Juri Strumpflohner


Add Mocha reporter for Karma unit tests to your Angular CLI project

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Juri Strumpflohner

Every Angular CLI generated project comes already with a test setup in place using Karma. I think the default “progress” test result report is not as nice however. So let’s pimp it by using the much nicer-looking Mocha reporter 😉.

When you run the tests on a fresh Angular CLI setup using npm test (or ng test) you get a test run output similar to this:

Karma output using the progress reporter

This is ideal on the CI server or in those cases when you’re not really interested in the names of each single test case. I often however like to see the names of my test suites as well as single test names in a nicer format. The Karma Mocha reporter can help here.

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Install and configure the Mocha Reporter

First install the Karma Mocha reporter via npm or yarn.

$ npm install karma-mocha-reporter --save-dev

Next, we need to adjust our karma.conf.js by adding the karma-mocha-reporter to the plugins section as configuring mocha as the reporter.

module.exports = function (config) {
    plugins: [
    reporters: ['mocha', ...],

Final configuration and outcome

That was it, if you now execute your test, you’ll get a much nicer rendering:

Tests executed with the Karma Mocha reporter