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Setup Next.js with Typescript , Jest and React Testing Library - Little Bits


Next.js is a super cool React framework, that gives you an amazing developer experience. In this episode, I'll show you how to set it up with Typescript, Jest and React Testing Library.


To set up the project we'll need to follow these steps:

  • to create Next app, from your terminal run
npx create-next-app
  • install typescript as well as react and node types
npm install typescript @types/react @types/node -D
  • install jest, react testing library, babel-jest, @testing-library/jest-dom and types for jest
npm i jest @testing-library/react @types/jest babel-jest @testing-library/jest-dom @testing-library/user-event @testing-library/dom -D
  • create config files for typescript and babel
touch tsconfig.json
touch .babelrc
  • add to the babel config file
  "presets": ["next/babel"]
  • create jest.config.js and jest.setup.ts files
// jest.config.js
module.exports = {
  setupFilesAfterEnv: ['<rootDir>/jest.setup.ts'],
  testPathIgnorePatterns: ['<rootDir>/.next/', '<rootDir>/node_modules/'],
// jest.setup.ts
import '@testing-library/jest-dom';
  • start the app so next can configure typescript
npm run dev


If you're going to use CSS modules, make sure you also include these steps:

npm i identity-obj-proxy -D
  • update jest.config.js file to look like this
module.exports = {
  setupFilesAfterEnv: ['<rootDir>/jest.setup.ts'],
  testPathIgnorePatterns: ['<rootDir>/.next/', '<rootDir>/node_modules/'],
  moduleNameMapper: {
    '\\.(scss|sass|css)$': 'identity-obj-proxy',

Now we are good to go, you can start changing your component from .js to .tsx and building your awesome app.