Test library for New Relic instrumentation modules.


226.0.02 months ago4 years agoMinified + gzip package size for @newrelic/test-utilities in KB


Community Project header

New Relic Test Utilities Test Utilities CI

Library full of test utilities and helpers for New Relic instrumentation modules. The full documentation for this module can be found on GitHub.


It can be installed and used as such:

npm install @newrelic/test-utilities
// index.js


TestAgent Helper

The TestAgent class helps set up a New Relic agent suitable for tests. With this you can run your tests within transactions without having to actually set up a full New Relic application. The helper should be created and torn down for each test to ensure you are running in a clean environment each time. In tap this may look like this:

tap.test('some test suite', (t) => {
  let helper = null
  t.beforeEach((done) => {
    helper = utils.TestAgent.makeInstrumented()

  t.afterEach((done) => {
    helper && helper.unload()

  t.test('test 1', (t) => {
    helper.runInTransaction((tx) => {
      // Your test is now in transaction context and normal instrumentation
      // logic should occur.


There are a number of assertions provided to help write your tests. Each of these assertions can either be used directly (utils.assert.segments(...)) or as tap tests (t.segments(...)). In the direct use case they will throw exceptions, and thus can be used like any other assertion library. Here are a few examples of using them:

let tap = require('tap')
let utils = require('@newrelic/test-utilities')

// This adds all the assertions to tap's `Test` class.

tap.test((t) => {
  let helper = utils.TestAgent.makeInstrumented()
  t.tearDown(() => helper.unload())

  helper.runInTransaction((tx) => {
    // Do some testing logic...

    // This will check that transaction state hasn't been lost and that the given
    // transaction is the currently active one. A good check to make in the
    // callbacks to asynchronous methods.
    t.transaction(tx, 'should be in correct context')

    // This will check that the transaction trace has the segment structure you
    // describe. Extra segments in the trace are allowed.
    t.segments(tx.trace.root, [{name: 'mysegment'}], 'should have expected segments')

    // Like above, this checks the structure of the trace against the one you
    // describe but they must exactly match. Any extra segments in the trace are
    // considered a failure.
    t.exactSegments(tx.trace.root, [{name: 'mysegment'}], 'should have expected segments')

    // Many metrics are not created until the transaction ends, if you're
    // missing metrics in your instrumentation tests, this may help.

    // This will check that the metrics given have been created. Extra metrics
    // are allowed.
    t.metrics(['/My/Metric'], 'should have created metrics')

    // Like above, this checks that the given metrics were created. Any extra
    // metrics that were created are considered a failure.
    t.exactMetrics(['/My/Metric', '/Another/Metric'], 'should have exactly these metrics')

Versioned Tests

The versioned-tests script can be used to execute a series of tests against several versions of dependencies. For example, the command below would run all the tests against every minor version of the specified dependencies.

$ versioned-tests --minor tests/versioned/*.tap.js

You can then specify the versions you want to run this against by adding a package.json file in your tests directory. This package file should have a tests array describing each suite. For example, the one shown below will test different files for each version of mongodb from v1.0.0 through to the latest.

  "name": "mongodb-tests",
  "version": "0.0.0",
  "private": true,
  "tests": [
      "engines": {
        "node": ">=0.10 <7"
      "dependencies": {
        "mongodb": "^1"
      "files": [
      "engines": {
        "node": ">=0.10"
      "dependencies": {
        "mongodb": ">=2.1 <3"
      "files": [
      "engines": {
        "node": ">=4"
      "dependencies": {
        "mongodb": ">=3"
      "files": [


The module includes a suite of unit and functional tests which should be used to verify that your changes don't break existing functionality.

All tests are stored in tests/ and are written using Node-Tap with the extension .tap.js.

To run the full suite, run: npm test.

Individual test scripts include:

npm run lint
npm run unit


Should you need assistance with New Relic products, you are in good hands with several support channels.

If the issue has been confirmed as a bug or is a feature request, please file a GitHub issue.

Support Channels


At New Relic we take your privacy and the security of your information seriously, and are committed to protecting your information. We must emphasize the importance of not sharing personal data in public forums, and ask all users to scrub logs and diagnostic information for sensitive information, whether personal, proprietary, or otherwise.

We define “Personal Data” as any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual, including, for example, your name, phone number, post code or zip code, Device ID, IP address and email address.

For more information, review New Relic’s General Data Privacy Notice.


We encourage your contributions to improve New Relic Test Utilities! Keep in mind when you submit your pull request, you'll need to sign the CLA via the click-through using CLA-Assistant. You only have to sign the CLA one time per project.

If you have any questions, or to execute our corporate CLA, required if your contribution is on behalf of a company, please drop us an email at opensource@newrelic.com.

A note about vulnerabilities

As noted in our security policy, New Relic is committed to the privacy and security of our customers and their data. We believe that providing coordinated disclosure by security researchers and engaging with the security community are important means to achieve our security goals.

If you believe you have found a security vulnerability in this project or any of New Relic's products or websites, we welcome and greatly appreciate you reporting it to New Relic through HackerOne.

If you would like to contribute to this project, review these guidelines.

To all contributors, we thank you! Without your contribution, this project would not be what it is today. We also host a community project page dedicated to New Relic Node Test Utilities.


New Relic Test Utilities is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License.

New Relic Test Utilities also uses source code from third-party libraries. You can find full details on which libraries are used and the terms under which they are licensed in the third-party notices document.

If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

The npm package download data comes from npm's download counts api and package details come from npms.io.