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Running JavaScript Unit Tests in AppVeyor

· 3 min read
John Reilly
OSS Engineer - TypeScript, Azure, React, Node.js, .NET

With a little help from Chutzpah...

AppVeyor (if you're not aware of it) is a Continuous Integration provider. If you like, it's plug-and-play CI for .NET developers. It's lovely. And what's more it's "free for open-source projects with public repositories hosted on GitHub and BitBucket". Boom! I recently hooked up 2 of my GitHub projects with AppVeyor. It took me all of... 10 minutes. If that? It really is *that* good.

But.... There had to be a "but" otherwise I wouldn't have been writing the post you're reading. For a little side project of mine called Proverb there were C# unit tests and there were JavaScript unit tests. And the JavaScript unit tests weren't being run... No fair!!!

Chutzpah is a JavaScript test runner which at this point runs QUnit, Jasmine and Mocha JavaScript tests. I use the Visual Studio extension to run Jasmine tests on my machine during development. I've also been able to use Chutzpah for CI purposes with Visual Studio Online / Team Foundation Server. So what say we try and do the triple and make it work with AppVeyor too?

NuGet me?

In order that I could run Chutzpah I needed Chutzpah to be installed on the build machine. So I had 2 choices:

  1. Add Chutzpah direct to the repo
  2. Add the Chutzpah Nuget package to the solution

Unsurprisingly I chose #2 - much cleaner.

Now to use Chutzpah

Time to dust down the PowerShell. I created myself a "before tests script" and added it to my build. It looked a little something like this:

# Locate Chutzpah

$ChutzpahDir = get-childitem chutzpah.console.exe -recurse | select-object -first 1 | select -expand Directory

# Run tests using Chutzpah and export results as JUnit format to chutzpah-results.xml

$ChutzpahCmd = "$($ChutzpahDir)\chutzpah.console.exe $($env:APPVEYOR_BUILD_FOLDER)\AngularTypeScript\Proverb.Web.Tests.JavaScript /junit .\chutzpah-results.xml"
Write-Host $ChutzpahCmd
Invoke-Expression $ChutzpahCmd

# Upload results to AppVeyor one by one

$testsuites = [xml](get-content .\chutzpah-results.xml)

$anyFailures = $FALSE
foreach ($testsuite in $testsuites.testsuites.testsuite) {
write-host " $($"
foreach ($testcase in $testsuite.testcase){
$failed = $testcase.failure
$time = $testsuite.time
if ($testcase.time) { $time = $testcase.time }
if ($failed) {
write-host "Failed $($ $($testcase.failure.message)"
Add-AppveyorTest $ -Outcome Failed -FileName $ -ErrorMessage $testcase.failure.message -Duration $time
$anyFailures = $TRUE
else {
write-host "Passed $($"
Add-AppveyorTest $ -Outcome Passed -FileName $ -Duration $time


if ($anyFailures -eq $TRUE){
write-host "Failing build as there are broken tests"

What this does is:

  1. Run Chutzpah from the installed NuGet package location, passing in the location of my Jasmine unit tests. In the case of my project there is a chutzpah.json file in the project which dictates how Chutzpah should run the tests. Also, the JUnit flag is also passed in order that Chutzpah creates a chutzpah-results.xml file of test results in the JUnit format.
  2. We iterate through test results and tell AppVeyor about the the test passes and failures using the Build Worker API.
  3. If there have been any failed tests then we fail the build. If you look here you can see a deliberately failed build which demo's that this works as it should.

That's a wrap - We now have CI which includes our JavaScript tests! That's right we get to see beautiful screens like these:

Thanks to...

Thanks to Dan Jones, whose comments on this discussion provided a number of useful pointers which moved me in the right direction. And thanks to Feador Fitzner who has generously said AppVeyor will support JUnit in the future which may simplify use of Chutzpah with AppVeyor even further.