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Cypress bundles the popular Chai assertion library, as well as helpful extensions for Sinon and jQuery, bringing you dozens of powerful assertions for free.

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This document is only a reference to every assertion Cypress supports.

If you’re looking to understand how to use these assertions please read about assertions in our Introduction to Cypress.


BDD Assertions

These chainers are available for BDD assertions (expect/should). You can see the entire list of available BDD Chai assertions here.

Chainer Example
not expect(name).to.not.equal('Jane')
deep expect(obj).to.deep.equal({ name: 'Jane' })
any expect(arr).to.have.any.keys('name', 'age')
all expect(arr).to.have.all.keys('name', 'age')
a( type ) expect('test')'string')
an( type ) expect(undefined)'undefined')
include( value ) expect([1,2,3]).to.include(2)
contain( value ) expect('testing').to.contain('test')
includes( value ) expect([1,2,3]).includes(2)
oneOf( values ) expect(2)[1,2,3])
contains( value ) expect('testing').contains('test')
ok expect(undefined)
true expect(true)
false expect(false)
null expect(null)
undefined expect(undefined)
exist expect(myVar).to.exist
empty expect([])
arguments expect(arguments)
equal( value ) expect(42).to.equal(42)
equals( value ) expect(42).equals(42)
eq( value ) expect(42).to.eq(42)
deep.equal( value ) expect({ name: 'Jane' }).to.deep.equal({ name: 'Jane' })
eql( value ) expect({ name: 'Jane' }).to.eql({ name: 'Jane' })
eqls( value ) expect([ 1, 2, 3 ]).eqls([ 1, 2, 3 ])
above( value ) expect(10)
gt( value ) expect(10)
greaterThan( value ) expect(10)
least( value ) expect(10)
gte( value ) expect(10)
below( value ) expect('foo').to.have.length.below(4)
lt( value ) expect(3)
lessThan( value ) expect(5)
most( value ) expect('test')
lte( value ) expect(5)
within( start, finish ) expect(7),10)
instanceof( constructor ) expect([1, 2, 3])
instanceOf( constructor ) expect([1, 2, 3])
property( name, [value] ) expect(obj)'name') name, [value] ) expect(deepObj)'tests[1]', 'e2e')
ownProperty( name ) expect('test').to.have.ownProperty('length')
haveOwnProperty( name ) expect('test').to.haveOwnProperty('length')
length( value ) expect('test').to.have.length.above(2)
lengthOf( value ) expect('test').to.have.lengthOf(3)
match( regexp ) expect('testing').to.match(/^test/)
string( string ) expect('testing').to.have.string('test')
keys( key1, [key2], […] ) expect({ pass: 1, fail: 2 }).to.have.key('pass')
key( key1, [key2], […] ) expect({ pass: 1, fail: 2 }).to.have.any.keys('pass')
throw( constructor ) expect(fn).to.throw(Error)
throws( constructor ) expect(fn).throws(ReferenceError, /bad function/)
respondTo( method ) expect(obj).to.respondTo('getName')
itself expect(Foo)'bar')
satisfy( method ) expect(1).to.satisfy((num) => { return num > 0 })
closeTo( expected, delta) expect(1.5), 0.5)
members( set ) expect([1, 2, 3]).to.include.members([3, 2])
change( function ) expect(fn).to.change(obj, 'val')
changes( function ) expect(fn).changes(obj, 'val')
increase( function ) expect(fn).to.increase(obj, 'val')
increases( function ) expect(fn).increases(obj, 'val')
decrease( function ) expect(fn).to.decrease(obj, 'val')
decreases( function ) expect(fn).decreases(obj, 'val')

These getters are also available for BDD assertions. They don’t actually do anything, but they enable you to write simple, english sentences.

Chainable getters
to, be, been, is, that, which, and, has, have, with, at, of, same

TDD Assertions

These assertions are available for TDD assertions (assert). You can see the entire list of available Chai assertions here.

