Using Dredd as a JavaScript Library

Dredd can be used directly from your JavaScript code. First, import and configure Dredd:

var Dredd = require('dredd');
var dredd = new Dredd(configuration);

Then you need to run the Dredd testing: (err, stats) {
  // err is present if anything went wrong
  // otherwise stats is an object with useful statistics

As you can see, is a function receiving another function as a callback. Received arguments are err (error if any) and stats (testing statistics) with numbers accumulated throughout the Dredd run.

Configuration Object for Dredd Class

Let's have a look at an example configuration first. (Please also see options source to read detailed information about the options attributes).

  server: 'http://localhost:3000/api', // your URL to API endpoint the tests will run against
  options: {

    'path': [],       // Required Array if Strings; filepaths to API description documents, can use glob wildcards

    'dry-run': false, // Boolean, do not run any real HTTP transaction
    'names': false,   // Boolean, Print Transaction names and finish, similar to dry-run

    'level': 'info', // String, log-level (info, silly, debug, verbose, ...)
    'silent': false, // Boolean, Silences all logging output

    'only': [],      // Array of Strings, run only transaction that match these names

    'header': [],    // Array of Strings, these strings are then added as headers (key:value) to every transaction
    'user': null,    // String, Basic Auth credentials in the form username:password

    'hookfiles': [], // Array of Strings, filepaths to files containing hooks (can use glob wildcards)

    'reporter': ['dot', 'html'], // Array of possible reporters, see folder src/reporters

    'output': [],     // Array of Strings, filepaths to files used for output of file-based reporters

    'inline-errors': false, // Boolean, If failures/errors are display immediately in Dredd run

    'color': true,
    'timestamp': false

  'emitter': EventEmitterInstance, // optional - listen to test progress, your own instance of EventEmitter

  'hooksData': {
    'pathToHook' : '...'

  'data': {
    'path/to/file': '...'


server (string)

Your choice of the API endpoint to test the API description against. It must be a valid URL (you can specify port, path and http or https protocol).

options (object)

Because options.path array is required, you must specify options. You'll end with errors otherwise.

options.path (object)

Required Array of filepaths to API description documents. Or it can also be an URL to download the API description from internet via http(s) protocol.

data (object)

Optional Object with keys as filename and value as blueprint-code.

Useful when you don't want to operate on top of filesystem and want to pass code of your API description as a string. You get the point.

hooksData (object)

Optional Object with keys as filename and strings with JavaScript hooks code.

Load hooks file code from string. Must be used together with sandboxed mode.

  'data': {
    './api-description.apib': 'FORMAT: 1A\n\n# My String API\n\nGET /url\n+ Response 200\n\n        Some content',
    './directory/another-api-description.apib': '# Another API\n\n## Group Machines\n\n### Machine [/machine]\n\n#### Read machine [GET]\n\n...'