outputFile('foo.txt', 'foo bar')
      await execa.command('git add .')
      await execa.command('git commit -m "feat: init"')

    Be careful though, if the repository is not properly initialized, your user Git config might be overridden!


    Are you missing something or want to contribute? Feel free to file an issue or a pull request! ⚙️


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    See also

    • output-files: Output a tree of files and directories by providing an object. Especially useful for testing with real files.
    • expect-mocha-image-snapshot: A wrapper around jest-image-snapshot that makes it compatible to Mocha.
    • jest-image-matcher: A Jest matcher for image comparisons based on pixelmatch. Can also be used with Mocha. Useful for visual regression testing.
    • unify-mocha-output: Adjusts a Mocha output so that it is consistent across platforms and can be used for snapshot testing. Basically adjusts the checkmark symbol and removes time values.
    • mock-argv: Temporarily overrides the command line arguments. This is useful for testing.


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