Frisby: Rest API Automation Framework

Rest API Automation Framework

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About Frisby:

Frisby is a rest API automation test framework. It allows us to write automated tests using Node.js and Jasmine js to test the integrity of Rest APIs.


  1. Frisby is a node.js package so it must be installed on your machine. It can be downloaded from the following location: https://nodejs.org/en/download/
  2. Now to install frisby.js from command line using npm (node package manager), use the following command:
    npm install -g frisby
    Note: It will install frisby at following location: “C:\Users\Abhishek\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\frisby”. This location will be required in 1st line of frisby test spec.
  3. Frisby also requires jasmine. Install it using the following command: npm install -g jasmine-node

How to write a frisby test:

    • On 1st line of your spec you have to import frisby.js
      var myFrisby = require('C:/Users/Abhishek/AppData/Roaming/npm/node_modules/frisby/lib/frisby');

      Note: Please update the Frisby path to match the installation location on your machine.

    • Set the following headers as shown below:
      request: {
      headers: { 'X-Ms-Source':'api','X-Ms-Format':'xml','Authorization':'Basic c2hyZXlhIGdveWFsOm0jbWY4cDlMZ2ZAMU1xUTg='}
    • Now, we’ll start with our first test case. Using the create method we will set the test description/name. This will be printed in the logs/report when this test will pass or fail.
      var test1 = myFrisby.create("User should login with valid credentials")
    • Then you have to specify your request type. Each frisby test must be associated with a request type like (get, post, put, delete, or head).
      test1.get("http://your-api-url/login?username=<some username>&password=<some password>")

      Note: You can also pass the parameter in your post request using following code:

      test1.post(login_url, {email: email_for_login, password: password_for_login})
    • Then if you want you can set the timeout.
    • Then if you want you can print your response.
    • Then you have to specify assertions.

    • Then you have to end test using toss() method.

Some built-in assertion/verification test helpers provided by Frisby:

    1. expectStatus: This method is used to verify expected HTTP status code of response from API.
      .expectStatus(200), .expectStatus(500) etc.
    2. expectJSONTypes: This method is used to verify expected JSON key type of API.
      error: String
      status: String
    3. expectJSON: Through this you can verify expected JSON.
      error: “Username or password not provided.”,
      status: “error”
    4. expectHeaderContains: Through this you can verify expected header of API.
      .expectHeaderContains(‘Content-Type’, ‘text/plain’)
    5. expectBodyContains: Through this you can verify expected body of API.
      .expectBodyContains(“Username or password not provided.”)

Some of the most commonly used built-in inspectors:

  1. inspectHeaders(): Print response header in console.
  2. inspectJSON(): Dumps parsed JSON body in console.
  3. inspectBody(): Dumps the raw response body without any parsing.

You can also set timeout  of your API response by following method:

Naming convention of Frisby test file/spec:

Frisby uses jasmine so name of test/spec file must end with keyword ‘spec’ and file extension should be ‘.js’.
e.g.  test1spec.js, test2_spec.js etc.

Run Frisby Tests:

Frisby is built on top of Jasmine BDD framework. It uses jasmine-node to run the tests.
Syntax– jasmine-node ‘js filename with spec  keyword’
Example– jasmine-node test1spec.js

Generate Junit report:

The jasmine-node test runner has an option that generates test run reports in JUnit XML format. You can achieve it by following syntax.
Syntax– jasmine-node ‘js filename with spec  keyword’ –junitreport
Example– jasmine-node test1spec.js –junitreport

How to run multiple test as a suite:

You can run multiple frisby test as a suite using Jasmine functions describe() and it().


Test suite should start with Jasmine function ‘describe’ with two parameters: a string and a function. Here string is a name or title for a spec suite. The function is a block of code that implements the suite.


  Spec/test case are defined by calling jasmine function ‘it’ with two parameters: a string and a function. The string is the title of the spec and the function is the spec, or test.

describe("Test Suite Name", function(){
	it("Spec Title 1", function(){
		frisby.create("Test 1")
	it("Spec Title 2", function(){
		frisby.create("Test 1")


Sample Test Suite code:

var frisby = require('C:/Users/Abhishek/AppData/Roaming/npm/node_modules/frisby/lib/frisby');

describe("Test Login", function(){

	it("Invalid Login", function(){
		frisby.create("http://your-api-url/login?username=<some username>&password=<some password>")
		.expectHeaderContains('Content-Type', 'text/plain')
		.expectBodyContains("Password didn't match.")
			error: String,
			status: String
			error: "Password didn't match.",
			status: "error"

	it("Valid Login", function(){
		frisby.create("Verify Data On Valid Login")
		.get("http://your-api-url/login?username=<some username>&password=<some password>")
	.expectHeaderContains('Content-Type', 'text/plain')
		canAccessLive: String,
		canAccessOneWay: String,
		canReviewOneWay: String,
		fullName: String,
		loginid: String,
		status: String
		canAccessLive: "true",
		canAccessOneWay: "true",
		canReviewOneWay: "true",
		fullName: "Abhishek Verma",
		loginid: "8301",
		status: "ok"


Hope this blog post will help you in your Frisby framework. Happy Testing!

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