Setting Up Jest

React Native CLI installs the Jest testing framework by default, but if you're using Expo we need to install it manually.

Installing Jest

There is an Expo-specific Jest package we can use:

$ yarn add --dev jest-expo

Add the following to package.json:

     "android": "expo start --android",
     "ios": "expo start --ios",
+    "test": "jest",
     "eject": "expo eject"
     "jest-expo": "^31.0.0"
+  "jest": {
+    "preset": "jest-expo"
+  },
   "private": true

With this, our setup should be done.

Smoke Test

To confirm Jest is working, create a __tests__/unit folder, then create a __tests__/unit/smoke.spec.js file. Add the following contents:

describe('truth', () => {
  it('is true', () => {

Run the tests with yarn test. You should see output like the following:

# yarn test
yarn run v1.13.0
$ jest
 PASS  __tests__/unit/smoke.spec.js
    ✓ is true (3ms)

Test Suites: 1 passed, 1 total
Tests:       1 passed, 1 total
Snapshots:   0 total
Time:        3.662s
Ran all test suites matching /__tests__\/unit\/smoke.spec.js/i.
✨  Done in 9.35s.

Configuring ESLint

Jest has a number of globally-available functions, so if you're using ESLint, it will complain about these. We need to configure ESLint to accept them.

If you aren't already using ESLint in your project, it's easy to install in a React Native project. Add the following packages:

yarn add --dev eslint \
               babel-eslint \
               eslint-config-codingitwrong \
               eslint-plugin-import \
               eslint-plugin-jest \
               eslint-plugin-jsx-a11y \

Then create an .eslintrc.js file at the root of your project and add the following:

module.exports = {
  extends: [
  settings: {
    react: {
      version: '16.5',
  parser: 'babel-eslint',
  plugins: [
  env: {
    'browser': true,
    'es6': true,
    'jest/globals': true,
    'node': true,
  rules: {
    'react/prop-types': 'off',

Most code editors can be configured to run ESLint rules as you edit. You can also add an NPM script to do so:

   "scripts": {
     "start": "node node_modules/react-native/local-cli/cli.js start",
+    "lint": "eslint \"**/*.js\"",
     "test": "jest"