How to setup mocha in typescript ES Module

Install dependencies


npm install -D mocha chai ts-mocha typescript ts-node

.mocharc.json for typescript ESM project

  "extension": [
  "node-option": [
  "spec": [

"test/**/*.spec.ts" is pattern all test files

"node-option" is node cli arguments

ensure type module in package.json

  "type": "module"

Make sample test

create file test/basic.spec.ts with below codes

import assert from 'assert';

describe('My function', function () {
  it('should test', function () {
    assert.equal(1, 2);

How to test

mocha test all patterns from .mocharc.json


mocha testing bulk files

ts-mocha test/*.spec.ts

mocha testing single file

ts-mocha test/basic.spec.ts

mocha test reporting to html

mocha --reporter doc > reports/report.html

Result Screenshots

Using ts-mocha