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Introduction to testing SvelteKit applications

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Testing Svelte Sveltekit

To handle issues specific to frontend developers like speed, accessibility, and optimization, Next.js, Nuxt.js, and Scully were introduced to complement React, Vue, and Angular, respectively. SvelteKit is a framework for building high-performance web apps that was introduced to complement Svelte, building on its predecessor, Sapper.

In this article, we’ll cover how to test applications built with SvelteKit, covering areas like unit testing and end-to-end testing. Let’s get started!

TL;DR: You can view the code sample for this test project on GitHub.

Creating a SvelteKit application from scratch

To begin, we’ll create a new SvelteKit app. In your terminal, run the following commands:

# start up a Svelte app
npm init [email protected] my-app

# navigate to the app
cd my-app

# install dependencies
npm install

#start up the development server
npm run dev

The code above generates a barebones Svelte app that looks like the image below:

New Svelte App

Our newly created app has three components, the homepage index.svelte, an about page about.svelte, and a todos page todo/index.svelte, seen above the welcome banner.

To increase our app’s complexity and create more scenarios for testing, let’s add an additional component to our application that will fetch and display a collection of gift card data from Reloadly, a gift card service provider. Navigate to the src/routes folder and create the gift card component with the code below:

// src/routes/giftcards.svelte


    import { onMount } from 'svelte';
    const accessToken = 'Bearer ACCESS_TOKEN'
    let results = [];
    onMount(() => {
    let headers = {
        'Accept' : 'application/com.reloadly.giftcards-v1+json',
        'Authorization' : accessToken
    const getGiftCards = async () => {
      const res = await fetch('https://giftcards.reloadly.com/countries/es/products', {
            method: 'GET',
            headers: headers
        const json = await res.json();
        results = json


In the code snippet above, first, we specify the gift card component’s header with the <svelte:head> element. Next, we make an HTTP GET request to Reloadly to fetch the list of gift cards we’ll need for our app.

When we make the request, we’ll need an access token from Reloadly. To get the access token, create a Reloadly account by following the short steps in this Quickstart guide.

Finally, to wrap up our gift card component, let’s use an each block to parse through the data we received:

// src/routes/giftcards.svelte

<main class= 'response'>
    {#each results as result}
    <div class="data">
        <img class="product_image" src="{result.logoUrls[0]}" alt="gift card images" width="200px"/>
        <p class="product_name">{result.productName}</p>
        <p class="currency_code">Currency: {result.recipientCurrencyCode}</p>
        <p class="redeem_instructions">Redeem Instructions: {result.redeemInstruction.concise}</p>

Now that our gift card component is ready, we should have a UI similar to the following:


The video above shows our UI organized to display the different gift certificates, including the currency, currently set to USD, and the link containing instructions to redeem.

To simplify our code, we left out the CSS styling, but you can access and modify it if you wish.

Unit testing SvelteKit with Jest and Svelte Testing Library

For our first testing use case, we’ll cover unit testing, which will allow us to test each component individually. We’ll use Svelte Testing Library, a lightweight library for testing Svelte components, and Jest, a JavaScript testing framework. Let’s begin by installing both:

   npm install --save-dev @testing-library/svelte jest

To use Jest in Svelte, first, we’ll need to install the following dependencies:

   npm install --save-dev svelte-jester babel-jest @testing-library/jest-dom

  • svelte-jester: a dependency that compiles Svelte components
  • babel-jest: Jest’s babel.transform for ES6 modules
  • jest-dom: a dependency that provides a set of custom Jest matchers that extend Jest

After installing our dependencies, we’ll specify a few changes in our package.json file. For one, when we run tests via npm, we’ll use Jest. Additionally, any code that isn’t native JavaScript, in our case, Svelte and ES6, will be transformed, allowing Jest to access it:

  "scripts": {
    "test": "jest src",
    "test:watch": "npm run test -- --watch"
  "jest": {
    "transform": {
       "^.+\\.js$": "babel-jest",
      "^.+\\.svelte$": "svelte-jester"
    "moduleFileExtensions": ["js", "svelte"]

Next, create a .babelrc file in the root folder of your project and add the configuration below:

  "presets": [["@babel/preset-env", {"targets": {"node": "current"}}]]

With our configurations completed, let’s perform a unit test on one of our components. In the lib folder where we placed the Counter component, create a test file called counter.spec.js and add the following code:

// src/lib/counter.spec.js

import '@testing-library/jest-dom';
import { render } from "@testing-library/svelte";
import Counter from "./counter.svelte";
describe("counter component", () => {
  test("should confirm there are no images in the counter ", () => {
    const { container } = render(Counter);

The code snippet above tests the Counter component for the absence of the <img/> element. In the video below, we’re running a unit test to specify that the Counter component doesn’t have any images with the npm run test command.

You can go ahead and run unit tests on the other components in our application to ensure they’re working as expected.

End-to-end testing SvelteKit with Cypress

Now that we’ve completed our unit tests, let’s cover end-to-end testing, which will give us some insight as to how our application will work under real-life circumstances. For end-to-end testing, we’ll use Cypress, a JavaScript-based testing framework. First, let’s install Cypress with the following command in our terminal:

  npm install cypress --save-dev

Installing Cypress creates an additional folder in your project with the following set of demo test suites:

Cypress Folder Demo Test Suites

Once installation is complete, launch Cypress via the terminal with the following command:

  npx cypress open

The command above launches Cypress’ test suite, which looks like the image below:

Cypress Demo Test Suite

In the image above, we can see that the demo test suite is created upon installation. Let’s delete both existing folders and create our own test suite. Navigate to the cypress/integration folder, delete both existing folders, and create a new folder called giftcards.

In this folder, create a test file called giftcards.spec.js. In this file, we’ll define tests for the gift card component:

// cypress/integration.giftcards/giftcards.spec.js

const baseUrl = 'http://localhost:3000/giftcards';
describe('GiftCard Test', () => {
    it('Confirms gift card data', () => {
        cy.get('.data').children().should('have.length', 336)
        cy.get('.product_name').contains('Amazon Spain')
        cy.get('.currency_code').should(($currency_code) => {

In the code snippet above, we used a number of commands in Cypress’ API to specify our end-to-end testing. Basically, our test suite:

  • Visits the URL of our gift card component
  • Confirms that the total number of elements in the component is 336
  • Confirms the existence of a gift card called Amazon Spain in our gift card collection
  • Confirms that there are 84 different gift cards for sale on our platform
  • Confirms that there are currency denominations in Euro
  • Confirms that there are currency denominations in Dollar
  • Confirms that there are no currency denominations in Pounds

Finally, let’s save and relaunch the test suite.


Integrated tests are an important and necessary part of every project, ensuring your application will function as anticipated after it is deployed. Thankfully, as we’ve demonstrated in this tutorial, testing your SvelteKit application is fairly simple and straightforward. We covered some fundamentals for testing applications in SvelteKit, including unit testing with Jest and Svelte Testing Library and end-to-end testing with Cypress.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you recommend any other frameworks for testing Svelte and SvelteKit applications, be sure to leave a comment below.

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Raphael Ugwu Writer, software engineer, and a lifelong student.

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