Unit test React components using Cypress
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A little helper to unit test React components in the open source Cypress.io E2E test runner ALPHA


Known problems

  • some DOM events are not working when running all tests at once #4
  • cannot mock server XHR for injected components #5
  • cannot spy on window.alert #6


Requires Node version 6 or above.

npm install --save-dev cypress cypress-react-unit-test


// import the component you want to test
import { HelloState } from '../../src/hello-x.jsx'
import React from 'react'
import { mount } from 'cypress-react-unit-test'
describe('HelloState component', () => {
  it('works', () => {
    // mount the component under test
    mount(<HelloState />)
    // start testing!
    cy.contains('Hello Spider-man!')
    // mounted component is returned from Cypress.component()
    Cypress.component().invoke('setState', {name: 'React'})
    Cypress.component().its('state').should('deep.equal', {
      name: 'React'
    // check if GUI has rerendered
    cy.contains('Hello React!')

Unit testing React components


How can we use features that require transpilation? Using @cypress/webpack-preprocessor. You can use cypress/plugins/index.js to configure any transpilation plugins you need.

For example, to enable class properties:

// cypress/plugins/index.js
const webpack = require('@cypress/webpack-preprocessor')
const webpackOptions = {
  module: {
    rules: [
        test: /\.(js|jsx|mjs)$/,
        loader: 'babel-loader',
        options: {
          presets: ['@babel/preset-env', '@babel/preset-react'],
          plugins: ['@babel/plugin-proposal-class-properties'],

const options = {
  // send in the options from your webpack.config.js, so it works the same
  // as your app's code
  watchOptions: {}

module.exports = on => {
  on('file:preprocessor', webpack(options))

Install dev dependencies

npm i -D @cypress/webpack-preprocessor \
  babel-loader @babel/preset-env @babel/preset-react \

And write a component using class properties

import React from 'react'

export class Transpiled extends React.Component {
  state = {
    count: 0

  // ...


All components are in src folder. All tests are in cypress/integration folder.

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