Ian McNally

Karma tests running twice on change

September 03, 2015

My current project’s been plagued with duplicate test runs on a single file change. We’re using webpack and karma, and it’s a documented problem. Someone pointed me to a solution that worked for browserify + karma setup, and it turned out to work for my situation too!

Since our karma-webpack config was processing any .js, .es6 or .jsx file, a change in a spec file was triggering a change there, on top of karma triggering a change on the files it was serving to the browser. A quick patch to the list of files karma handles disabled watching of the spec files, while continuing to serve them:

// in karma.conf.js
  files: [
    // ... other files paths
      pattern: './path/to/tests/**/*.js',
      watched: false,
      included: true,
      served: true,

And the rest was history.

Ian McNally

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