Getting Started

The problem

You want to write maintainable tests for your React Native components without testing implementation details, but then you're told to use Enzyme, which you learn has no React Native adapter, meaning only shallow rendering is supported. And you want to render deep! But deep rendering may otherwise require jsdom (React Native isn't the web!), while doing deep rendering with react-test-renderer is so painful.

You would also like to use the newest React features, but you need to wait for your testing library's abstractions to catch up and it takes a while.

You finally want to approach testing using only best practices, while Enzyme may encourage assertions on implementation details.

This solution

The react-native-testing-library is a lightweight solution for testing your React Native components. It provides light utility functions on top of react-test-renderer letting you always be up to date with latest React features and write any component tests you like. It also prevents you from testing implementation details because we believe this is a very bad practice.

This library is a replacement for Enzyme.


import { render, fireEvent } from 'react-native-testing-library';
import { QuestionsBoard } from '../QuestionsBoard';
test('form submits two answers', () => {
const allQuestions = ['q1', 'q2'];
const mockFn = jest.fn();
const { getAllByA11yLabel, getByText } = render(
<QuestionsBoard questions={allQuestions} onSubmit={mockFn} />
const answerInputs = getAllByA11yLabel('answer input');
fireEvent.changeText(answerInputs[0], 'a1');
fireEvent.changeText(answerInputs[1], 'a2');'Submit'));
'1': { q: 'q1', a: 'a1' },
'2': { q: 'q2', a: 'a2' },

You can find the source of QuestionsBoard component and this example here.


Open a Terminal in your project's folder and run:

Using yarn

yarn add --dev react-native-testing-library

Using npm

npm install --save-dev react-native-testing-library

This library has a peerDependencies listing for react-test-renderer and, of course, react. Make sure to install them too!

As you may have noticed, it's not tied to React Native at all – you can safely use it in your React components if you feel like not interacting directly with DOM.


In order to properly use helpers for async tests (findBy queries and waitFor) you need at least React >=16.9.0 (featuring async act) or React Native >=0.60 (which comes with React >=16.9.0).

Additional Jest matchers

In order to use addtional React Native-specific jest matchers from @testing-library/jest-native package add it to your project:

Using yarn

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

Using npm

npm install --save-dev @testing-library/jest-native

Then automatically add it to your jest tests by using setupFilesAfterEnv option in your Jest configuration (it's usually located either in package.json under "jest" key or in a jest.config.js file):

"preset": "react-native",
"setupFilesAfterEnv": ["@testing-library/jest-native/extend-expect"]