Manual:JavaScript unit testing

MediaWiki's QUnit test suite running in Chrome.

MediaWiki uses QUnit to unit test its JavaScript code base.

Run from a browserEdit

  1. Set $wgEnableJavaScriptTest to true. (This is already set if you use MediaWiki-Docker-Dev or MediaWiki-Vagrant.)
  2. Visit Special:JavaScriptTest in a browser to run the tests.

Run from the command lineEdit

One-time setup:

  1. Ensure environment variables MW_SERVER and MW_SCRIPT_PATH are set. Either each time, or from ~/.bash_profile to have them always:
    export MW_SERVER=
    export MW_SCRIPT_PATH=/mediawiki
  2. Enter an isolated environment where you have Node.js and npm. Why?
    • If using MediaWiki-Vagrant, simply ssh to your Vagrant VM.
    • If using MDD or other, consider Fresh. Run fresh-node -net -env from the MediaWiki directory.
  3. Once inside your isolated shell, run npm ci to install or update any dependencies.


This runs the QUnit tests in Headless Chrome:

$ npm run qunit

Running "karma:main" (karma) task
INFO [launcher]: Starting browser ChromeHeadless

    ✔ escapeRegExp
    ✔ debounce

Finished in 5.659 secs / 5.442 secs

✔ 440 tests completed

How to help?Edit

Run tests before committingEdit

Make it a habit to run unit tests before committing and submitting your changes to Gerrit.

Write unit testsEdit

Always write unit tests for new functionality. We're also looking to expand our unit test coverage of already existing modules in the MediaWiki JavaScript library.

Write a testEdit

It is the convention to name the test suite file after the module it covers. For example, mediawiki.user.test.js covers the mediawiki.user module.

Inside the test suite should be one, and only one, call to QUnit.module with the module name.

The unit tests for MediaWiki core are located in the tests/qunit/suites directory.

Register a testEdit

MediaWiki coreEdit

Test suites are added to the registration of the mediawiki.tests.qunit.suites module in /tests/qunit/QUnitTestResources.php.

Tests are organised into a directory structure that matches the directory structure of the code being tested. For example: The unit test for resources/mediawiki.util/mediawiki.util.js can be found at tests/qunit/suites/resources/mediawiki.util/mediawiki.util.test.js.


 'mediawiki.tests.qunit.suites' => array(
 	'scripts' => array(
+		'tests/qunit/suites/resources/mediawiki/mediawiki.example.test.js',
 	'dependencies' => array(
+		'mediawiki.example',


Extensions register their QUnit tests via the QUnitTestModule option in extension.json.

See alsoEdit