oshikryu oshikryu - 1 year ago 162
Javascript Question

Plotly error when running jest test for react

- TypeError: Cannot read property 'addStyleRule' of undefined
at Object.<anonymous> (node_modules/plotly.js/build/plotcss.js:61:15)
at Object.<anonymous> (node_modules/plotly.js/src/plotly.js:30:1)
at Object.<anonymous> (node_modules/plotly.js/src/core.js:15:14)
at Object.<anonymous> (node_modules/plotly.js/lib/core.js:9:18)
at Object.<anonymous> (node_modules/plotly.js/lib/index.js:15:12)

at emitTwo (events.js:106:13)
at process.emit (events.js:191:7)
at process.nextTick (internal/child_process.js:719:12)
at _combinedTickCallback (internal/process/next_tick.js:67:7)
at process._tickCallback (internal/process/next_tick.js:98:9)

My react project uses plotly and it is having trouble with plotly when running a jest test

My test code looks like such:

import React from 'react'
import ReactDOM from 'react-dom'
import TestUtils from 'react-addons-test-utils'

import AppBar from "./index"
import Navigation from "../navigation/"

// Use real modules for testing.

describe("AppBar", () => {
let component = <AppBar />
let element = TestUtils.renderIntoDocument(component)
let node = ReactDOM.findDOMNode(element)

it("renders the navigation to screen", () => {
let el = TestUtils.findRenderedComponentWithType(element, Navigation)

I figure that mocking plotly has something to do with the addStyleRule of undefined error but I haven't quite pinned down as to what needs to be mocked/unmocked for this particular case of using an external library

Answer Source

I ended up just unmocking the plotly library. WARNING it makes your test run extremely slow since it is now actually rendering.

Bonus: overriding component props

  import Plotly from 'plotly.js'
  import MyComponent from "./index";

  // Use real modules for testing.

  describe("My component does something", () => {
    let params = {
      display: true

    let ComponentMock = class extends MyComponent {
      constructor(props) {
        this.actions = {
          myAction: null
    let el = <ComponentMock params={params}/>
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