You can also use the chai plugin to spy on custom functions in you jsx file.

// to use this pluggin add this to the top of your testing file

const chai = require("chai"), spies = require("chai-spies");
import Foo from "./<path to component>/Foo.jsx";

describe("Foo", () => {
  it("a call to customFunction will not error", () => {
    let spy = chai.spy(Foo.prototype, "customFunciton"); // spy
    const wrapper = mount(<Foo/>);
    wrapper.setProps({bar: "baz"}); // manipulate you component in some way

@leland-richardson is right, it depends on what your test is doing. Understanding that will help you compose new ways to manipulate your component and thus make assertions.

Another example testing a function that updates your components state.

it("function will assert new state", () => {
  const wrapper = shallow(<Foo {...props}/>);
  wrapper.instance.customFunction(); // call custom function

Chai-spies also has a handful of chainable getters that make testing custom functions much easier. Please see the docs for a more in-depth explanation.


The best answer to this question really depends on what it is that customFunction is actually doing...

You can call the function like this:

wrapper.instance().customFunction('foo', 'bar');

If it's a function that sets state on the instance itself, and thus affects what the rendered output looks like, you may want to call .update() as well

wrapper.instance().customFunction('foo', 'bar'); // uses setState internally
wrapper.update(); // updates render tree
// do assertions on the rendered output

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