The following Jest utilities are available in the @boost/cli/test module.


mockStreams(append?: boolean): ProgramStreams

Returns mocked stderr, stdout, and stdin streams that can be passed to a Program. This does not mock all stream functionality, only those required by Boost and Ink.

import { mockStreams } from '@boost/cli/test';
const streams = mockStreams();


mockProgram(options?: ProgramOptions, streams?: ProgramStreams): Program

Returns a Program instance with required options pre-filled and streams mocked (unless manually provided).

import { mockProgram } from '@boost/cli/test';
const program = mockProgram({ name: 'Example' });


async renderComponent(element: React.ReactElement, stripped?: boolean): Promise<string>

Can be used to render a React component with Ink and return the rendered result as a terminal compatible string. If stripped is true, it will strip ANSI escape escape sequences.

import { renderComponent } from '@boost/cli/test';
import TestComponent from '../src/components/TestComponent';
it('renders a component', async () => {
expect(await renderComponent(<TestComponent />)).toMatchSnapshot();

As an alternative, we also suggest using the official ink-testing-library.


async runCommand<O, P>(command: Command, params: P, options?: O): Promise<string>

Runs a Command outside the context of a Program, but mimics similar functionality, including React component rendering. Params are required as they're passed to the run method, while options are optional and assume class properties have been defined. Also, the exit and log methods have been mocked with Jest spies so that they can be asserted.

import { runCommand } from '@boost/cli/test';
import TestCommand from '../src/commands/TestCommand';
it('runs a command', async () => {
const command = new TestCommand();
expect(await runCommand(command, ['foo', 'bar', 'baz'])).toMatchSnapshot();

Since there is no Program context, any functionality that requires a program will fail. If needed, use runProgram() instead.


runTask<A, R, T extends TaskContext>(task: (this: T, ...args: A) => R, args: A, context?: T): R

Runs a task function outside the context of a Command, in complete isolation. A mock command context is provided with standard defaults, and can be customized through the 3rd argument.

import { runTask } from '@boost/cli/test';
import testTask from '../src/tasks/testTask';
it('runs a task', async () => {
const context = {
log: jest.fn(),
expect(await runTask(testTask, ['foo', 'bar', 'baz'], context)).toMatchSnapshot();


async runProgram(program: Program, argv: string[]): Promise<{ code: ExitCode; output: string; outputStripped: string }>

Runs a Program as if it were ran on the command line, including middleware, commands, success and failuer states, and more. Utilizes mocked streams to capture and return standard output and ANSI stripped output. Failed runs will not throw and instead will render a failure output.

import { runProgram } from '@boost/cli/test';
import Program from '../src/program';
it('runs a program', async () => {
const program = new Program();
const { code, output } = await runProgram(program, ['cmd', '--foo', '123', 'bar']);