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Write API Tests for HTTP DELETE Method

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The HTTP DELETE method is pretty straightforward, it deletes an existing resource and if the resource is already deleted it will most likely throw a ‘not found’ error.

Let’s take a look at an example –

it('DELETE /users/:id', () => {
  return request
    .delete('users/2')
    .set('Authorization', `Bearer ${TOKEN}`)
    .then((res) => {
      expect(res.body.data).to.be.eq(null);
    });
});

This will likely return the body similar to this-

{ code: 204, meta: null, data: null }

And, upon hitting the same request again, you will see a not-found error –

{ code: 404, meta: null, data: { message: 'Resource not found' } }

Check out this video to see a detailed explanation on how to work with the HTTP DELETE method:

You can also clone the GitHub repo to access this code


To learn more about API testing, check out my free tutorial series here –

JavaScript API Automation Testing Tutorial Series

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