Sarah Sarah - 3 months ago 27
React JSX Question

How to see what the rendered React component looks like in the Jest unit test?

I'm trying to run a test for the React component. I need to check how it looks like after rendering. Tried to use

but it fails. Here is the code:

import { NewRec } from '../src/components/edit';
import { shallow } from 'enzyme';
import React from 'react/lib/ReactWithAddons';
import ReactDOMServer from 'react-dom/server';


describe('NewRec component', () => {
const component = shallow(<NewRec />);
it('returns true if blah blah', ()=>{
var htmlstring = ReactDOMServer.renderToString(<component />);

I'm getting the following error:

Invariant Violation: There is no registered component for the tag component

I tried to call it like:
var htmlstring = ReactDOMServer.renderToString(component);
then I get this error:

Invariant Violation: renderToString(): You must pass a valid ReactElement.

Does anyone knows where the problem is?


There is the snapshot feature in Jest where it stores the rendered tree as a file. Note that you have to install enzyme-to-json as well to convert the enzyme rendered component to something the snapshot method can understand.

import { NewRec } from '../src/components/edit';
import { shallow } from 'enzyme';
import { shallowToJson } from 'enzyme-to-json';

describe('NewRec component', () = > {
  it('returns true if blah blah', () = > {
    const component = shallow(<NewRec />);

This will create a new file in __snapshot__ folder in your test folder, where you can inspect the rendered result. Every time you rerun the test, the component will be tested against the snapshot.