Testing Angular HTTP Communication

Testing Angular HTTP Communication

Angular has great built-in tools for making web requests. It also contains a great module for testing HTTP communication: HttpClientTestingModule. This module contains full toolbox to ensure web communication happens as intended by the developer.

Angular has great built-in tools for making web requests. It also contains a great module for testing HTTP communication: HttpClientTestingModule.This module contains full toolbox to ensure web communication happens as intended by the developer. Let’s explore HttpClientTestingModule and get to know how to:

  • test HTTP requests
  • emulate response
  • handle errors
  • test HTTP interceptors

Testing HTTP requests

Let’s make a simple app that shows a list of repositories starred by a GitHub user. It will consist of an input field for the user name, a button to make a request and a table to show results. To make things look pretty, let’s use bootstrap.

We need to make web requests when a user clicks on the “show” button. Let’s set up a test suit and create a test to make sure a web request happens.

Angular is equipped with a great HTTP testing toolbox. HttpClientTestingModule is a ready to go container for all the tools we need for HTTP testing. It provides HttpTestingController — an injectable service to manage HTTP requests. HttpTestingController exposes information about all HTTP requests that happen during the execution of a test. We can inject an instance of it as with any other injectable service.

Let’s do the setup code.

describe('AppComponent', () => {
      let component: AppComponent;
      let fixture: ComponentFixture<AppComponent>;
      let httpMock: HttpTestingController;

      beforeEach(async(() => {
          imports: [HttpClientTestingModule],
          declarations: [AppComponent]

        httpMock = TestBed.inject(HttpTestingController);

Now time to write the first test. The endpoint to retrieve all the repos which are starred by the user is https://api.github.com/users/:userName/starred.When a user clicks on the button we expect this request.

it(`should make http call to proper GitHub API url when show button is clicked`, () => {
      component.userName = 'IAfanasov';


      expect(() => httpMock.expectOne('https://api.github.com/users/IAfanasov/starred'))

HttpTestingController contains two expectation methods: expectOne and expectNone. Both have a couple of overloads with different parameters to recognize specific requests. The name of methods perfectly describes what they do — expect none or only one specific request. If an expectation is not met, an exception is thrown. Jasmine requires an “expect” statement. To make the test pass with a green mark we put expect().not.toThrow().

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