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chai is a popular assertion library for testing JavaScript code. It provides a wide range of assertion styles and plugins, making it flexible and customizable for different testing needs. While chai is a widely used assertion library, there are other testing frameworks and libraries in the JavaScript ecosystem that offer similar functionalities. Here are a few alternatives:

  • jasmine is a behavior-driven development framework for testing JavaScript code. It provides a clean syntax for writing tests and assertions, along with built-in support for spies, mocks, and asynchronous testing.
  • jest is a powerful testing framework developed by Facebook. It is known for its simplicity and speed, offering features like snapshot testing, mocking, and parallel test execution out of the box.
  • mocha is a flexible testing framework that can be used for both frontend and backend JavaScript testing. It provides a simple and intuitive interface for writing tests and supports various assertion libraries, including chai.

Check out this comparison: Comparing chai vs jasmine vs jest vs mocha.

README for chai


Chai is a BDD / TDD assertion library for node and the browser that can be delightfully paired with any javascript testing framework.

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What is Chai?

Chai is an assertion library, similar to Node's built-in assert. It makes testing much easier by giving you lots of assertions you can run against your code.



chai is available on npm. To install it, type:

$ npm install --save-dev chai


You can also use it within the browser; install via npm and use the chai.js file found within the download. For example:

<script src="./node_modules/chai/chai.js"></script>


Import the library in your code, and then pick one of the styles you'd like to use - either assert, expect or should:

import { assert } from 'chai';  // Using Assert style
import { expect } from 'chai';  // Using Expect style
import { should } from 'chai';  // Using Should style

Register the chai testing style globally

import 'chai/register-assert';  // Using Assert style
import 'chai/register-expect';  // Using Expect style
import 'chai/register-should';  // Using Should style

Import assertion styles as local variables

import { assert } from 'chai';  // Using Assert style
import { expect } from 'chai';  // Using Expect style
import { should } from 'chai';  // Using Should style
should();  // Modifies `Object.prototype`

import { expect, use } from 'chai';  // Creates local variables `expect` and `use`; useful for plugin use

Usage with Mocha

mocha spec.js --require chai/register-assert.js  # Using Assert style
mocha spec.js --require chai/register-expect.js  # Using Expect style
mocha spec.js --require chai/register-should.js  # Using Should style

Read more about these styles in our docs.


Chai offers a robust Plugin architecture for extending Chai's assertions and interfaces.

  • Need a plugin? View the official plugin list.
  • Want to build a plugin? Read the plugin api documentation.
  • Have a plugin and want it listed? Simply add the following keywords to your package.json:
    • chai-plugin
    • browser if your plugin works in the browser as well as Node.js
    • browser-only if your plugin does not work with Node.js

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Thank you very much for considering to contribute!

Please make sure you follow our Code Of Conduct and we also strongly recommend reading our Contributing Guide.

Here are a few issues other contributors frequently ran into when opening pull requests:

  • Please do not commit changes to the chai.js build. We do it once per release.
  • Before pushing your commits, please make sure you rebase them.


Please see the full Contributors Graph for our list of contributors.

Core Contributors

Feel free to reach out to any of the core contributors with your questions or concerns. We will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

Jake Luer Veselin Todorov Keith Cirkel Lucas Fernandes da Costa Grant Snodgrass