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Cucumber is a popular collaboration tool and a test runner capable of executing test scenarios written in plain language.

In this article, you will learn:

Examples and Project Templates

If you'd like to dive straight into the code, Serenity/JS GitHub repository provides:

Using Serenity/JS reporting services

To use Serenity/JS reporting services in a Cucumber project, you need to:

Serenity/JS test runner adapters

Serenity/JS test runner adapters turn internal, test runner-specific events into Serenity/JS domain events that can contribute to test execution reports produced by Serenity/JS reporting services.

@serenity-js/cucumber module provides a set of test runner adapters you can attach to any version of Cucumber test runner. The module detects the version of Cucumber you're using and picks the most appropriate adapter automatically.

Integration architecture depicted below applies to invoking cucumber-js command line interface directly, for example for domain-level, REST/HTTP API-level, or web-based testing using Playwright.

If you want your Cucumber scenarios to interact with web interfaces using Selenium Webdriver protocol, or connect them to a Selenium Grid, you should use Cucumber via Protractor or WebdriverIO instead.

Serenity/JS + Cucumber integration architecture

Installing Serenity/JS test runner adapter

Assuming you already have a Node.js project and Serenity/JS runtime dependencies set up, add the following Node modules:

To do that, run the following command in your terminal:

npm install --save-dev @serenity-js/core @serenity-js/cucumber @cucumber/cucumber

If you'd like to implement your test suite in TypeScript, also run:

npm install --save-dev typescript ts-node @types/node

Configuring Serenity/JS

If you intend to run your Cucumber scenarios using the Cucumber CLI, the best way to configure Serenity/JS is to invoke the Serenity/JS configure function in the Cucumber BeforeAll hook:

import { BeforeAll } from '@cucumber/cucumber'
import { configure } from '@serenity-js/core'

BeforeAll(() => {

// Configure Serenity/JS
crew: [
[ '@serenity-js/core:ArtifactArchiver', { outputDirectory: 'target/site/serenity' } ],
// ... any other reporting services

To learn more about installing and configuring Serenity/JS reporting services appropriate for your project, follow the Serenity/JS reporting guide.

Serenity understands Cucumber

Serenity understands the structure of your Cucumber .feature files and will augment your test execution reports with feature and scenario descriptions, detailed information about Cucumber steps, and much more!

Configuring Cucumber profile

To make sure Cucumber loads your Serenity/JS configuration file and correctly interprets TypeScript (if you're using it), create a cucumber.yaml profile:

# This is a Cucumber.js profile
# See
- ts-node/register # use TypeScript in-memory transpiler, ts-node
- '@serenity-js/cucumber' # attach Serenity/JS Cucumber adapter
- ./features/**/*.steps.ts # load step definition libraries
- ./features/**/*.config.ts # load configuration files

The above configuration works with the latest version of the cucumber.Cli available as part of the @cucumber/cucumber module. Consult the @serenity-js/cucumber documentation to learn how to configure the adapter with older versions of the runner.

Using Serenity/JS Screenplay Pattern APIs

Serenity/JS actor model is a natural fit for Cucumber scenarios and Serenity/JS Screenplay Pattern APIs can help your team implement Cucumber step definitions that are as easy to read and understand as your .feature files.

The fastest way to get started with Serenity/JS and Cucumber is to use one of the Serenity/JS + Cucumber project templates. However, if you're adding Serenity/JS to an existing project or simply want to understand how the integration works, this guide is for you.

Configuring a cast of actors

Serenity/JS Screenplay Pattern is an actor-centred model, so the first thing you need to do is to tell Serenity/JS what cast of actors you want to use.

If you're planning to run Cucumber scenarios using the Cucumber CLI directly, you can configure the actors in a BeforeAll hook, for example:

import { BeforeAll, AfterAll } from '@cucumber/cucumber'
import { configure, Cast } from '@serenity-js/core'
import { BrowseTheWebWithPlaywright } from '@serenity-js/playwright'

import * as playwright from 'playwright'

let browser: playwright.Browser;

BeforeAll(async () => {

// Launch the browser once before all the tests
// Serenity/JS will take care of managing Playwright browser context and browser tabs.
browser = await playwright.chromium.launch({
headless: true,

// Configure Serenity/JS
actors: Cast.where(actor =>
actor.whoCan(BrowseTheWebWithPlaywright.using(browser, {
baseURL: '',
crew: [
[ '@serenity-js/core:ArtifactArchiver', { outputDirectory: 'target/site/serenity' } ],
// ... any other reporting services

AfterAll(async () => {
// Close the browser after all the tests are finished
await browser?.close()

Consult the respective test runner instructions if you're invoking Cucumber indirectly, so via Protractor or WebdriverIO.

Referring to actors in test scenarios

When using Serenity/JS actors to represent user personas or important external systems interacting with the system under test, a common strategy is to refer to them in your Cucumber scenarios using their name and pronouns :

Feature: Todo list

Scenario: Starting fresh

When Alice opens the todo app for the first time
Then her todo list should be empty

To make Cucumber understand that Alice is a name of an actor, and that her means the most recent actor we accessed, you need to define custom parameter types.

All the Serenity/JS + Cucumber Project Templates use the below definitions, which use actorCalled and actorInTheSpotlight:

import { defineParameterType } from '@cucumber/cucumber'
import { actorCalled, actorInTheSpotlight } from '@serenity-js/core'

regexp: /[A-Z][a-z]+/,
transformer(name: string) {
return actorCalled(name)
name: 'actor',

regexp: /he|she|they|his|her|their/,
transformer() {
return actorInTheSpotlight()
name: 'pronoun',

With actor and pronoun parameter types defined, you can refer to them in Cucumber expressions describing your Cucumber steps definitions:

import { When, Then } from '@cucumber/cucumber'
import { Ensure, equals } from '@serenity-js/assertions'
import { Actor } from '@serenity-js/core'
import { Navigate, PageElements, By } from '@serenity-js/web'

When('{actor} opens the todo app for the first time', async (actor: Actor) => {
await actor.attemptsTo('')

Then('{pronoun} todo list should be empty', async (actor: Actor) => {
const displayedItems = () =>
PageElements.located(By.css('.todo-list li'))
.describedAs('displayed items')

await actor.attemptsTo(
Ensure.that(displayedItems().count(), equals(0))