Assertion Example
.isOk(object, [message]) assert.isOk('everything', 'everything is ok')
.isNotOk(object, [message]) assert.isNotOk(false, 'this will pass')
.equal(actual, expected, [message]) assert.equal(3, 3, 'values equal')
.notEqual(actual, expected, [message]) assert.notEqual(3, 4, 'values not equal')
.strictEqual(actual, expected, [message]) assert.strictEqual(true, true, 'bools strictly equal')
.notStrictEqual(actual, expected, [message]) assert.notStrictEqual(5, '5', 'not strictly equal')
.deepEqual(actual, expected, [message]) assert.deepEqual({ name: 'Jane' }, { name: 'Jane' })
.notDeepEqual(actual, expected, [message]) assert.notDeepEqual({ name: 'Jane' }, { name: 'June' })
.isAbove(valueToCheck, valueToBeAbove, [message]) assert.isAbove(6, 1, '6 is greater than 1')
.isAtLeast(valueToCheck, valueToBeAtLeast, [message]) assert.isAtLeast(5, 2, '5 is gt or eq to 2')
.isAtLeast(valueToCheck, valueToBeAtLeast, [message]) assert.isAtLeast(5, 2, '5 is gt or eq to 2')
.isBelow(valueToCheck, valueToBeBelow, [message]) assert.isBelow(3, 6, '3 is strictly less than 6')
.isAtMost(valueToCheck, valueToBeAtMost, [message]) assert.isAtMost(4, 4, '4 is lt or eq to 4')
.isTrue(value, [message]) assert.isTrue(true, 'this val is true')
.isNotTrue(value, [message]) assert.isNotTrue('tests are no fun', 'this val is not true')
.isFalse(value, [message]) assert.isFalse(false, 'this val is false')
.isNotFalse(value, [message]) assert.isNotFalse('tests are fun', 'this val is not false')
.isNull(value, [message]) assert.isNull(err, 'there was no error')
.isNotNull(value, [message]) assert.isNotNull('hello', 'is not null')
.isNaN(value, [message]) assert.isNaN(NaN, 'NaN is NaN')
.isNotNaN(value, [message]) assert.isNotNaN(5, '5 is not NaN')
.exists(value, [message]) assert.exists(5, '5 is not null or undefined')
.notExists(value, [message]) assert.notExists(null, 'value is null or undefined')
.isUndefined(value, [message]) assert.isUndefined(undefined, 'value is undefined')
.isDefined(value, [message]) assert.isDefined('hello', 'value has been defined')
.isFunction(value, [message]) assert.isFunction(function test() { return 'pass' }, 'value is function')
.isNotFunction(value, [message]) assert.isNotFunction(5, 'value is not a function')
.isObject(value, [message]) assert.isObject({num: 5}, 'value is object')
.isNotObject(value, [message]) assert.isNotObject(3, 'value is not object')
.isArray(value, [message]) assert.isArray(['unit', 'e2e'], 'value is array')
.isNotArray(value, [message]) assert.isNotArray('e2e', 'value is not array')
.isString(value, [message]) assert.isString('e2e', 'value is string')
.isNotString(value, [message]) assert.isNotString(2, 'value is not string')
.isNumber(value, [message]) assert.isNumber(2, 'value is number')
.isNotNumber(value, [message]) assert.isNotNumber('e2e', 'value is not number')
.isFinite(value, [message]) assert.isFinite('e2e', 'value is finite')
.isBoolean(value, [message]) assert.isBoolean(true, 'value is boolean')
.isNotBoolean(value, [message]) assert.isNotBoolean('true', 'value is not boolean')
.typeOf(value, name, [message]) assert.typeOf('e2e', 'string', 'value is string')
.notTypeOf(value, name, [message]) assert.notTypeOf('e2e', 'number', 'value is not number')


These chainers are available when asserting about a DOM object.

You will commonly use these chainers after using DOM commands like: cy.get(), cy.contains(), etc.

Chainers Assertion
attr( name, [value]) expect($el).to.have.attr('foo', 'bar')
prop( name, [value]) expect($el).to.have.prop('disabled', false)
css( name, [value]) expect($el).to.have.css('background-color', 'rgb(0, 0, 0)')
data( name, [value]) expect($el)'foo', 'bar')
class( className ) expect($el).to.have.class('foo')
id( id ) expect($el)'foo')
html( html) expect($el).to.have.html('I love testing')
text( text ) expect($el).to.have.text('I love testing')
value( value ) expect($el).to.have.value('[email protected]')
visible expect($el)
hidden expect($el)
selected expect($option)
checked expect($input)
enabled expect($input)
disabled expect($input)
empty expect($el)
exist expect($nonexistent)
match( selector ) expect($emptyEl).to.match(':empty')
contain( text ) expect($el).to.contain('text')
descendants( selector ) expect($el).to.have.descendants('div')


These chainers are used on assertions with cy.stub() and cy.spy().

Sinon.JS property/method Assertion
called expect(spy)
callCount expect(spy).to.have.callCount(n)
calledOnce expect(spy)
calledTwice expect(spy)
calledThrice expect(spy)
calledBefore expect(spy1)
calledAfter expect(spy1)
calledWithNew expect(spy)
alwaysCalledWithNew expect(spy)
calledOn expect(spy)
alwaysCalledOn expect(spy)
calledWith expect(spy)
alwaysCalledWith expect(spy)
calledWithExactly expect(spy)
alwaysCalledWithExactly expect(spy)
calledWithMatch expect(spy)
alwaysCalledWithMatch expect(spy)
returned expect(spy).to.have.returned(returnVal)
alwaysReturned expect(spy).to.have.always.returned(returnVal)
threw expect(spy).to.have.thrown(errorObjOrErrorTypeStringOrNothing)
alwaysThrew expect(spy).to.have.always.thrown(errorObjOrErrorTypeStringOrNothing)

Adding New Assertions

Because we are using chai, that means you can extend it however you’d like. Cypress will automatically “just work” with new assertions added to chai. You can simply:

  • Write your own chai assertions as documented here.
  • …or NPM install any existing chai library and import into your test file or support file.

Check out our example recipe extending chai with new assertions.

Common Assertions

Here is a list of common element assertions.

Notice how we use these assertions (listed above) with .should().


// retry until we find 3 matching <li.selected>
cy.get('li.selected').should('have.length', 3)


// retry until this input does not have class disabled
cy.get('form').find('input').should('not.have.class', 'disabled')


// retry until this textarea has the correct value
cy.get('textarea').should('have.value', 'foo bar baz')

Text Content

// retry until this span does not contain 'click me'
cy.get('a').parent('').should('not.contain', 'click me')


// retry until this button is visible


// retry until loading spinner no longer exists


// retry until our radio is checked