Unit testing controller using $ionicView.enter


I’m trying to unit test a controller that uses $ionicView.enter like this

myControllers.controller('MyCtrl', [
function($scope) {
  'use strict';

  $scope.$on('$ionicView.enter', function(){
    $scope.myValue = 1;


In my unit test I can spy on the event and check it’s been called, but it doesn’t then get into the function and set $scope.myValue. This is my test:

it('should do stuff', function () {
  spyOn(scope, '$on').and.callThrough();

// this passes
// this fails - scope.myValue is undefined


I thought callThrough would call the code inside the function I’m spying on, but doesn’t seem to here.

Any help appreciated.


The answer was to trigger the ionicView enter event after my controller set up in the test rather than try to spy on it.

beforeEach(inject(function($controller) {
  scope = $rootScope.$new();
  $controller('MyCtrl', {
    $scope: scope