Learning to test React Native with Jest — part 1

It’s a snap!(shot)

Jason Gaare
May 25, 2017 · 5 min read
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Adding Jest to our project

1. Installing packages

2. Just a few more lines before we can get testing…

// Add this to your package.json
"scripts": {
"test": "jest"
"jest": {
"preset": "react-native"
// Add this to your .babelrc
"presets": ["react-native"]

3. Creating our first test

Doing more with Snapshots (enter: Enzyme)

"jest": {
"preset": "react-native",
"snapshotSerializers": [

Test rendering connected components

export default connect(mapStateToProps)(CameraSettings);

An okay way… (avoid the state)

// components/menu/CameraSettings.js
export class CameraSettings extends Component { ... }
// __tests__/components/menu/CameraSettings.test.js
import { CameraSettings } from 'components/menu/CameraSettings';

The better way (mock the state!)

Having a mocked state allows us to test the functionality of mapStateToProps rather than duplicating its logic in our test file.

We’ve only dipped our toes in the water so far

More in this series:

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