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Testing Components

Let's talk about the different features React Native Testing Library offers for testing components.

Testing Text

Create a file Hello.js in the root of your project and enter the following:

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

export default function Hello({name}) {
return (
<Text>Hello, {name}!</Text>

Let's test that it displays the right message when a name is passed in as a prop. Create a file Hello.spec.js at the root of your project and add the following:

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

describe('Hello', () => {
it('displays the passed-in name', () => {
const {queryByText} = render(<Hello name="Josh" />);
expect(queryByText('Hello, Josh!')).not.toBeNull();

Here's what's going on:

  • render() renders the component to an in-memory representation that doesn't require an iOS or Android environment.
  • queryByText() finds a child component that contains the passed-in text, or null if it's not found
  • expect() creates a Jest expectation to check a condition. .not.toBeNull() checks that the value is not null, which means that an element with that text was found.


We've tested the rendering of a component; now let's test out interacting with a component. Here's a simple form component for sending a message to a chat system:

import React, {useState} from 'react';
import {Pressable, Text, TextInput, View} from 'react-native';

export default function NewMessageForm({onSend}) {
const [inputText, setInputText] = useState('');

const handleSend = () => {
if (onSend) {

return (
<Pressable onPress={handleSend}>

Let's start by simulating entering text and pressing the button:

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

describe('NewMessageForm', () => {
describe('clicking send', () => {
it('clears the message field', () => {
const {getByPlaceholderText, getByText} = render(<NewMessageForm />);

fireEvent.changeText(getByPlaceholderText('Message'), 'Hello world');'Send'));

The two getBy functions let us retrieve elements: getByText looking for Text components, and getByPlaceholderText looking for a placeholder within a TextInput.

fireEvent lets us fire an event on an element; specifically here we want the changeText event on the text field, and the press event on the button.

Now we need to actually check that the message field is cleared.

     fireEvent.changeText(getByPlaceholderText('Message'), 'Hello world');'Send'));
+ expect(getByPlaceholderText('Message')).toHaveProp('value', '');

The value prop of the TextInput is what it displays, so we can check that prop to see that it is currently displaying the empty string.

If you get the error TypeError: expect(...).toHaveProp is not a function, check your setup to make sure you've correctly configured a setupFilesAfterEnv file that sets up jest-native.

Verifying Actions

The other thing we want to confirm is that the onSend action is called. We can do this using a Jest mock function. A mock allows us to inspect whether it has been called, and with what arguments.

it('calls the onSend prop', () => {
const messageText = 'Hello world';
const sendHandler = jest.fn();
const {getByPlaceholderText, getByText} = render(
<NewMessageForm onSend={sendHandler} />,

fireEvent.changeText(getByPlaceholderText('Message'), 'Hello world');'Send'));