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This is an adapter to support using the Enzyme UI component testing library with Preact.

Supported Preact versions

The adapter supports the latest stable release (currently v8) as well as the latest v10 pre-release.


Add the library to your development dependencies:

# If using npm
npm install --save-dev enzyme-adapter-preact-pure

# If using yarn
yarn add --dev enzyme-adapter-preact-pure

Then in the setup code for your tests, configure Enzyme to use the adapter provided by this package:

import { configure } from 'enzyme';
import Adapter from 'enzyme-adapter-preact-pure';

configure({ adapter: new Adapter });

Once the adapter is configured, you can write Enzyme tests for your Preact UI components following the Enzyme docs. The full DOM rendering, shallow rendering and string rendering modes are supported.

Example projects

For runnable example projects, see the examples/ directory. To run the examples locally, clone this repository, then run:

cd examples/<project name>
npm install
npm test

Differences compared to Enzyme + React

The general intent is that tests written using Enzyme + React can be easily made to work with Enzyme + Preact or vice-versa. However there are some differences in behavior between this adapter and Enzyme's React adapters to be aware of:

Shallow rendering

  • When using Enzyme's shallow rendering mode, this adapter always invokes the component's lifecycle methods (componentDidUpdate etc.). The disableLifecycleMethods option is not respected.

  • React's shallow rendering does not create actual DOM nodes. The shallow rendering implemented by this adapter does. It works by simply by rendering the component as normal, except making any child components output only the children passed to them. In other words, during shallow rendering, all child components behave as if they were defined like this:

    function ShallowRenderedChild({ children }) {
      return children;

    This means that any side effects that rendered DOM elements have, such as <img> elements loading images, will still execute.

Simulating events

The simulate API does not dispatch actual DOM events in the React adapters, it just calls the corresponding handler. The Preact adapter does dispatch an actual event using element.dispatchEvent(...).

State updates

setState synchronously re-renders the component in React, except in event handlers. Preact on the other hand by default batches together calls to setState within the same tick of the event loop and schedules a render to happen in a future microtask. React's behavior may change in a future release.

To make writing tests easier, the Preact adapter will apply any pending state updates and re-render when:

  • The component is initially rendered by mount or shallow
  • An Enzyme API call is made that is expected to trigger a change in the rendered output, such as wrapper.setProps, wrapper.simulate or wrapper.setState
  • wrapper.update is called explicitly by a test

The consequences of this when writing tests are that any state updates triggered outside of an Enzyme method call will not be reflected in the rendered DOM until wrapper.update is called. Note this function also needs to be called when using React, as it synchronizes Enzyme's snapshot of the output with the actual DOM tree.


const wrapper = shallow(<ParentComponent/>);

// Trigger a state update outsize of Enzyme.

// Update the Enzyme wrapper's snapshot.

// Test that parent component updated as expected.

When using the Hooks API which is available in React 16.8+ and Preact 10, you also need to wrap any code which triggers effects in an act call in order to flush effects and trigger a re-render. The initial render and calls to APIs such as setProps or simulate are automatically wrapped in act for you.

In Preact the act function is available in the "preact/test-utils" package.

import { act } from 'preact/test-utils';

// Any effects scheduled by the initial render will run before `mount` returns.
const wrapper = mount(<Widget showInputField={false}/>);

// Perform an action outside of Enzyme which triggers effects in the parent
// `Widget`. Since Enzyme doesn't know about this, we have to wrap the calls
// with `act` to make effects execute before we call `wrapper.update`.
act(() => {

// Update the Enzyme wrapper's snapshot

Property names

In order to support Enzyme's class selectors, class props on Preact components are mapped to className.

import { mount } from 'enzyme';

const wrapper = mount(<div class="widget"/>);
wrapper.props() // Returns `{ children: [], className: 'widget' }`
wrapper.find('.widget').length // Returns `1`

Usage with preact/compat

This package has the same interface as the official enzyme-adapter-react-$version packages. If you are using preact/compat, you can alias enzyme-adapter-react-$version to this package in the same way as preact/compat.

preact-compat and functional components

preact-compat (for Preact v8) wraps functional components with a wrapper. This means that passing component types to Enzyme methods (eg. wrapper.find(MyComponent)) will not work if the component type is a function. Passing the name of the function (wrapper.find('MyComponent')) will still work.

This issue does not apply when using Preact 10 (with preact/compat).


After cloning the repository, you can build it and run tests as follows:

# Install dependencies.
yarn install

# Build the adapter library.
yarn build

# Run tests.
yarn test

# Run tests against a custom build of Preact.
yarn test --preact-lib <path to Preact bundle>


Can I use this library to test components that use hooks?

Yes. This library supports components that use the "Hooks" APIs available in Preact v10+. You may need to use the act function from preact/test-utils to flush effects synchronously in certain places. See the notes above about state updates in tests.

Why does the package name have a "-pure" suffix?

The name has a "-pure" suffix to distinguish it from enzyme-adapter-preact package which indirectly depends on React. This library is a "pure" Preact adapter which does not require Preact's React compatibility add-on.

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