version added: 1.0.0


QUnit.dump.parse( data )

Extensible data dumping and string serialization.

name description
data Data structure or object to parse.

This method does string serialization by parsing data structures and objects. It parses DOM elements to a string representation of their outer HTML. By default, nested structures will be displayed up to five levels deep. Anything beyond that is replaced by [object Object] and [object Array] placeholders.

If you need more or less output, change the value of QUnit.dump.maxDepth, representing how deep the elements should be parsed.


QUnit 2.1 The QUnit.jsDump alias was removed.
QUnit 1.15 The QUnit.jsDump interface was renamed to QUnit.dump.
The QUnit.jsDump alias is deprecated.


The following example is used on grunt-contrib-qunit to send messages from QUnit to PhantomJS.

QUnit.log(function( obj ) {

  // Parse some stuff before sending it.
  var actual = QUnit.dump.parse( obj.actual );
  var expected = QUnit.dump.parse( obj.expected );

  // Send it.
  sendMessage( "qunit.log", obj.result, actual, expected, obj.message, obj.source );

This example shows the parsed output of a simple JS object with a DOM reference.

var qHeader = document.getElementById( "qunit-header" ),
  parsed = QUnit.dump.parse( qHeader );

console.log( parsed );

// Logs: "<h1 id=\"qunit-header\"></h1>"

Limit output to one or two levels

var input = {
  parts: {
    front: [],
    back: []
QUnit.dump.maxDepth = 1;
console.log( QUnit.dump.parse( input ) );
// Logs: { "parts": [object Object] }

QUnit.dump.maxDepth = 2;
console.log( QUnit.dump.parse( input ) );
// Logs: { "parts": { "back": [object Array], "front": [object Array] } }