React.js visual snapshot testing library using shutter.sh.

Renders React components to PNG snapshots using the shutter.sh service and saves snapshots locally. Future test runs will re-render the content and diff it against your previously saved snapshot.

The tests will fail if the current snapshot does not match the expected one. If that visual change was intended, you can update your local snapshot.

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npm install --save-dev @shutter/core
# or using yarn:
yarn add --dev @shutter/core


import createReactShutter from '@shutter/react'
import Button from './button'
const shutter = createReactShutter(__dirname)
describe('Button component', function () {
after(async function () {
// Collect and evaluate results once we are done
await shutter.finish()
it('matches visual snapshot', async function () {
await Promise.all([
shutter.snapshot('Default Button', <Button label='Click me' />),
shutter.snapshot('Primary Button', <Button primary label='Click me' />)

When running this test, @shutter/react will render your button in the desired states and compare the resulting snapshots to your previous component snapshots.

It will also print an inspection URL which links to the shutter.sh app where you can see the rendered component, the expected outcome and a visual diff between them.


import createReactShutter from '@shutter/react'
const shutter = createReactShutter(__dirname)
async function run () {
await shutter.snapshot('List', <ul><li>List item</li></ul>)
await shutter.finish()

createReactShutter(testDirectoryPath: string, options: ShutterOptions): Shutter

Creates a shutter instance. You need to pass your testing directory (can usually just use __dirname), so it knows where to save the snapshots.

interface ShutterOptions {
/** Local files to upload, like stylesheets. Use `addFile()` to populate this array. */
files?: File[],
/** Custom content to go into the <head> tag of the document. */
head?: ReactElement<any>,
/** Layout to use for rendering. Pass a custom layout to change the overall page structure. */
layout?: (bodyContent: string, headContent: string) => string,
/** Render function to use. Takes some React element tree and renders it to static HTML. */
render?: (reactElement: ReactElement<any>) => Promise<string>,
/** Set a custom path to your local snapshot files here. */
snapshotsPath?: string,
/** Set custom image comparison options here. Used to compare the current snapshot to the expectation. */
diffOptions?: DiffOptions,
/** Set custom rendering options here. */
renderOptions?: RenderOptions

Check out the @shutter/api documentation for the DiffOptions and RenderOptions details.

shutter.snapshot(testName: string, element: ReactElement, options: SnapshotOptions = {}): Promise

Send page contents to the shutter.sh service to be rendered.

The returned promise will resolve once the upload is done, but before the rendering has finished. That is why you need to call shutter.finish() after calling shutter.snapshot() the last time.

interface SnapshotOptions {
layout?: (htmlContent: string) => string,
render?: (reactElement: ReactElement<any>) => Promise<string>,
diffOptions?: DiffOptions,
renderOptions?: RenderOptions

The options are mostly the same as the ShutterOptions. They can be used to override the options per test case.

Check out the @shutter/api documentation for the DiffOptions and RenderOptions details.

shutter.finish(): Promise<TestResult[]>

Waits until all rendering tasks have finished, then collects and evaluates the results.

Will throw with a test results summary if snapshots don't match. Prints a success message and an inspection link if everything matched.

addFile(localPath: string, serveAsPath: string): Promise

Reads a local file and prepares it for submission along the HTML content to render. Use it to submit local stylesheets, images, etc.

Pass the resulting File to createShutter() as options.files.

Note: The submitted file will be publicly accessible.

createFileFromBuffer(content: Buffer, fileName: string, options: FileCreationOptions = {}): File

Allows you to submit a file from in-memory contents.

interface FileCreationOptions {
contentType?: string

Note: The submitted file will be publicly accessible.

Custom render function

You can pass a custom render function to createReactShutter() or shutter.snapshot(). The render function takes a React element and returns a promise resolving to a string of static HTML. The default render function, exported as renderComponent, is just a thin wrapper around ReactDOMServer.renderToStaticMarkup().

export type HTMLString = string
export type BuiltinRenderFunction = (reactElement: ReactElement<any>) => Promise<HTMLString>
export type RenderFunction = (reactElement: ReactElement<any>) => Promise<HTMLString>

Use it wrap your components in other components, like context providers:

import { Provider } from 'react-redux'
import createReactShutter, { renderComponent as baseRender } from '@shutter/react'
import store from './store'
const render = (element) => {
return baseRender(
<Provider store={store}>
const shutter = createReactShutter(__dirname, { render })