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How to Use window.crypto in Node.js

David Walsh
Published: October 27, 2022

I’ve been writing a bunch of jest tests recently for libraries that use the underlying window.crypto methods like getRandomValues() and window.crypto.subtle key management methods. One problem I run into is that the window.crypto object isn’t available, so I need to shim it.

To use the window.crypto methods, you will need Node 15+. You can set the window.crypto by importing the crypto package and setting it on the global:

const crypto = require('crypto').webcrypto;
// Shims the crypto property onto global
global.crypto = crypto;

I really loathe creating mock functions for missing libraries in Node because they can lead to faulty positives on tests; I really appreciate webcrypto being available!

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