Run Cypress Tests without the UI

Andy Van Slaars
InstructorAndy Van Slaars

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Published 4 years ago
Updated 3 years ago

The Cypress UI is a great way to work through individual tests and while TDD-ing new features, but it isn’t ideal for running large test suites or for running on a CI server. In this lesson, we’ll add an npm script to run all of our tests without the UI and look at the results of a full test run.

Instructor: [00:01] The Cypress UI is a great tool for building our application in a test-driven style. It gives us really nice capabilities when we need to debug our application.

[00:08] The UI isn't a great option for running an entire suite of tests. The overhead that makes all of that utility possible can really slow things down for a large suite of tests. The UI isn't going to be seen when running on a CI server, anyway.

[00:21] Let's see how we can do a full test run without launching the Cypress Test Runner UI. We'll add a new command to our npm scripts. Right under our existing Cyprus command, we'll create a new one. We'll make it cypress:all.

[00:36] Instead of cypress open, this one is going to run cypress run. I'll save this.

[00:45] Now I'm going to open up a terminal. In one tab of my terminal, I'm going to start my application because we still need the application running to test against. I'll do that with npm run dev.

[01:01] This'll do a webpack build and start the JSON server. Then in a second tab, I'll do npm run cypress:all.

[01:11] We'll see that it's going to run through our entire suite of tests. At the end, we get a nice summary of our test run. We're even going to get a video of our test run that we can watch.

[01:35] We'll see that the video's been saved in our project. I can open that up. If we run through the video, we'll see that if something were to go wrong, we have a nice view into our test.

[01:52] We can actually come in here, take a look, see if we can figure out what the problem was, and then maybe jump back into the UI to do a little bit of investigation.

Esom Ekeh
Esom Ekeh
~ 3 years ago

Thank you