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Setting Up React Native Testing Library and jest-native

Installing React Native Testing Library

We'll be using React Native Testing Library with the Jest test runner. If you haven't already, set up Jest.

Now we'll add React Native Testing Library:

$ yarn add --dev @testing-library/react-native

Installing jest-native

We'll be adding jest-native to add some additional test matchers. First, add the dependency:

$ yarn add --dev @testing-library/jest-native

Next, if you don't already have a setupFilesAfterEnv file configured for Jest, add one to your Jest config in package.json:

 "jest": {
"preset": "[react-native or jest-expo]",
+ "setupFilesAfterEnv": ["./jest-setup-after-env.js"]

(Note that if you already have a setupFiles entry, setupFilesAfterEnv is different.)

If the setup file doesn't already exist, create an empty file at that location.

Add the following line to the file pointed to by setupFilesAfterEnv:

import '@testing-library/jest-native/extend-expect';

Smoke Test

To confirm it's working, let's write a trivial component and test it.

At the root of your project, create a Hello.js file and enter the following contents:

import React from 'react';
import {Text} from 'react-native';

export default function Hello() {
return <Text>Hello, world!</Text>;

Next, add a Hello.spec.js file at the root of your project with the following contents:

import React from 'react';
import {render, screen} from '@testing-library/react-native';
import Hello from './Hello';

describe('Hello', () => {
it('renders the correct message', () => {
render(<Hello />);
expect(screen.getByText('Hello, world!')).toBeVisible();

Run your tests with yarn test. If you added the unit smoke test as well as the component smoke test, you should see the following output:

PASS ./smoke.spec.js
PASS ./formatAddress.spec.js
PASS ./Hello.spec.js

Test Suites: 3 passed, 3 total
Tests: 3 passed, 3 total
Snapshots: 0 total
Time: 3.781s
Ran all test suites.
✨ Done in 4.70s.