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Add component tests to npx ignite-cli generate component

Did you know that Ignite automatically generates files for you? And that you can customize those generators?

Here is how to automatically generate components and tests for them using @testing-library/react-native

Setup @testing-library/react-native

First, we will want to add @testing-library/react-native to our Ignite project. Josh Justice has an excellent setup guide to follow along at

Component Generators

There are a variety of generators, but today we are going to focus on npx ignite-cli generate component

Ignite will look in the ignite/templates/* directory for what templates to run on each command.

By default, Ignite provides a ignite/templates/component/NAME.tsx.ejs template for creating a component file.

  • We use ejs and frontmatter to write our templates, you can read more about syntax in the Ignite docs.
  • NAME in ignite/templates/component/NAME.tsx.ejs is replaced with the first argument passed to our generator. So npx ignite-cli generate component Profile would create app/components/Profile.tsx

Customizing Component Generators

Add the following file to ignite/templates/component/NAME.spec.tsx.ejs

destinationDir: app/components/specs

import React from "react"
import { fireEvent, render, screen } from "@testing-library/react-native"
import { <%= props.pascalCaseName %> } from "../<%= props.pascalCaseName %>"

describe("<%= props.pascalCaseName %>", () => {
it("renders", () => {
render(<<%= props.pascalCaseName %> />)

Now, when we run npx ignite-cli generate component Profile, it will create both app/components/Profile.tsx and app/components/specs/Profile.spec.tsx

  • ignite/templates/component/NAME.spec.tsx.ejs
  • ignite/templates/component/NAME.tsx.ejs


Now, all we need to do is run yarn test! If everything was set up properly, you should have a new suite of passing tests!