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End to End testing an Ionic2 project

Updated for Ionic 3.9.2 and Angular 5.0.3

TL;DR - I have an Ionic 2 project on github set up for E2E testing with protractor, dive in, or read on.

The previous post in this series on Unit Testing does a bit of intro that I won’t repeat here. For the purposes of this post, it’ll be useful to have the demo app cloned locally.

Install dev dependencies

npm install --save-dev angular-cli @angular/router connect jasmine-reporters jasmine-spec-reporter protractor serve-static ts-node

Install config files and boilerplate

Into your project’s root:

Into a newly created ./e2e folder in your project’s root:

For the lazy:

for file in angular-cli.json protractor.conf.js

mkdir e2e
cd e2e

for file in tsconfig.e2e.json

Modify existing Ionic config files:

Add jasmine types in Ionic’s tsconfig.json (only necessary on Windows):

    "typeRoots": [
    "types": [

Add the following to your gitignore file:

# e2e

Hook ng e2e into your package.json scripts array:

  "scripts": {
    "e2e": "ionic-app-scripts build && protractor",
    "postinstall": "webdriver-manager update"

A simple e2e test on app.ts

Create a simple e2e test file ./e2e/app.e2e-spec.ts to get us going:

import { browser, element, by } from 'protractor';

describe('MyApp', () => {

  beforeEach(() => {

  it('should have a title', () => {

Update the webdriver

As we hooked webdriver-manager update into our npm postinstall script, we just need to run npm install. Thus this step is covered by simply installing your project (in the future):

x220:~/code/myApp$ npm install


> ionic-hello-world@ postinstall /home/lathonez/code/myApp
> webdriver-manager update


[16:38:03] I/update - chromedriver: setting permissions to 0755 for /home/lathonez/code/myApp/node_modules/protractor/node_modules/webdriver-manager/selenium/chromedriver_2.25

Running the tests

As we hooked into our package.json above, we can run the tests with a simple npm run e2e.

x220:~/code/myApp$ npm run e2e
(node:31496) fs: re-evaluating native module sources is not supported. If you are using the graceful-fs module, please update it to a more recent version.

> ionic-hello-world@ e2e /home/lathonez/code/myApp
> protractor

[16:40:33] I/direct - Using ChromeDriver directly...
[16:40:33] I/launcher - Running 1 instances of WebDriver
Spec started
    ✓ should have a title

1 spec, 0 failures
Finished in 1.631 seconds

Executed 1 of 1 spec SUCCESS in 2 secs.
[16:40:36] I/launcher - 0 instance(s) of WebDriver still running
[16:40:36] I/launcher - chrome #01 passed

Using Docker?

Testing on docker (or any other headless environment), requires the use of xvfb, a virtual frame buffer implementing the X11 protocol.

apt-get install xvfb

Change the e2e line in package.json to include xvfb-run, ensuring protractor has access to the virtual display:

  "scripts": {
    "e2e": "xvfb-run && ionic-app-scripts build && protractor",

For more information see issue #144


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If you can’t get any of this working in your own project, raise an issue and I’ll do my best to help out.

If you have a general question about e2e testing concepts (e.g. how can I write an e2e test for some-module), see our General Testing Help thread.

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