Ian McNally

React component change testing works!

July 22, 2015

Since I’ve been using React, there’s been a bug in TestUtils.Simulate.change. I don’t want to drag you down with the specifics of the bug, but I’m happy to announce it’s been fixed! So, when I want to test that a user can input and change the value, I can write:

// Input.jsx
class Input extends React.Component {
    onEmailChange(event) {
        this.setState({ email: event.target.value });

    render() {
      return (
            <input ref="email" type="email" value={this.state.email} onChange={(event) => this.onEmailChange(event))} />
// InputSpec.js
it('sets its value on input change', () => {
    const newEmail = 'abc123@gmail.com';
    const input = component.refs.email;


    Simulate.change(input, { target: { value: newEmail } });


Yey for bug squashing and succinctness!

Ian McNally

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