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Svelte is a radical new approach to building user interfaces. Whereas traditional frameworks like React and Vue do the bulk of their work in the browser, Svelte shifts that work into a compile step that happens when you build your app. You can test Svelte components directly in a real browser using WebdriverIO and its browser runner.


To setup WebdriverIO within your Svelte project, follow the instructions in our component testing docs. Make sure to select svelte as preset within your runner options, e.g.:

// wdio.conf.js
export const config = {
// ...
runner: ['browser', {
preset: 'svelte'
// ...

If you are already using Vite as development server you can also just re-use your configuration in vite.config.ts within your WebdriverIO config. For more information, see viteConfig in runner options.

The Svelte preset requires @sveltejs/vite-plugin-svelte to be installed. Also we recommend using Testing Library for rendering the component into the test page. Therefor you'll need to install the following additional dependencies:

npm install --save-dev @testing-library/svelte @sveltejs/vite-plugin-svelte

You can then start the tests by running:

npx wdio run ./wdio.conf.js

Writing Tests

Given you have the following Svelte component:

export let name

let buttonText = 'Button'

function handleClick() {
buttonText = 'Button Clicked'

<h1>Hello {name}!</h1>
<button on:click="{handleClick}">{buttonText}</button>

In your test use the render method from @testing-library/svelte to attach the component to the test page. To interact with the component we recommend to use WebdriverIO commands as they behave more close to actual user interactions, e.g.:

import expect from 'expect'

import { render, fireEvent, screen } from '@testing-library/svelte'
import '@testing-library/jest-dom'

import Component from './components/Component.svelte'

describe('Svelte Component Testing', () => {
it('changes button text on click', async () => {
render(Component, { name: 'World' })
const button = await $('button')
await expect(button).toHaveText('Button')
await button.click()
await expect(button).toHaveText('Button Clicked')

You can find a full example of a WebdriverIO component test suite for Svelte in our example repository.