Async function in mocha before() is alway finished before it() spec?

I have a callback function in before() which is for cleaning database. Is everything in before() guaranteed to finish before it() starts?

   db.collection('user').remove({}, function(res){}); // is it guaranteed to finish before it()? 

it('test spec', function(done){
  // do the test




For new mocha versions :

You can now return a promise to mocha, and mocha will wait for it to complete before proceeding. For example, the following test will pass :

let a = 0;
before(() => {
  return new Promise((resolve) => {
    setTimeout(() => {
      a = 1;
    }, 200);
it('a should be set to 1', () => {
  assert(a === 1);

You can find the documentation here

For older mocha versions :

If you want your asynchronous request to be completed before everything else happens, you need to use the done parameter in your before request, and call it in the callback.

Mocha will then wait until done is called to start processing the following blocks.

before(function (done) {
   db.collection('user').remove({}, function (res) { done(); }); // It is now guaranteed to finish before 'it' starts.

it('test spec', function (done) {
  // execute test

after(function() {});

You should be careful though, as not stubbing the database for unit testing may strongly slow the execution, as requests in a database may be pretty long compared to simple code execution.

For more information, see the Mocha documentation.


Hopefully your db.collection() should return a promise. If yes then you can also use async keyword in before()

// Note: I am using Mocha 5.2.0.
before(async function(){
   await db.collection('user').remove({}, function(res){}); // it is now guaranteed to finish before it()


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