Fun with React and Git Hooks

Nick Scialli
November 28, 2018

One topic I have gotten more and more excited about throughout my software development career is quality! Perhaps I’ve been burned one too many times. Alas, I decided to test adding git hooks to a React project using the husky package. My goal was to make it so that, prior to either committing code or pushing to a git repository, both the eslint linter and jest test suite must run. The code repository that accompanies this post can be found here.

Set Up from Scratch

Setting this up from scratch turned out to be fairly trivial. I started out by boostapping with create-react-app.

create-react-app fun-with-git-hooks
cd fun-with-git-hooks

Next, I installed husky, which claims to be “git hooks made easy.” (Accurate!). Since it’s only necessary in the dev environment, only install it as a dev dependency.

npm install husky --save-dev

We actually end up needing one additional dev dependency called cross-env, which will allow us to configure a CI environment variable in whatever environment we’re currently in.

npm install cross-env --save-dev

Finally, let’s make some modifications to our package.json file to accomplish a few things:

  • Reconfigure jest tests to be run in Continuous Integration mode
  • Add a linting command (we didn’t have to install eslint seperately as it bootstraps with create-react-app)
  • Configure our husky hooks to first lint and then test
"scripts": {
  "start": "react-scripts start",
  "build": "react-scripts build",
  "test": "cross-env CI=true react-scripts test --env=jsdom",
  "eject": "react-scripts eject",
  "lint": "eslint src"
"husky": {
  "hooks": {
    "pre-commit": "npm run lint && npm test",
    "pre-push": "npm run lint && npm test"

And that’s it! Now, whenever you try to commit or push your code, you will be prevented from doing so if linting or testing fails.

Quality for the win!

Nick Scialli

Nick Scialli is a senior UI engineer at Microsoft.

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