Snapshot testing

Snapshot tests are a very useful tool whenever you want to make sure your UI does not change unexpectedly.A typical snapshot test case for a mobile app renders a UI component, takes a screenshot, then compares it to a reference image stored alongside the test. The test will fail if the two images do not match.

A similar approach can be taken when it comes to testing your Vue-Native components. Instead of rendering the graphical UI, which would require building the entire app,you can use a test renderer to quickly generate a serializable value.

Since we want to parse and take a screenshot of *.vue files we first read these files and parse them.

Follow the below snippets and add them to the file *-test.js under the __tests__ folder:

• Read the vue file content using node’s fs package.

var fs = require("fs");
const data = fs.readFileSync("{absolute path to vue file}", "utf8");

• Parse the data using vue-native-scriptsreactVueTemplateParser function to extract elements from the vue code.

const Login = reactVueTemplateParser(data);

Now use the parsed data to render using the renderer from react-test-renderer.

describe("Login Component", () => {
it("renders correctly", () => {
const tree = renderer.create(<View />).toJSON();

Run npm test -- -u which runs the test and creates a snapshot and replaces anything in the *-test.js.snap file under the __snapshots__ folder.

The snapshot created looks something like this :

// Jest Snapshot v1, https://goo.gl/fbAQLP

exports[`Login Component renders correctly 1`] = `
<import __react__vue__Vue, {
observer as __react__vue__observer
} from 'vue-native-core'
import __react__vue__ReactNative from 'react-native'
import __react__vue__PropType from 'prop-types'
import {
buildNativeComponent as __react__vue__buildNativeComponent
} from 'vue-native-helper'
import {
bindNativeClass as __react__vue__bindClass,
bindNativeStyle as __react__vue__bindStyle,
mergeNativeStyleAndNativeClass as __react__vue__mergeNativeStyleAndNativeClass,
mergeProps as __react__vue__mergeProps
} from 'vue-native-helper'
import {
createElement as __react__vue__createElement,
Component as __react__vue__Component
} from 'react'

const __react__vue__options = {}

const __react__vue__render = function render(vm) {
return __react__vue__createElement(vm.$options.components['Text'], __react__vue__mergeProps.call(this, this.props.__react__vue__nativeEvents, {
ref: ref => {
this.props['__react__vue__setRef'] && this.props['__react__vue__setRef'](ref);
style: __react__vue__mergeNativeStyleAndNativeClass(__react__vue__bindClass.call(this, {
parentClass: this.props.style
}), __react__vue__bindStyle(undefined, undefined, undefined))
}), "abc");

const __react__vue__css = {
"container": {
"backgroundColor": "white",
"alignItems": "center",
"justifyContent": "center",
"flex": 1
"text-color-primary": {
"color": "blue"

const __react__vue__ComponentBuilded = __react__vue__buildNativeComponent(__react__vue__render, __react__vue__options, {
Component: __react__vue__Component,
PropTypes: __react__vue__PropType,
Vue: __react__vue__Vue,
ReactNative: __react__vue__ReactNative,
css: __react__vue__css

export default __react__vue__observer(__react__vue__ComponentBuilded) />

The vue file used here looks like this :

.container {
background-color: black;
align-items: center;
justify-content: center;
flex: 1;
.text-color-primary {
color: blue;

Changing anything in the vue file would result in a failed test (npm test) since it compares the current image with the snapshot it already has.

Running npm test -- -u would replace the snapshot with the updated UI components.