I'm reading truffles's docs and am trying to build a custom project with a contract and a few test cases (written in a js file). I need to do this because testrpc is (considerably) faster than geth. My setup is as follows:

I have a directory for the project with the following layout:

drwxr-xr-x 5 user user 4096 Aug  4 10:55 app
drwxr-xr-x 4 user user 4096 Aug  4 11:35 build
drwxr-xr-x 2 user user 4096 Aug  4 11:06 contracts
drwxr-xr-x 2 user user 4096 Aug  4 10:55 migrations
drwxr-xr-x 2 user user 4096 Aug  4 11:24 test
-rw-r--r-- 1 user user  248 Aug  4 10:55 truffle.js

The files were created using truffle init. I've cleared the contracts in the contracts directory and the js files in the test directory.

I have a contract:


contract C {

    string words = "Bla bla bla";

    uint256 lastVal;

    function math(uint256 a, uint256 b) returns (uint256) {
        lastVal = a + b;
        return lastVal;

    function getWords() constant returns (string) {
        return words;

in the contracts directory and a test file:


contract('C', function(accounts) {
  it("Getting the words string from the contract", function() {
    var c = C.deployed();

    return c.getWords.call(accounts[0]).then(function(words) {
      assert.equal(words, "Bla bla bla", "[E] The contract should have said \"Bla bla bla\"");

  it(" 2 + 2 = 4 ", function(){
    var c = C.deployed();

    return c.math(2, 2).then(function(additionResult){
        assert.equal(additionResult, 4, "[E] 2 + 2 = 4 even in eth. contracts.");

in the tests directory. I have manually cleared the build directory and ran

truffle build

int the base directory. Nothing (no artifacts) gets built in the build directory. Why?

Does anybody have a minimal setup that does not involve developing a web app? only the contract .sol files and js test files.


The output is not in the build directory but in the ./environments/ directories.

Truffle knows 4 environments by default

  • development
  • staging
  • production
  • test

Each environment is configurable to use a different blockchain. You can change your environment by truffle deploy -e <environment>

Read more on the configuration in the truffle docs.

  • Now I ran into another issue related to testing methods. I've opened a ticket here: github.com/ConsenSys/truffle/issues/225 . I have no environments directories in my project directory. – Sebi Aug 5 '16 at 14:13
  • In version v2.0.4 that I'm using truffle init doesn't create the environment directories anymore. – Sebi Aug 5 '16 at 14:34
  • Do you have a minimal setup of truffle? I'm stuck at testing state changing methods: ethereum.stackexchange.com/questions/7822/… – Sebi Aug 8 '16 at 8:30

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