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This example demonstrates how to use jest-preview with Remix, bootstrapped using create-remix (without using any built-in templates/stacks).

🚧 This example only demonstrates the simplest use of CSS in a Remix app (global stylesheet). Remix supports many different ways of styling. Example of more complex ways to style is coming.

You can see the full example at

Install Jest​

You have to manually install Jest in your Remix app.

First, install jest itself. If you are using jest version 28 or later, you must install jest-environment-jsdom too (reference).

npm install --save-dev jest jest-environment-jsdom

Install SWC

npm install --save-dev @swc/core @swc/jest

Config SWC inside .swcrc

"jsc": {
"target": "es2017",
"parser": {
"syntax": "typescript",
"tsx": true,
"decorators": false,
"dynamicImport": false
"transform": {
"react": {
"pragma": "React.createElement",
"pragmaFrag": "React.Fragment",
"throwIfNamespace": true,
"development": false,
"useBuiltins": false,
"runtime": "automatic"
"hidden": {
"jest": true
"module": {
"type": "commonjs",
"strict": false,
"strictMode": true,
"lazy": false,
"noInterop": false

Next, install your favorite testing libraries. This example uses react-testing-library, at version 12 specifically (version 13 wouldn't work). Optionally, you can install its companion jest-dom package to add some useful matchers to Jest.

npm install --save-dev @testing-library/react@12 @testing-library/jest-dom

Install & configure Jest Preview​

Install Jest Preview

npm install --save-dev jest-preview

Enable Jest Preview inside jest.config.js. The config options are largely up to you, but remember to remove/add the highlighted options as followed so Jest Preview could work properly.

module.exports = {
collectCoverageFrom: [
moduleNameMapper: {
// Handle absolute imports in Remix
'~/(.*)': '<rootDir>/app/$1',
setupFilesAfterEnv: ['<rootDir>/jest.setup.js'],
testPathIgnorePatterns: [
testEnvironment: 'jsdom',
transform: {
// Use @swc/jest to transpile tests
'^.+\\.(js|jsx|ts|tsx)$': '@swc/jest',
'^.+\\.(css|scss|sass|less)$': 'jest-preview/transforms/css',
transformIgnorePatterns: ['/node_modules/'],

Configure Jest Preview inside jest.setup.js (or any setup files specified in your setupFilesAfterEnv config), so Jest Preview knows which global CSS file to load. You can even set autoPreview to true so your failed test gets a preview automatically! đŸ¤¯

import { jestPreviewConfigure } from 'jest-preview';
import './app/styles/global.css';

// Enable autoPreview so Jest Preview runs automatically
// whenever your test fails, without you having to do anything!
autoPreview: true,


That's it! Now you can use Jest Preview in your test. Say we have app/__tests__/index.test.tsx as follow...

import { render, screen } from '@testing-library/react';
import { debug } from 'jest-preview';
import Index from '../routes/index';
import '@testing-library/jest-dom'; // So we can use toBeInTheDocument assertion

it('should show welcome message', () => {
render(<Index />);

debug(); // Remove this line if you have enabled autoPreview in jest.setup.js

screen.getByRole('heading', { name: /welcome to remix/i }),

...and an app/styles/global.css like this:

html {
max-width: 38rem;
padding: 2rem;
margin: auto;
line-height: 1.5rem;
font-size: 24px;

To run this test with Jest Preview, you must keep the jest-preview server running in parallel. See the result at http://locahost:3336.


./node_modules/.bin/jest --watch

You might as well add some NPM scripts for convenience:

"scripts": {
"dev": "next dev",
"build": "next build",
"start": "next start",
"lint": "next lint",
+ "test": "jest --watch",
+ "jest-preview": "jest-preview"
npm run jest-preview

npm run test

You may even install npm-run-all to simplify this further:

npm install --save-dev npm-run-all
"scripts": {
"dev": "next dev",
"build": "next build",
"start": "next start",
"lint": "next lint",
"test": "jest --watch",
"jest-preview": "jest-preview",
+ "test:preview": "npm-run-all -p test jest-preview"
npm run test:preview