user3676597 user3676597 - 5 months ago 23
AngularJS Question

Angular testing Jasmine fails

I am new to testing, have Angular experience. I developed a Angular application an want to add tests to it to get a grip on Jasmine and Karma. So I setup Karma, added a simple 'getGreeting' function to one of my services in my Angular app and added a test file (/test/UtilsService.spec.js) with the Jasmine test. It fails because the service is undefined (angular-mocks.js is added). This is my code:


// base path that will be used to resolve all patterns (eg. files, exclude)
basePath: '',

// frameworks to use
// available frameworks:
frameworks: ['jasmine'],

// list of files / patterns to load in the browser
files: [

// list of files to exclude
exclude: [

// preprocess matching files before serving them to the browser
// available preprocessors:
preprocessors: {

// test results reporter to use
// possible values: 'dots', 'progress'
// available reporters:
reporters: ['progress'],

// web server port
port: 9876,

// enable / disable colors in the output (reporters and logs)
colors: true,

// level of logging
// possible values: config.LOG_DISABLE || config.LOG_ERROR || config.LOG_WARN || config.LOG_INFO || config.LOG_DEBUG
logLevel: config.LOG_INFO,

// enable / disable watching file and executing tests whenever any file changes
autoWatch: true,

// start these browsers
// available browser launchers:
browsers: ['Chrome'],

// Continuous Integration mode
// if true, Karma captures browsers, runs the tests and exits
singleRun: false,

// Concurrency level
// how many browser should be started simultaneous
concurrency: Infinity

Test file in /test/UtilsService.spec.js:

var UtilsService;
function(_UtilsService_) {
UtilsService = _UtilsService_;
it('should test a dummy function',
expect(UtilsService.getGreeting("Marc")).toEqual("Hello Marc");

Notice that I comment out loading / testing the service but only load the app: app.ontdekJouwTalent.
The UtilsService in /app/shared/services/UtilsService.js

this.debug = function(data){
return data;

this.getGreeting = function(name){
return "Hello " + name;

The angular app is defined elsewhere - in /app/app.js like this:

angular.module('app.ontdekJouwTalent', [

When running this from the webroot directory (wwwroot) in a cmd window with "karma start" I get

I:\www\ontdekJouwTalent\wwwroot>karma start
04 08 2016 19:23:32.633:WARN [karma]: No captured browser, open http://localhost:9876/
04 08 2016 19:23:32.756:INFO [karma]: Karma v1.1.2 server started at http://localhost:9876/
04 08 2016 19:23:32.757:INFO [launcher]: Launching browser Chrome with unlimited concurrency
04 08 2016 19:23:32.769:INFO [launcher]: Starting browser Chrome
04 08 2016 19:23:38.634:INFO [Chrome 51.0.2704 (Windows 10 0.0.0)]: Connected on socket /#CXn5vEn8tQBLJ23oAAAA with id 50497607
Chrome 51.0.2704 (Windows 10 0.0.0) ERROR
Uncaught ReferenceError: module is not defined
at node_modules/abbrev/abbrev.js:2

So 'module' is undefined... I have no clue how to tackle this. What is wrong here?


Ok, turns out I had to add a lot more files in the karma.conf.js files section! specifically:

    // list of files / patterns to load in the browser
files: [


Not quite clear why I have to include these services... my UtilsService certainly isn't needing them. My app includes 7 services, not 5. Also, why is there no need to include controllers as well (app uses +9)?