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Testing your application is part of the web development. Nuxt.js helps you to make it as easy as possible.

End-to-End Testing

Ava is a powerful JavaScript testing framework, mixed with jsdom, we can use them to do end-to-end testing easily.

First, we need to add ava and jsdom as development dependencies:

npm install --save-dev ava jsdom

And add a test script to our package.json and configure ava to compile files that we import into our tests.

"scripts": {
  "test": "ava",
"ava": {
  "require": [
"babel": {
  "presets": [

We are going to write our tests in the test folder:

mkdir test

Let's say we have a page in pages/index.vue:

  <h1 class="red">Hello {{ name }}!</h1>

export default {
  data () {
    return { name: 'world' }

.red {
  color: red;

When we launch our app with npm run dev and open http://localhost:3000, we can see our red Hello world! title.

We add our test file test/index.test.js:

import test from 'ava'
import { Nuxt, Builder } from 'nuxt'
import { resolve } from 'path'

// We keep a reference to nuxt so we can close
// the server at the end of the test
let nuxt = null

// Init Nuxt.js and start listening on localhost:4000
test.before('Init Nuxt.js', async t => {
  const rootDir = resolve(__dirname, '..')
  let config = {}
  try { config = require(resolve(rootDir, 'nuxt.config.js')) } catch (e) {}
  config.rootDir = rootDir // project folder = false // production build
  nuxt = new Nuxt(config)
  await new Builder(nuxt).build()
  nuxt.listen(4000, 'localhost')

// Example of testing only generated html
test('Route / exits and render HTML', async t => {
  let context = {}
  const { html } = await nuxt.renderRoute('/', context)
  t.true(html.includes('<h1 class="red">Hello world!</h1>'))

// Example of testing via dom checking
test('Route / exits and render HTML with CSS applied', async t => {
  const window = await nuxt.renderAndGetWindow('http://localhost:4000/')
  const element = window.document.querySelector('.red')
  t.not(element, null), 'Hello world!'), 'red'), 'red')

// Close the nuxt server
test.after('Closing server', t => {

We can now launch our tests:

npm test

jsdom has some limitations because it does not use a browser. However, it will cover most of our tests. If you want to use a browser to test your application, you might want to check out Nightwatch.js.


ESLint is a great tool to keep your code clean

You can add ESLint pretty easily with nuxt.js, first, you need to add the npm dependencies:

npm install --save-dev babel-eslint eslint eslint-config-standard eslint-plugin-html eslint-plugin-promise eslint-plugin-standard

Then, you can configure ESLint via a .eslintrc.js file in your root project directory:

module.exports = {
  root: true,
  parser: 'babel-eslint',
  env: {
    browser: true,
    node: true
  extends: 'standard',
  // required to lint *.vue files
  plugins: [
  // add your custom rules here
  rules: {},
  globals: {}

Then, you can add a lint script in your package.json:

"scripts": {
  "lint": "eslint --ext .js,.vue --ignore-path .gitignore ."

You can now launch:

npm run lint

ESLint will lint every of your JavaScript and Vue files while ignoring your ignored files defined in your .gitignore.

One best practice is to add also "precommit": "npm run lint" in your package.json to lint your code automatically before commiting your code.

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