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Vue Quickstart

Welcome! This tutorial will walk you through creating a Vue app and using Cypress Component Testing to test it. We assume you are already familiar with Vue, but if this is your first time with Cypress, that's okay; we'll walk you through all you need to know.

Getting Started

Create a Vue App

To start off, we are going to create a new Vue app.

We will use Vite to create the app as it's quick to get up and running. If you use any of the other supported frameworks in your project, the setup is the same.

To create a Vue project with Vite, run the following from your command prompt:

npm create [email protected] my-awesome-app -- --template vue

Go into the directory and run npm install:

cd my-awesome-app
npm install

You can also download a Git repo with a fully working copy of this tutorial here.

Install Cypress

Next, let's add Cypress to the app:

npm install cypress -D

Open Cypress:

npx cypress open

The Cypress Launchpad will guide you through configuring your project.

Configuring Component Testing

Whenever you run Cypress for the first time, the app will prompt you to set up either E2E Testing or Component Testing. Click on "Component Testing" to start the configuration wizard.

Choose Component Testing

Choose Component Testing

The Project Setup screen automatically detects your framework and bundler, which, in our case, is Vue and Vite. Click "Next Step" to continue.

Vue and Vite are automatically detected

Vue and Vite are automatically detected

The next screen checks that all the required dependencies are installed. All the items should have green checkboxes on them, indicating everything is good, so click "Continue".

All necessary dependencies are installed

All necessary dependencies are installed

Next, Cypress generates all the necessary configuration files and gives you a list of all the changes it made to your project. Click "Continue".

The Cypress launchpad will scaffold all of these files for you

The Cypress launchpad will scaffold all of these files for you

After setting up component testing, you will be at the browser selection screen.

Pick the browser of your choice and click the "Start Component Testing" button to open the Cypress test runner.

Choose your browser

Choose your browser

When the test runner appears, it won't find any specs because we haven't created any yet. However, we don't currently have a component, either. Let's change that!

Creating a Component

At this point, your project is set up, and Cypress is ready to go, but we have no components to test yet.

We will create a <Stepper/> component with zero dependencies and one bit of internal state: a "counter" that can be incremented and decremented by the user.

Open the project with your favorite code editor and create a file at src/components/Stepper.vue, then paste the following code into it:

<button data-cy="decrement" @click="decrement">-</button>
<span data-cy="counter">{{ count }}</span>
<button data-cy="increment" @click="increment">+</button>

<script setup>
import { ref } from 'vue'
const props = defineProps(['initial'])

const emit = defineEmits(['change'])

const count = ref(props.initial || 0)

const increment = () => {
emit('change', count.value)

const decrement = () => {
emit('change', count.value)

Our component consists of two buttons, one used to decrement the counter and one to increment it. A span tag sits in the middle of the buttons to show the current value of the counter.

Testing Vue Components

Now that you have a component, let's write a test to verify the component can mount without any issues.

Your First Component Test

To get started, go back to the Cypress test app and, in the "Create your first spec" screen, click "Create from component".

A modal will pop up listing all the components that are found in your app. Select the Stepper.vue component:

A spec file was created at src/component/

import Stepper from './Stepper.vue'

describe('<Stepper />', () => {
it('renders', () => {
// see:

It is also possible to write Vue tests using JSX syntax. For more info, see Using JSX.

Let's break down the spec. First, we import the Stepper component. Then, we organize our tests using the functions describe and it, which we allow us to group tests into sections by using method blocks. These are global functions provided by Cypress, which means you don't have to import them directly to use them. The top-level describe block will be the container for all our tests in a file, and each it represents an individual test. The describe function takes two parameters, the first of which is the name of the test suite, and the second is a function that will execute the tests.

We defined a test using the it function inside describe. The first parameter to it is a brief description of the spec, and the second parameter is a function that contains the test code. In our example above, we only have one test, but soon we'll see how we can add multiple it blocks inside of a describe for a series of tests.

The test executes one command: cy.mount(Stepper). The cy.mount() method will mount our component into the test app so we can begin running tests against it.

Now it's time to see the test in action.

Running the Test

Switch back to the browser you opened for testing, on click on the "Okay, run the spec" button to execute it.

Our first test verifies the component can mount in it's default state without any errors. If there is a runtime error during test execution, the test will fail, and you will see a stack trace pointing to the source of the problem.

