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E2E Testing

End-to-end tests are located in the src/e2e directory.

Build and Run E2E Tests

Watch mode (for development)

npm run e2e

This command builds and executes the e2e tests. If you modify a file and save it, the code is rebuilt and the tests are run again. This is particularly useful in development: you do not need to re-run the command every time you make code changes.

The process runs forever until you stop it.

Simple mode (for CI and Git hooks)

If you need to build and run the tests only once, you can use these two commands:

npm run build:e2e # Build the e2e tests code (compile the typescript files and copy the templates)
npm run start:e2e # Execute the e2e tests from the built files

These commands are particularly useful when you want to integrate your tests into a CI pipeline or a Git hook.

The SuperTest library

You can use the SuperTest library to write your e2e tests. It is installed by default.

Simple example

// 3p
import { createApp } from '@foal/core';
import * as request from 'supertest';
import { getConnection } from 'typeorm';

// App
import { AppController } from '../app/app.controller';

describe('The server', () => {

let app;

before(async () => {
app = await createApp(AppController);
});

after(() => getConnection().close());

it('should return a 200 status on GET / requests.', () => {
return request(app)
.get('/')
.expect(200);
});

});

Advanced example

// std
// The `assert` module provides a simple set of assertion tests.
import { ok } from 'assert';

// 3p
import { createApp } from '@foal/core';
import * as request from 'supertest';
import { getConnection } from 'typeorm';

// App
import { AppController } from '../app/app.controller';
import { User } from '../app/entities';

// Define a group of tests.
describe('The server', () => {

let app: any;

// Create the application and the connection to the database before running all the tests.
before(async () => {
app = await createApp(AppController);
});

// Close the database connection after running all the tests whether they succeed or failed.
after(() => getConnection().close());

// Define a nested group of tests.
describe('on GET /api/todos requests', () => {

it('should return a 401 status if the user did not signed in.', () => {
return request(app)
.get('/api/todos')
.expect(401);
});

it('should return a 200 status if the user did signed in.', async () => {
// Create a new user in the empty database.
const user = new User();
user.email = 'john@foalts.org';
await user.setPassword('john_password');
await getConnection().manager.save(user);

// Log the user in.
let cookie = '';
await request(app)
.post('/auth/login')
// Set the body of the request
.send({ email: 'john@foalts.org', password: 'john_password' })
// The response should have the status 302 (redirection)
.expect(302)
.then(data => {
// The response should set the authentication cookie for the next requests.
ok(Array.isArray(data.header['set-cookie']));
// Save the cookie to be able to use it in further requests.
cookie = data.header['set-cookie'][0];
});

// Test the /api/todos endpoint when the user has logged in.
return request(app)
.get('/api/todos')
// Send the authentication cookie.
.set('Cookie', cookie)
.expect(200);
});

});

});