JavaScript unit testing with Jasmine


Magento uses a custom Grunt task named spec to run Jasmine tests. The task collects the tests from <magento_root_dir>dev/tests/js/jasmine/tests and can be run for a theme.

Prepare environment

Step 1. Install Node.js.

Step 2. Install grunt-cli.

Step 3. In <magento_root_dir>, create Gruntfile.js and copy Gruntfile.js.sample into it.

Step 4. In <magento_root_dir>, create package.json and copy package.json.sample into it.

Step 5. In <magento_root_dir>, install all dependencies:

$ npm install

Step 6. In <magento_root_dir>, generate static view files in Magento

$ php bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy -f

Note that normally you don’t have permissions to <magento_root_dir>/app/code/, in fact the generated static view file is being tested.

For CentOS users

If the command fails with error message:

/var/www/html/magento2ce/node_modules/phantomjs-prebuilt/lib/phantom/bin/phantomjs: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

install fonctconfig library.

yum install fontconfig

Learn more in Deploy static view files.

Run tests

Gruntfile.js contains the test run task, so you can run tests for a theme using the following command in the Magento root directory:

$ grunt spec:<THEME>


$ grunt spec:backend

Write a test

All tests are distributed through modules stored in <magento_root_dir>/dev/tests/js/jasmine/tests. Let’s see how to write a test using an example of an existing test:


which tests a JS module:


in its static representations generated in Step 6 previously:


Step 1. Create a new file with name <fileName>.test.js in an appropriate module directory.

For convenience, we can reflect the directory structure of a file to test.

A path to JS module that we want to cover with tests: app/code/Magento/Ui/view/base/web/js/grid/columns/actions.js

A path to a test of the module: app/code/Magento/Ui/base/js/grid/columns/actions.test.js

In <magento_root_dir>/dev/tests/js/jasmine/tests create the test with appropriate path.

Step 2. Require a file that you want to test.

For our example we need to cover all static view files ending with Magento_Ui/js/grid/columns/actions.

], function (Actions) {
    'use strict';

    //Test code

Step 3. Write your Jasmine test code.

A Jasmine test consists of main two parts:

  • describe blocks
  • it blocks.

Both the describe and it functions contains two parameters:

  • a text string with description of what is going to be done
  • a function with block of code implementing described action

In describe you can use beforeEach and afterEach functions performing a preparation of what must be done before and after every it test followed.

See the full code of the test
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 * See COPYING.txt for license details.

], function (_, Actions) {
    'use strict';

    describe('ui/js/grid/columns/actions', function () {
        var model,

        beforeEach(function () {
            model = new Actions({
                index: 'actions',
                name: 'listing_action',
                indexField: 'id',
                dataScope: '',
                rows: [{
                    identifier: 'row'
            action = {
                index: 'delete',
                hidden: true,
                rowIndex: 0,
                callback: function() {
                    return true;

        it('Check addAction function', function () {
            expect(model.addAction('delete', action)).toBe(model);

        it('Check getAction function', function () {
            var someAction = _.clone(action);

            someAction.index = 'edit';
            model.addAction('edit', someAction);
            expect(model.getAction(0, 'edit')).toEqual(someAction);

        it('Check getVisibleActions function', function () {
            var someAction = _.clone(action);

            someAction.hidden = false;
            someAction.index= 'view';
            model.addAction('delete', action);
            model.addAction('view', someAction);

        it('Check updateActions function', function () {

        it('Check applyAction function', function () {
            model.addAction('delete', action);
            expect(model.applyAction('delete', 0)).toEqual(model);

        it('Check isSingle and isMultiple function', function () {
            var someAction = _.clone(action);

            action.hidden = false;
            model.addAction('delete', action);
            someAction.hidden = false;
            someAction.index = 'edit';
            model.addAction('edit', someAction);

        it('Check isActionVisible function', function () {
            action.hidden = false;

This topic doesn’t provide Jasmine test writing methodology.

Learn more about testing with Jasmine.