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Babel Setup

To write tests using next-generation JavaScript features, you can use Babel to compile your test files.

To do so, first install the necessary Babel dependencies:

npm install --save-dev @babel/core @babel/cli @babel/preset-env @babel/register

Make sure your babel.config.js is configured properly.

The simplest setup you can use is:

module.exports = {
presets: [
['@babel/preset-env', {
targets: {
node: '20' // update with the target you are aiming for

When using Babel in a monorepo things can get complicated if you do not follow the documentation steps, so make sure you read the Babel documentation thoroughly.

To give you some guidance, here's some things to keep in mind:

  • You have to create a root babel.config.json.
  • After you have done so and the project is correctly configured according to the documentation, you will have to make Babel look for the config by updating your wdio config files by adding the example found below.
rootMode: "upward",

This will make Babel look for the closest babel.config.json that it can find upwards.

Once this is set up WebdriverIO will take care of the rest.

Alternatively you can configure how @babel/register is run through the environment variables for @babel/register.

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