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How to test FTW

This guide describes how to use the test setup in Flex Template for Web (FTW).

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Flex Template for Web uses the Jest testing framework as its test runner. The setup FTW uses is based on how testing is implemented in create-react-app. For reference, see the testing section in the create-react-app documentation.

Running tests

To start the test watcher that automatically updates when files change, run

yarn test

If you want to run the tests once and not start the watcher, run

CI=true yarn test

Note that this also runs the linter.

Note: In some environments, alternative test watcher doesn't always work and it can die unexpectedly. If that happens to you, you might want to install Watchman. Read more about this issue.

Extending tests

Most tests included in Flex Template for Web are snapshot tests:

“A typical snapshot test case renders a UI component, takes a snapshot, then compares it to a reference snapshot file stored alongside the test. The test will fail if the two snapshots do not match: either the change is unexpected, or the reference snapshot needs to be updated to the new version of the UI component.”

Failing snapshots can be updated through the Jest watch mode. Even though most tests in Flex Template for Web are UI-focused, some tests are written with unit-testing in mind.

Test files can be found next to the code they are testing and can be identified by a .test.js suffix. Snapshots are located in a nested folder __snapshots__.

├── EditListingAvailabilityForm.example.js
├── EditListingAvailabilityForm.js
├── EditListingAvailabilityForm.module.css
├── EditListingAvailabilityForm.test.js
├── ManageAvailabilityCalendar.js
├── ManageAvailabilityCalendar.module.css
└── __snapshots__
    └── EditListingAvailabilityForm.test.js.snap

Flex Template for Web does not include full test coverage; the templates are intended to be extended and customized which quickly renders the default tests obsolete. The default tests are there to provide a good starting point for writing tests when you start extending the Flex Template for Web.


Jest is a JavaScript test runner that runs tests in a Node environment. The test runner accesses the DOM using the jsdom library. As the tests are run in a Node environment, they are not exact portrayals of real browser behaviour. This provides good iteration speed and a well-adjusted balance between accuracy, simplicity, and performance.

Jest provides detailed documentation on their testing framework. If you are interested in extending the in-built tests provided with Flex Template for Web, the following guides can provide additional insight: