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React Test npm install react-test test badge gzip size

Expressive testing library for React to make sure your code works as expected:

import $ from "react-test";

it("increments when clicked", async () => {
  const counter = $(<Counter />);

The react-test syntax follows a similar schema to jQuery so it's very easy to write expressive tests. It also adds some Jest matchers (if you are using Jest) for convenience.

Early package! We are looking for beginner Open Source contributors! ❤️

Getting Started

First you'll need a working React project. As an example you can start a working React project with Create React App:

npx create-react-app my-app
cd my-app

Then install react-test. It is only needed for development:

npm install react-test --save-dev

Finally you can write tests. Let's say you have the <Counter /> component from this example and you want to test it to make sure it works as expected:

// src/Counter.js
import React, { useState } from "react";

export default function Counter() {
  const [counter, setCounter] = useState(0);
  const increment = () => setCounter(counter + 1);
  return <button onClick={increment}>{counter}</button>;
// src/Counter.test.js
import React from "react";
import $ from "react-test";
import Counter from "./Counter";

describe("Counter.js", () => {
  it("is initialized to 0", () => {
    const counter = $(<Counter />);

  it("can be incremented with a click", async () => {
    const counter = $(<Counter />);

  it("can be incremented multiple times", async () => {
    const counter = $(<Counter />);

Finally run the tests with Jest:

npm run test

Basics of testing

React applications are divided in components, and these components can be tested either individually or in group. Self-contained components are easier to test, document and debug.

For example, a plain button can be defined with a callback function, and change colors depending on the primary attribute:

import React from "react";

export default function Button({ primary, onClick, children }) {
  const background = primary ? "blue" : "gray";
  return (
    <button onClick={onClick} style={{ background }}>

Then we can test it with react-test by creating a Button.test.js file and adding some assertions:

import React from "react";
import $ from "react-test";
import Button from "./Button";

describe("Button.js", () => {
  it("has different backgrounds depending on the props", () => {
    const $button = $(<Button>Hello</Button>);
    expect($button).toHaveStyle("background", "gray");
    const $primary = $(<Button primary>Hello</Button>);
    expect($primary).toHaveStyle("background", "blue");

  it("can be clicked", async () => {
    const fn = jest.fn();
    const $button = $(<Button onClick={fn}>Hello</Button>);
    await $;

  // FAILS
  it("cannot be clicked if it's disabled", async () => {
    const fn = jest.fn();
    const $button = $(
      <Button onClick={fn} disabled>
    await $;
    expect(fn).not.toBeCalled(); // ERROR!

Great! All of our tests are working except for the last one. Now we can go back to our component and fix it:

import React from "react";

export default function Button({ primary, onClick, children, ...props }) {
  const background = primary ? "blue" : "gray";
  return (
    <button onClick={onClick} style={{ background }} {...props}>


Matched nodes

When we talk about "the first element" or "the elements matched" we always refer to the top-level element (unless specified differently). So in this example:

const list = $(

The first element, which is the same as the matched nodes, is the ul and not the

  • . We can always "go down a level" with the proper DOM navigation methods:

    const list = $(...);  // The node <ul>
    const items = list.children();  // An array of <li> nodes

    In this case the matched nodes of list is an array containing only the <ul>, while the matched nodes for items is an array with both of the <li>.

    This is very important for many things, e.g. if you are trying to .filter() the <li> you need to use items and not list, same as if you want to get the first <li>'s Node:

    list.get(0); // <ul>...</ul> ~> The whole thing
    items.get(0); // <li>A</li>   ~> The first item
    items.get(1); // <li>B</li>   ~> The second item
    items.get(-1); // <li>B</li>   ~> The last item


    Is this an official Facebook/React library?

    No. This follows the community convention of calling a library related to React as react-NAME. It is made by these contributors without any involvement of Facebook or React.

    How can I contribute?

    Thanks! Please read the Contributing Guide where we explain how to get started with the project. Right now there are some beginner-friendly issues so please feel free to implement those!

    I will try to help as much as possible on the PRs.

    I have a problem, how do I fix it?

    Don't sweat it, just open an issue. React Test is in an early phase with incomplete documentation so feel free to read the code or ask directly in the issues.

    This will change once the library is more stable, there's more documentation and if the community grows (maybe a chat, or reddit group, or ...).

    How did you get react-test?

    I've written a blog post about this, but the gist of it is that the npm package was taken by before but not used. So I asked politely and they allowed me to use it.

    How is this different from React Testing Library?

    This is a difficult one. First, React Testing Library, the documentation and the work from @kentcdodds and other collaborators is amazing and I've learned a lot from it. The main differences are:

    The syntax follows jQuery-style chaining:

    // react-test
    import $ from "react-test";
    test("Increments when clicked", async () => {
      const $counter = $(<Counter />);
      await $;
    // react testing library
    import { render, fireEvent } from "@testing-library/react";
    test("Increments when clicked", () => {
      const { getByRole, container } = render(<Counter />);

    React Test is a work in progress, so if you are writing tests for production right now please use one of the better known alternatives.

    jQuery syntax, ewwh

    That's not really a question! But if for some reason you deeply despise those dollars, perhaps because they remind you of PHP, you can avoid them altogether:

    import render from "react-test";
    test("Increments when clicked", async () => {
      const counter = render(<Counter />);

    We obviously love React, but let's not forget that jQuery also has some great things as well. This library brings some of these nice things to react testing.

    When will the 1.0 be ready?

    To launch the version 1.0, I'd like to finish a few tasks:

    • Write more documentation and normalize it
    • Normalize code, specially across testing
    • Add some more event-based functionality, like extending native events (if possible).
    • Write 5 working examples in total. Counter, Signup, MovieList, CRUD and Swipe (names TBD).

    I don't know how long that'll take, right now I'm normalizing the code and documentation.

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