Running the Automated Tests


Validating JavaScript

We run our JavaScript code in the frontend through ESLint to ensure that new code has a consistent style and doesn't suffer from common errors. ESLint will run automatically when you build the JavaScript code or run the development server. A production build will fail if your code does not match the style requirements.

To run ESLint by itself, you may run the lint task:

yarn lint

Or to automatically fix issues found (where possible):

yarn lint --fix

You can also check against Prettier:

yarn format:check

and to have it actually fix (to the best of its ability) any format issues, just do:

yarn format

See the code style section for more details.

Running the Jest front-end unit tests

The unit tests for the UI are run with [Jest].

To run the tests:

  • If you haven't already done so, install local dependencies by running yarn install from the project root.
  • Then run yarn test to execute the tests.

While working on the frontend, you may wish to watch JavaScript files and re-run tests automatically when files change. To do this, you may run one of the following commands:

yarn test:watch

The tests will perform an initial run and then re-execute each time a project file is changed.


To run all Python tests, including linting, sorting, etc:

% pip install tox
% tox

NOTE: For instructions on how to run tests outside of Docker look at tests/ Running them within Docker is still the recommended option.

Running a specific set of Python tests

Here are some examples of ways to run the python tests with varying levels of specificity:

All tests:

docker-compose run backend pytest tests/

Just /etl tests

docker-compose run backend pytest tests/etl/

Just the test_ingest_pending_pulse_job within the /etl tests

docker-compose run backend pytest tests/ -k test_ingest_pending_pulse_job


The Selenium tests are written in Python, so when you execute some of the commands above, you will execute the Selenium tests as well.

The Selenium tests require a UI build:

docker-compose up --build
docker-compose run backend pytest tests/selenium/