More readable Jest + Enzyme tests assertions with jest-enzyme

When you're using Jest as a JavaScript Testing Framework for your React projects there is a high chance that you're using Jest in conjunction with Enzyme.

Enzyme is a popular JavaScript Testing utilities for React from Airbnb and de facto is a standard testing library withing the React community. Of course, there are some alternatives like react-testing-library but Enzyme us more popular.

If Jest + Enzyme works very well already, why bother and installing something else additionally?

Welcome Enzyme-matchers

Enzyme-matchers - is a set of Jest assertions for the enzyme to simplify your tests and make them more readable.

It has a package called jest-enzyme. That's what we need.

Reasons to use jest-enzyme

  • better tests readability
  • more comfortable (Enzyme doesn’t have all the handy assertions)
  • shorter (less code to write)
  • more specific error output (not general)

Assertions I use the most from the jest-enzyme

Not all assertions work with every rendering strategy. If you are wondering what rendering mechanism to use when, refer to enzyme's documentation.

I'm using full mount for most of my unit tests so these assertions work with it.

How to setup jest-enzyme?

Step 1. Install jest-enzyme package to your package.json

Note: there is a Setup documentation in the docs but I'm doing setup differently.

Depends which package manager you use Yarn or NPM from the project root execute add jest-enzyme to your devDependencies:

yarn add -D jest-enzyme # install with Yarn

npm i jest-enzyme --save-dev # install with NPM

Step 2. Configure jest-enzyme

In your jest.config.js file add property:

// jest.config.js
module.exports = {
  setupFilesAfterEnv: ['./jest/setupTestFramework.js']

// or in the package.json
  "jest": {
     "setupFilesAfterEnv": ['./jest/setupTestFramework.js'],

Step 3. Create setupTestFramework file

In the project root create a folder called jest with a file inside called setupTestFramework.js so you'll have a file structure like ./jest/setupTestFramework.js.

Step 4. Import jest-enzyme in the setupTestFramework file

Your setupTestFramework might look like that. Please include import 'jest-enzyme' line in it.

// ./jest/setupTestFramework.js
import { configure } from 'enzyme'
import Adapter from 'enzyme-adapter-react-16'
import 'jest-enzyme'

configure({ adapter: new Adapter() })

That's it! Now you can use better assertions form the jest-enzyme 🙂

jest-enzyme is a great addition to your React testing toolkit. It is not necessarily aiming at replacing Enzyme but a nice addition to it.