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Testing AG Grid

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Here we give some hints on testing AG Grid as part of your application.

Testing with Jest

If you're using Modules then you will have to make the following configuration changes to accommodate ES Modules - if you're using Packages then this configuration is not required.

In order to test AG Grid with Jest you'll need to make the following configuration changes:

In jest.config.js add the following lines:

module.exports = {
 "transform": {
   "^.+\\.(ts|tsx|js|jsx|mjs)$": [
     "babel-jest"  // or "ts-test" or whichever transformer you're using
 transformIgnorePatterns: ['/node_modules/(?!(@ag-grid-community|@ag-grid-enterprise)/)']

Testing with DOM Testing Library

In the following example we test a simple configuration of AG Grid with the DOM Testing Library.

import { getByText } from '@testing-library/dom';
import '@testing-library/jest-dom';

import { createGrid, GridOptions } from 'ag-grid-community';

function createAgGrid() {
   const div = document.createElement('div');

   const gridOptions: GridOptions = {
       columnDefs: [
           { headerName: 'Make', field: 'make' },
           { headerName: 'Model', field: 'model' },
           { field: 'price', valueFormatter: (params) => '$' + params.value.toLocaleString() },
       rowData: [
           { make: 'Toyota', model: 'Celica', price: 35000 },
           { make: 'Ford', model: 'Mondeo', price: 32000 },
           { make: 'Porsche', model: 'Boxster', price: 72000 },

   const api = createGrid(div, gridOptions);

   return { div, api };

test('examples of some things', async () => {
   const { div, api } = createAgGrid();

   // Get a cell value
   expect(getByText(div, 'Ford')).toHaveTextContent('Ford');

   // Test the value formatter by searching for the correct price string
   expect(getByText(div, '$72,000')).toBeDefined();

   // Test via the api even though this is not a recommended approach

The test above can be found in the following GitHub Repo.

End to End (e2e) Testing

These recipes below are suggestions - there are many ways to do End to End testing, what we document below is what we use here at AG Grid.

We do not document how to use either Protractor and Jasmine in depth here - please see the documentation for either Protractor or Jasmine.

We only describe how these tools can be used to test AG Grid below.

Testing Dependencies

npm install protractor webdriver-manager --save-dev

# optional dependencies - if you're using TypeScript
npm install @types/jasmine @types/selenium-webdriver --save-dev

Note you can install protractor and webdriver-manager globally if you'd prefer, which would allow for shorter commands when executing either of these tools.

We now need to update the webdriver:

./node_modules/.bin/webdriver-manager update

This can be added to your package.json for easier packaging and repeatability:

"scripts": {
    "postinstall": "webdriver-manager update"

Selenium Server

You can either start & stop your tests in a script, or start the Selenium server separately, running your tests against it.

Remember that the interaction between your tests and the browser is as follows:

[Test Scripts] < ------------ > [Selenium Server] < ------------ > [Browser Drivers]

We'll run the server separately to begin with here:

./node_modules/.bin/webdriver-manager start

Sample Configuration

// conf.js
exports.config = {
    framework: 'jasmine',
    specs: ['spec.js']

// Here we specify the Jasmine testing framework as well as our test to run.

Sample Test

If you're testing against a non-Angular application then you need to tell Protractor not to wait for Angular by adding this to either your configuration or your tests: browser.ignoreSynchronization = true;

For this sample test we'll be testing this simple example:

Checking Headers

Let's start off by checking the headers are the ones we're expecting. We can do this by retrieving all div's that have the ag-header-cell-text class:

// spec.js
describe('AG Grid Protractor Test', function () {
    // not an angular application
    browser.ignoreSynchronization = true;

    beforeEach(() => {

    it('should have expected column headers', () => {
            .map(function (header) {
                return header.getText()
            }).then(function (headers) {
                expect(headers).toEqual(['Make', 'Model', 'Price']);

We can now run our test by executing the following command:

./node_modules/.bin/protractor conf.js

# or if protractor is installed globally protractor conf.js

Checking Grid Data

We can match grid data by looking for rows by matching div[row="&lt;row id>"] and then column values within these rows by looking for div's with a class of .ag-cell-value:

it('first row should have expected grid data', () => {
        .map(function (cell) {
            return cell.getText();
        .then(function (cellValues) {
            expect(cellValues).toEqual(["Toyota", "Celica", "35000"]);

We can add this to spec.js and run the tests as before.

AG Grid Testing Utilities

These utilities scripts should still be considered beta and are subject to change.

Here at AG Grid we use a number of utility functions that make it easier for us to test AG Grid functionality.

The utilities can be installed & imported as follows:


npm install ag-grid-testing --save-dev


let ag_grid_utils = require("ag-grid-testing");


Compares Grid data to provided data. The order of the data provided should correspond to the order within the grid. The property names should correspond to the colId's of the columns.

            // first row
            "name": "Amelia Braxton",
            "proficiency": "42%",
            "country": "Germany",
            "mobile": "+960 018 686 075",
            "landline": "+743 1027 698 318"
        // more rows...


Useful when there is an array of data within a cell, each of which is writing an attribute (for example an image).

ag_grid_utils.verifyCellContentAttributesContains(1, "3", "src", ['android', 'mac', 'css'], "img");


Verifies that all elements text (ie the cell value) matches the provided data. Usf

    ['#', 'Name', 'Country', 'Skills', 'Proficiency', 'Mobile', 'Land-line']


Clicks on a header with the provided headerName.



Provides a CSS Locator for a grid cell, by row & id and optionally a further CSS selector.

ag_grid_utils.getLocatorForCell(0, "make")
ag_grid_utils.getLocatorForCell(0, "make", "div.myClass")


Returns the cell value (as text) for by row & id and optionally a further CSS selector.

ag_grid_utils.getCellContentsAsText(0, "make")
    .then(function(cellValue) {
        // do something with cellValue

ag_grid_utils.getCellContentsAsText(0, "make", "div.myClass")
    .then(function(cellValue) {
        // do something with cellValue

End to End (e2e) Testing with Playwright

Playwright is another popular e2e testing framework that can be used to test AG Grid applications. A few examples of how to use Playwright with AG Grid can be found in this Github Repo.