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Simple and complete React hooks testing utilities that encourage good testing practices.

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The problem

You're writing an awesome custom hook and you want to test it, but as soon as you call it you see the following error:

Invariant Violation: Hooks can only be called inside the body of a function component.

You don't really want to write a component solely for testing this hook and have to work out how you were going to trigger all the various ways the hook can be updated, especially given the complexities of how you've wired the whole thing together.

The solution

The react-hooks-testing-library allows you to create a simple test harness for React hooks that handles running them within the body of a function component, as well as providing various useful utility functions for updating the inputs and retrieving the outputs of your amazing custom hook. This library aims to provide a testing experience as close as possible to natively using your hook from within a real component.

Using this library, you do not have to concern yourself with how to construct, render or interact with the react component in order to test your hook. You can just use the hook directly and assert the results.

When to use this library

  1. You're writing a library with one or more custom hooks that are not directly tied a component
  2. You have a complex hook that is difficult to test through component interactions

When not to use this library

  1. Your hook is defined along side a component and is only used there
  2. Your hook is easy to test by just testing the components using it



import { useState, useCallback } from 'react'

function useCounter() {
  const [count, setCount] = useState(0)

  const increment = useCallback(() => setCount((x) => x + 1), [])

  return { count, increment }

export default useCounter


import { renderHook, act } from '@testing-library/react-hooks'
import useCounter from './useCounter'

test('should increment counter', () => {
  const { result } = renderHook(() => useCounter())

  act(() => {


More advanced usage can be found in the documentation.


npm install --save-dev @testing-library/react-hooks

Peer Dependencies

react-hooks-testing-library does not come bundled with a version of react or react-test-renderer to allow you to install the specific version you want to test against. Generally, the installed versions for react and react-test-renderer should have matching versions:

npm install react@^16.9.0
npm install --save-dev react-test-renderer@^16.9.0

Both of these dependecies must be installed as at least version 16.9.0 to be compatible with react-hooks-testing-library.


See the API reference.


Thanks goes to these wonderful people (emoji key):

Michael Peyper
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Vince Malone
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Sebastian Weber
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Christian Gill
Christian Gill


This project follows the all-contributors specification. Contributions of any kind welcome!


Looking to contribute? Look for the Good First Issue label.

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Please file an issue for bugs, missing documentation, or unexpected behavior.

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❓ Questions

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