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To wrap up this tutorial, we'll set up a simple automated test for our dapp contracts. We will be using jest, but any nodejs test runner works fine.

Here we'll only test the happy path for a transfer on our private token contract, but in a real application you should be testing both happy and unhappy paths, as well as both your contracts and application logic. Refer to the full testing guide for more info on testing and assertions.


Start by installing our test runner, in this case jest:

yarn add -D jest

We'll need to install and run the Sandbox.

Test setup

Create a new file src/index.test.mjs with the imports we'll be using and an empty test suite to begin with:

import {
} from "@aztec/aztec.js";
import { createAccount } from "@aztec/accounts/testing";
import { TokenContractArtifact } from "@aztec/noir-contracts.js/Token";

const {
PXE_URL = "http://localhost:8080",
ETHEREUM_HOST = "http://localhost:8545",
} = process.env;

describe("token contract", () => {});

Let's set up our test suite. We'll make sure the Sandbox is running, create two fresh accounts to test with, and deploy an instance of our contract. aztec.js provides the helper functions we need to do this:

let owner, recipient, token;
beforeAll(async () => {
const pxe = createPXEClient(PXE_URL);
await waitForPXE(pxe);
owner = await createAccount(pxe);
recipient = await createAccount(pxe);

token = await Contract.deploy(owner, TokenContractArtifact, [owner.getCompleteAddress(), 'TokenName', 'TKN', 18])

const initialBalance = 20n;
const secret = Fr.random();
const secretHash = await computeMessageSecretHash(secret);
const receipt = await token.methods.mint_private(initialBalance, secretHash).send().wait();

const storageSlot = new Fr(5);
const noteTypeId = new Fr(84114971101151129711410111011678111116101n); // TransparentNote
const note = new Note([new Fr(initialBalance), secretHash]);
const extendedNote = new ExtendedNote(
await pxe.addNote(extendedNote);

await token.methods.redeem_shield({ address: owner.getAddress() }, initialBalance, secret).send().wait();
}, 120_000);
Source code: yarn-project/end-to-end/src/sample-dapp/index.test.mjs#L16-L48

Instead of creating new accounts in our test suite, we can use the ones already initialized by the Sandbox upon startup. This can provide a speed boost to your tests setup. However, bear in mind that you may accidentally introduce an interdependency across test suites by reusing the same accounts. Read more here.

Writing our test

Now that we have a working test environment, we can write our first test for exercising the transfer function on the token contract. We will use the same aztec.js methods we used when building our dapp:

it('increases recipient funds on transfer', async () => {
expect(await token.methods.balance_of_private(recipient.getAddress()).simulate()).toEqual(0n);
await token.methods.transfer(owner.getAddress(), recipient.getAddress(), 20n, 0).send().wait();
expect(await token.methods.balance_of_private(recipient.getAddress()).simulate()).toEqual(20n);
}, 30_000);
Source code: yarn-project/end-to-end/src/sample-dapp/index.test.mjs#L50-L56

In this example, we assert that the recipient's balance is increased by the amount transferred. We could also test that the owner's funds are decremented by the same amount, or that a transaction that attempts to send more funds than those available would fail. Check out the testing guide for more ideas.

Running our tests

We can run our jest tests using yarn. The quirky syntax is due to jest limitations in ESM support, as well as not picking up mjs file by default:

yarn node --experimental-vm-modules $(yarn bin jest) --testRegex '.*\.test\.mjs$'

Next steps

Now that you have finished the tutorial, you can learn more about writing contracts with Noir or read about the fundamental concepts behind Aztec Network.