Testing your Solidity smart contracts

A good practice in the software industry is writing tests for code. The tests needs to cover the features of your code and assert that everything is working as predicted. As we are writing smart contracts that can deal with money, writing tests is a really important task for us. The Embark Framework offers a pretty rich environment for testing our smart contracts.

We will write our tests in Javascript using the Mocha. To install it just type npm install -g mocha  in your terminal.

Let’s start writing test for our MDBService  contract that we deployed in our previous tutorial. We want to test the functionalities of our contract:

  • It’s empty when initialized
  • When a user registers, it creates a contract
  • We can retrieve a contract made by a user
  • A user can’t register more than one time

We will create a new file in the test directory  test/MDBService_spec.js .  We will import the libraries and tools we need to test our code:

Following the Mocha syntax we will describe our tests and deploy all of the contracts in our project:

Our first test will check if when the MDBService , it is really empty:

Then we will check if an account is really created after we call the register function:

Then we test if the contract has a correct address and our method to access the contracts works:

And finally we’ll unsure one user can’t create multiple accounts:

Even if smart contracts code are by nature pretty short, writing tests is really important to help you identify errors while building an application. It is also important as in smart contracts development, we often re use existing contracts code and it is important to know that your bricks are sane and safe.

To run your tests using Embark Framework, in a terminal type:

With our current test we should see this:

Here is our complete test file:


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