Parallel Execution

# Parallel Execution

CodeceptJS has two engines for running tests in parallel:

  • run-workers - which spawns NodeJS Worker in a thread. Tests are split by scenarios, scenarios are mixed between groups, each worker runs tests from its own group.
  • run-multiple - which spawns a subprocess with CodeceptJS. Tests are split by files and configured in codecept.conf.js.

Workers are faster and simpler to start, while run-multiple requires additional configuration and can be used to run tests in different browsers at once.

# Parallel Execution by Workers

It is easy to run tests in parallel if you have a lots of tests and free CPU cores. Just execute your tests using run-workers command specifying the number of workers to spawn:

npx codeceptjs run-workers 2

ℹ Workers require NodeJS >= 11.7

This command is similar to run, however, steps output can't be shown in workers mode, as it is impossible to synchronize steps output from different processes.

Each worker spins an instance of CodeceptJS, executes a group of tests, and sends back report to the main process.

By default the tests are assigned one by one to the avaible workers this may lead to multiple execution of BeforeSuite(). Use the option --suites to assigne the suites one by one to the workers.

npx codeceptjs run-workers --suites 2

# Multiple Browsers Execution

This is useful if you want to execute same tests but on different browsers and with different configurations or different tests on same browsers in parallel.

Create multiple section in configuration file, and fill it with run suites. Each suite should have browser array with browser names or driver helper's configuration:

multiple: {
  basic: {
    // run all tests in chrome and firefox
    browsers: ["chrome", "firefox"]

  smoke: {
    browsers: [
      // replace any config values from WebDriver helper
        browser: "chrome",
        windowSize: "maximize",
        desiredCapabilities: {
          acceptSslCerts: true

You can use grep and outputName params to filter tests and output directory for suite:

"multiple": {
  "smoke": {
    // run only tests containing "@smoke" in name
    "grep": "@smoke",

    // store results into `output/smoke` directory
    "outputName": "smoke",

    "browsers": [
      {"browser": "chrome", "windowSize": "maximize"}

Then tests can be executed using run-multiple command.

Run all suites for all browsers:

codeceptjs run-multiple --all

Run basic suite for all browsers

codeceptjs run-multiple basic

Run basic suite for chrome only:

codeceptjs run-multiple basic:chrome

Run basic suite for chrome and smoke for firefox

codeceptjs run-multiple basic:chrome smoke:firefox

Run basic tests with grep and junit reporter

codeceptjs run-multiple basic --grep signin --reporter mocha-junit-reporter

Run regression tests specifying different config path:

codeceptjs run-multiple regression -c path/to/config

Each executed process uses custom folder for reports and output. It is stored in subfolder inside an output directory. Subfolders will be named in suite_browser format.

Output is printed for all running processes. Each line is tagged with a suite and browser name:

[basic:firefox] GitHub --
[basic:chrome] GitHub --
[basic:chrome]    it should not enter
[basic:chrome]  ✓ signin in 2869ms

[basic:chrome]   OK  | 1 passed   // 30s
[basic:firefox]    it should not enter
[basic:firefox]  ✖ signin in 2743ms

[basic:firefox] -- FAILURES:

# Hooks

Hooks are available when using the run-multiple command to perform actions before the test suites start and after the test suites have finished. See Hooks for an example.

# Parallel Execution

CodeceptJS can be configured to run tests in parallel.

When enabled, it collects all test files and executes them in parallel by the specified amount of chunks. Given we have five test scenarios (a_test.js,b_test.js,c_test.js,d_test.js and e_test.js), by setting "chunks": 2 we tell the runner to run two suites in parallel. The first suite will run a_test.js,b_test.js and c_test.js, the second suite will run d_test.js and e_test.js.

multiple: {
  parallel: {
    // Splits tests into 2 chunks
    chunks: 2

To execute them use run-multiple command passing configured suite, which is parallel in this example:

codeceptjs run-multiple parallel

Grep and multiple browsers are supported. Passing more than one browser will multiply the amount of suites by the amount of browsers passed. The following example will lead to four parallel runs.

multiple: {
  // 2x chunks + 2x browsers = 4
  parallel: {
    // Splits tests into chunks
    chunks: 2,
    // run all tests in chrome and firefox
    browsers: ["chrome", "firefox"]

Passing a function will enable you to provide your own chunking algorithm. The first argument passed to you function is an array of all test files, if you enabled grep the test files passed are already filtered to match the grep pattern.

multiple: {
  parallel: {
    // Splits tests into chunks by passing an anonymous function,
    // only execute first and last found test file
    chunks: (files) => {
      return [
        [ files[0] ], // chunk 1
        [ files[files.length-1] ], // chunk 2
    // run all tests in chrome and firefox
    browsers: ["chrome", "firefox"]

Chunking will be most effective if you have many individual test files that contain only a small amount of scenarios. Otherwise the combined execution time of many scenarios or big scenarios in one single test file potentially lead to an uneven execution time.

Last Updated: 1/4/2020, 4:33:51 AM