A basic test like the one above is an excellent way to start testing a component. Cypress renders your component in a real browser, and you can use all the techniques/tools you would normally during development, such as interacting with the component in the test runner, and using the browser dev tools to inspect and debug both your tests and the component's code.

Feel free to play around with the Stepper component by interacting with the increment and decrement buttons.

Now that the component is mounted, our next step is to test that the behavior of the component is correct.

Selectors & Assertions

By default, the Stepper's counter is initialized to "0". We can override that value by specifying an initial count. Let's write a couple of tests that will verify both these states.

To do so, we will use a selector to access the span element that contains the counter, and then assert that the text value of the element is what we expect it to be.

There are various ways to select items from the DOM using Cypress. We will use cy.get(), which allows us to pass in a CSS-like selector.

After we "get" the element, we use the should assertion method to verify it has the correct text value.

Add the following test inside the describe block, right below the first test:

it('stepper should default to 0', () => {
cy.get('span').should('have.text', '0')

When you go back to the test runner, you should see the test pass.

In the above test, we select the element by passing in "span" to cy.get(), which will select all span tags in our component. We only have one span currently, so this works. However, if our component evolves and we add another span, then this test could start to fail. We should use a selector that will be less brittle to future changes.

In the Stepper component, the span tag has a data-cy attribute on it:

<span data-cy="counter">{{ count }}</span>

We assign a unique id to the data-cy attribute that we can use for testing purposes. Update the test to use a CSS attribute selector to cy.get():

it('stepper should default to 0', () => {
cy.get('[data-cy=counter]').should('have.text', '0')

The test will still pass as expected, and our selector is now future-proof. For more info on writing good selectors, see our guide Selector Best Practices.

Passing Props to Components

We should also have a test to ensure the initial prop sets the count to something else besides its default value of "0". We can pass in props to the Stepper component in the mount method:

it('supports an "initial" prop to set the value', () => {
cy.mount(Stepper, { props: { initial: 100 } })
cy.get('[data-cy=counter]').should('have.text', '100')

We pass in props using the props property in the options. See the MountOptions API for more info.

Testing Interactions

We mounted and selected the element in the above tests but didn't interact with it. We should also test that the value of the counter changes when a user clicks the "increment" and "decrement" buttons.

To do so, we will interact with the component by using the click() command, which clicks a DOM element just like a real user would.

Add the following tests:

it('when the increment button is pressed, the counter is incremented', () => {
cy.get('[data-cy=counter]').should('have.text', '1')

it('when the decrement button is pressed, the counter is decremented', () => {
cy.get('[data-cy=counter]').should('have.text', '-1')

When you view the results of each of the tests, you will see that the counter is now "1" in the increment test, and "-1" in the decrement test. Not only did our tests pass, but we can visually see the results in a browser!

View the Interacting with Elements guide to learn more about other commands you can use to interact with the DOM.

Testing Vue Components with Events

All the state of <Stepper /> (ie: the count) is handled internally in the component. Consumers are alerted to changes to the state by listening for a change event.

As the developer of the Stepper component, you want to make sure when the end-user clicks the increment and decrement buttons, that the change event is emitted with the proper values.

Using Spies

We can use Cypress Spies to validate the change event is being emitted. A spy is a special function that keeps track of how many times it was called and any parameters that it was called with. We can pass a spy into the change event, interact with the component, and then query the spy to validate it was called with the parameters we expect.

Let's set up the spies and bind them to the component:

it('clicking + fires a change event with the incremented value', () => {
const onChangeSpy = cy.spy().as('onChangeSpy')
cy.mount(Stepper, { props: { onChange: onChangeSpy } })
cy.get('@onChangeSpy').should('have.been.calledWith', 1)

First, we create a new spy by calling the cy.spy() method. We pass in a string that gives the spy an alias, which assigns the spy a name by which we can reference it later. In cy.mount(), we initialize the component and pass the spy into it (note that while the event is defined as change, the spy is passed for the prop onChange; this is due to the fact that Vue compiles emit('change') to props.onChange()). After that, we click the increment button.

The next line is a bit different. We've seen how we can use the cy.get() method to select elements, but we can also use it to grab any aliases we've set up previously. We use cy.get() to grab the alias to the spy (by prepending an at sign to the alias name). We assert that the method was called with the expected value.

With that, the Stepper component is well tested. Nice job!

What's Next?

Congratulations, you covered the basics for component testing a Vue component with Cypress!

To learn more about testing with Cypress, check out the Introduction to Cypress guide.