Getting Started

The following guide will get you up-and-running with QUnit either in Node or in the Browser in just a few minutes.

In Node

Getting started with QUnit in Node is quick and easy. First, install the qunit package using npm:

npm install --save-dev qunit

# Or, if using Yarn:
yarn add --dev qunit

Let’s create a basic example program that we can test! We’ll start with a function that adds two numbers. Create a file add.js with the following contents:

function add(a, b) {
  return a + b;

module.exports = add;

Now, let’s start writing tests! Create a file in a test directory, like test/add.js, and include the following:

const add = require('../add.js');


QUnit.test('add two numbers', assert => {
  assert.equal(add(1, 1), 2, '1 + 1 = 2');

This defines a test suite for the “add” function and then a single test that verifies the result of adding two numbers together.

To run the test, make sure the test script is defined in your package.json file. This makes QUnit and other tools easy to run as a dev dependency, without having to install them install QUnit globally:

  "scripts": {
    "test": "qunit"

Then, simply run:

npm test

And QUnit will print out:

TAP version 13
ok 1 add > should add two numbers
# pass 1
# skip 0
# todo 0
# fail 0

Congrats! You just wrote and executed your first QUnit test!

Check out the API documentation to learn more about the QUnit API for organising tests and making assertions.

See Command-line interface for how the qunit command works.

Support Policy

QUnit follows the Node Long-term Support (LTS) Schedule and provides support for Current, Active LTS, and Maintenance LTS releases.

Package name prior to 2.4.1

Prior to QUnit 2.4.1, the npm package was published under the name “qunitjs” instead of “qunit”. To install earlier versions of QUnit for Node, check out qunitjs.

The 0.x and 1.x versions of the “qunit” package on npm holds an alternative CLI that is now published as node-qunit.


The eslint-plugin-qunit package has a variety of rules available for enforcing best testing practices as well as detecting broken tests.

In the Browser

When getting started with QUnit in the browser, you have a couple options. You can install files locally from:

Or, you can load the files from the jQuery CDN which is hosted by MaxCDN. Since it’s simpler, we’ll load the files from the CDN.

Start by creating a new HTML file called tests.html and include the following markup:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width">
    <title>Test Suite</title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="">
    <div id="qunit"></div>
    <div id="qunit-fixture"></div>
    <script src=""></script>

That’s all the markup you need to start writing tests. Let’s add a test for a hypothetical add function that adds two numbers together:

  const add = (a, b) => a + b;
  QUnit.module('add', function() {
    QUnit.test('should add two numbers', function(assert) {
      assert.equal(add(1, 1), 2, '1 + 1 = 2');

This code defines a test module for the add function and then a single test verifying the result of adding two numbers.

If you open this up in the browser you’ll see the following:

A detailed report of the tests that run and their assertions, as well as a bunch of options for filtering and re-running the tests.

Congrats! You just wrote and executed your first QUnit test!

Next, you should try writing a test for some of your own code and then check out the API documentation to discover more of QUnit’s features.

Support Policy

QUnit currently supports the same browsers as jQuery 3.x. For legacy browser support, including Internet Explorer versions lower than IE9, please use the 1.x series of QUnit.

Further Reading