End to End Testing 5.2

AngularDart does not currently have direct support for integration/end-to-end testing, but instead has some Dart and JavaScript code for communicating with running AngularDart applications. This can be used by third-party tools like Dart’s web_driver or JS’s protractor - or you can roll your own tool.

WARNING: This API is not considered stable, and may change in the future. As of the current release, testability is always enabled, even if your application does not use it, which has negative effects on code-size and initial startup. We may change this at a future point of time.

Dart Interface

AngularDart supports a Dart interface, Testability, which can be injected:

abstract class Testability {
  /// Returns whether the application is currently stable.
  bool isStable();

  /// Invokes [callback] when the application is stable.
  /// The argument, `didAsyncWork`, will be `true` if asynchronous work was
  /// awaited _before_ invoking the callback, or `false` if the framework was
  /// _already_ stable.
  void whenStable(void Function(bool didAsyncWork) callback);

It is semantically equivalent to the API described in getAngularTestability.

JS Interface

AngularDart inserts the following properties in the JS context (window), which in turn can be used by tools to communicate with AngularDart


The following are methods attached to window:


Given a DOM element that is the root component (i.e. the one created by runApp or bootstrapStatic), returns the Testability interface for the app. Throws an error if component provided does not have a testability interface (it might not represent an AngularDart app, or e2e testing was not enabled for that app).

Here’s an example:

var ngAppRoot = document.querySelector('ng-app');
var testability = getAngularTestability(ngAppRoot);

The JS interface of Testability is as follows:

  • isStable(): Returns whether the application is currently stable.
  • whenStable(callback): Invokes callback when the application is stable.
    • callback may provide a single argument, didAsyncWork, which represents whether the whenStable call had to wait for asynchronous work.
    • It will be invoked with false when the application was already stable.


Returns an array of all Testability interfaces in the browser.


An array of all TestabilityRegistry interfaces in the browser.

NOTE: Currently this does not seem to be used today, and may be removed.


An array of functions with a definition similar to Testability.whenStable:

var stabilizers = frameworkStabilizers;
for (var i = 0; i < stabilizers.length; i++) {
  var fn = stabilizers[i];
  fn(function(didAsyncWork) {
     // Invoked when reported stable.

Unlike the other methods, this is considered a mutable array that other frameworks or services could add their own stability methods to, and is not necessarily specific to AngularDart.

AngularDart will add a method for each Testability interface added.