Nightwatch v2.2 brings its own integrated HTML reporter which better aggregate test results in a user-friendly HTML view. It provides test results, time taken by each test module, assertions made in each test case along with raw HTTP logs which help with debugging.


The HTML reporter is enabled by default, along with the JUnit XML and JSON reporters, but its behaviour can be configured as follows:

Via the config file

The output_folder config settings is used to specify the location where the HTML report files will be saved. Nightwatch writes the HTML report inside a sub-folder called nightwatch-html-report.

module.exports = {
  output_folder: 'tests_output'

Refer to the Configuration > Output settings page for a complete list of test output related settings.

Via the CLI

You can also configure the output folder at runtime via the CLI, using the --output flag:

nightwatch --output ./tests-output

Refer to the CLI reference page for a complete list of CLI flags that Nightwatch accepts.


Step 0: create a new project

First, let's create a new empty project and install Nightwatch inside it:

mkdir ./test-project && cd ./test-project

Step 1: install Nightwatch and chromedriver

Install nightwatch and chromedriver from NPM (chromedriver is the W3C WebDriver implementation for running tests in the Google Chrome browser; make sure you have the latest Chrome browser installed on your machine):

npm i nightwatch chromedriver

Step 2: run an example test and view the HTML reporter

Consider the duckDuckGo.js example test:

describe('duckduckgo example', function() {
  it('Search Nightwatch.js and check results', function(browser) {
      .sendKeys('#search_form_input_homepage', ['Nightwatch.js'])
      .assert.textContains('.results--main', 'Nightwatch.js');

By default, all the built-in reports are generated (HTML, Junit-XML, and JSON), so you don't have to do anything else. Run the tests as usual:

npx nightwatch examples/tests/duckDuckGo.js --env chrome

To generate only the built-in HTML report, run the following command:

npx nightwatch examples/tests/duckDuckGo.js --env chrome --reporter=html

To generate both the built-in JUnit-XML and HTML reports, run the following command (v2.2+):

npx nightwatch examples/tests/duckDuckGo.js --env chrome --reporter=junit --reporter=html

Step 3: view the HTML report

The HTML report should have been generated in the local tests_output folder inside the current project directory. It will look something like this:

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View the HTTP raw logs

Raw HTTP logs contain all the detailed HTTP request/response traffic between Nightwatch and the Selenium/WebDriver and are included in the report by default for each test session:

Screenshot 2022-06-07 at 4 07 50 PM

Automatically open the report

Use the --open command line argument to open the generated HTML report generated in the default browser:

npx nightwatch examples/tests/duckDuckGo.js --env chrome --reporter=html --open