Nathan Birrell

Test window-bound events on React components using Enzyme/Jest

April 27, 2018

Enzyme is built for testing React components, it handles React’s synthetic event system quite well (things like onClick events, for example).

But what happens when you want to test event handlers that must be bound to the window? Interactive components often require these, for keydown events and so on.

A quick solution is to mock the window.addEventListener function implmentation and use it to assign each callback to an object that is easy to call in your tests, to simulate those events firing.

// Set-up event listener mock
const map = {};
window.addEventListener = jest.genMockFn().mockImpl((event, callback) => {
  map[event] = callback;

// Mount component that has set callback for keydown event
const component = mount(<SomeComponent />);

// Trigger keydown event
map.keydown({ key: 'Escape' });


Nathan Birrell

Software engineer, primarily focussed on Javascript web application development.
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