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Custom Interactors

While using the default Interactor can be fine for simple and smaller components, custom interactors are easy to create using the class decorator and interaction creators. Custom interactors allow us to keep all of our selectors in one place, and have the benefit of being composable with other interactors to interact with more complex structures.

import {
} from '@bigtest/interactor';

@interactor class FieldInteractor {
  // custom properties are lazy like the default properties
  label = text('[data-test-label]');
  value = value('[data-test-input]');
  type = property('[data-test-input]', 'type');

  // `*able` property creators create chainable interactor methods
  fill = focusable('[data-test-input]');
  focus = focusable('[data-test-input]');
  blur = blurrable('[data-test-input]');

The default set of properties and methods have corresponding interaction creators. There are also several other available interaction creators to choose from as well.

Custom Methods And Properties

Additional methods and property getters can also be defined directly on the decorated class. However, be careful with property initializers and using this, as it will reference the undecorated class instance and not the interactor instance you might expect.

@interactor class FieldInteractor {
  // ...

  // methods that return new instances of itself will be chainable with other methods
  fillIn(value) {
    return this.focus().fill(value).blur()

  // using getters ensures that properties will not be invoked until necessary
  get isPassword() {
    return this.type === 'password';

  // the following will not work because `this` references the undecorated class
  // foo = () => this.doesntWork()

Custom Interaction Creators

For commonly used custom properties and methods, two helpers exist which allow you to define your own reusable interaction creators: computed, for properties, and action, for methods.

In addition to the default methods, interactors also have a few of their own helper methods.

import { computed } from '@bigtest/interactor';

// returns a specific data attribute of an element
export function data(selector, key) {
  // to align with other interaction creators, `selector` is optional
  if (!key) {
    key = selector;
    selector = null;

  // the `computed` helper creates a getter
  return computed(function() {
    return this.$(selector).dataset[key];

Interactor methods #find(selector) and #findAll(selector) behave just like their aforementioned counterparts, except that they return new instances for chaining. The found element(s) are passed along to the next function in the chain.

import { action } from '@bigtest/interactor';

// triggers a keypress event for each character in a given string
export function typeable(selector) {
  // the `action` helper returns an interactor method
  return action(function(string) {
    return this.find(selector)
    // `#do` executes a callback within the queue
      .do(($node) => {
        for (let char of string) {
            new Event('keypress', {
              charChode: char.charCodeAt(),
              cancelable: true,
              bubbles: true

Using Custom Interactors

Custom interactors can be used just like normal interactors would be.

let username = new FieldInteractor('[data-test-username-field]');
let password = new FieldInteractor('[data-test-password-field]');

// focuses, fills, and blurs the field input
await username.fillIn('bigtester');

// property access could trigger "element not found" errors like default properties

If an interactor typically only ever belongs to one element, defining a static defaultScope property prevents us from having to initialize the interactor with a scope selector every time.

@interactor class HomePageInteractor {
  static defaultScope = '[data-test-home-page]';
  // ...

// defaults scope to "[data-test-home-page]"
let homePage = new HomePageInteractor();

Custom Interactors can also be used to compose other interactors by nesting them within each other. Helpers like scoped and collection also allow you to scope an interactor or group of interactors to specific elements within the parent interactor.