Adding git hooks to a React project to make sure testing and linting are performed before git commits/pushes.
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Fun with React and Git Hooks!

This project was created to test adding git hooks to a React project using the husky package. My goal was to make it so that, prior to either commiting code or pushing to a git repository, both the eslint linter and jest test suite must run.


If you want to see the final product in action, clone down this repository, run npm install to install all the dependencies, make a code change, and commit it. you should see both eslint and jest run prior to committing the code. If you make a test-breaking change (or one that violates an eslint rule), the pre-commit hook will fail and your code will not be committed.

Set Up from Scratch

Setting this up from scratch was fairly trivial. I started out by boostapping with create-react-app

create-react-app fun-with-git-hooks
cd fun-with-git-hooks

Next, I installed husky, which claims to be "git hooks made easy." (Accurate!). Since it's only necessary in the dev environment, only install it as a dev dependency.

npm install husky --save-dev

We actually end up needing one additional dev dependency called cross-env, which will allow us to configure a CI environment variable in whatever environment we're currently in.

npm install cross-env --save-dev

Finally, let's make some modifications to our package.json file to accomplish a few things:

  • Reconfigure jest tests to be run in Continuous Integration mode
  • Add a linting command (we didn't have to install eslint seperately as it bootstraps with create-react-app)
  • Configure our husky hooks to first lint and then test
"scripts": {
  "start": "react-scripts start",
  "build": "react-scripts build",
  "test": "cross-env CI=true react-scripts test --env=jsdom",
  "eject": "react-scripts eject",
  "lint": "eslint src"
"husky": {
  "hooks": {
    "pre-commit": "npm run lint && npm test",
    "pre-push": "npm run lint && npm test"

And that's it! Now, whenever you try to commit or push your code, you will be prevented from doing so if linting or testing fails. Quality for the win!