Tyler.z.yang Tyler.z.yang - 3 months ago 7
AngularJS Question

How to test directive by writing test case?

recently I am trying to write the test case for directive.

For example, this is a directive to manupulate the DOM in browser.

var demoApp = module('demoApp', ['']);
demoApp.directive('tabTo', function(){
var linkFunc = function(scope, element, attrs, controllers){
element.bind('keyup', function(e){
var maxLength = attrs['maxlength'] || attrs['ng-maxlength'];
if(maxLength && this.value.length === length){
var tabTarget = angular.element.find('#' + attrs['tab-to']);

return {
restrict: 'A',
link: linkFunc


Then I implemented the test case here:

describe('Unit testing great quotes', function() {
var $compile;
var $rootScope;

beforeEach(inject(function(_$compile_, _$rootScope_){

$compile = _$compile_;
$rootScope = _$rootScope_;

it('Replaces the element with the appropriate content', function() {
var element = $compile('<input type="text" maxlength="8" id="input1" tab-to="input2" /><input type="text" id="input2" maxlength="8" tab-to="input3"/> <input type="text" id="input3" max-length="8" />')($rootScope);
element.appendTo(document.body); //appendTo to document so that in directive can find it by 'angular.element.find()'

var tmpInputs = angular.element.find('#input1');
var input1 = tmpInputs[0];

tmpInputs = angular.element.find('#input2');
var input2 = tmpInputs[0];

spyOn(input2, 'focus');




My question is, is it the proper way to write the test case ? Cuz' I'm don't know too much about the unit test.
I just talked with my colleague, and he told me that this looks like End-to-End test. So is it that means to test directive we have to write the End-to-End test?

Could anybody help me ? Thx a lot...


your directive manipulates DOM (focus, bind). so in your tests you can simply check if DOM has changed in expected way. you don't need end to end tests. i would say your test is a little bit too big. i think you don't need spyOn and appendTo, just:

  1. use $compile to build DOM with your directive
  2. change properties of scope and/or DOM to trigger expected directive behavior
  3. trigger angular (e.g scope.$apply())
  4. verify the DOM

you can find sample here: http://blog.piotrturski.net/2014/11/nesting-angular-directives.html