.matchesElement(patternNode) => Boolean

Returns whether or not a given react element patternNode matches the wrapper's render tree. It must be a single-node wrapper, and only the root node is checked.

The patternNode acts like a wildcard. For it to match a node in the wrapper:

  • tag names must match
  • contents must match: In text nodes, leading and trailing spaces are ignored, but not space in the middle. Child elements must match according to these rules, recursively.
  • patternNode props (attributes) must appear in the wrapper's nodes, but not the other way around. Their values must match if they do appear.
  • patternNode style CSS properties must appear in the wrapper's node's style, but not the other way around. Their values must match if they do appear.


  1. patternNode (ReactElement): The node whose presence you are detecting in the wrapper's single node.


Boolean: whether or not the current wrapper match the one passed in.


class MyComponent extends React.Component {
  constructor(props) {
    this.handleClick = this.handleClick.bind(this);

  handleClick() {
    // ...

  render() {
    return (
      <button type="button" onClick={this.handleClick} className="foo bar">Hello</button>

const wrapper = mount(<MyComponent />);
expect(wrapper.matchesElement(<button className="foo bar">Hello</button>)).to.equal(true);

Common Gotchas

  • .matchesElement() expects a ReactElement, not a selector (like many other methods). Make sure that when you are calling it you are calling it with a ReactElement or a JSX expression.
  • Keep in mind that this method determines matching based on the matching of the node's children as well.