Unexpected token when using @testing-library/svelte

This issue has been tracked since 2020-05-11.


I'm new to svelte, and I'm trying to add some unit tests to my application. I followed explanations on how to setup the testing library, but when I execute the "npm test" command on a component that imports for exemple : import { link } from 'svelte-routing';, there is this error :

 Jest encountered an unexpected token


 export { default as Router } from "./Router.svelte";

 SyntaxError: Unexpected token export

Could someone help me on this one ?


EmilTholin wrote this answer on 2020-05-19

Hi @samedro!

It's difficult to say what might have gone wrong with your test setup without seeing your project. Could you share a minimal reproducible example that we can ideally clone and try?

The issue is that your code has not been transpiled before testing and Jest doesn't know what to do with the export keyword.

gushogg-blake wrote this answer on 2020-06-29

I'm also getting this issue with SSR. Does the code need to be transpiled for SSR?

Edit my mistake, I had an external rule in the Svelte build options causing svelte-routing not to get bundled.

vuesomedev wrote this answer on 2020-07-21

@EmilTholin the problem is Babel setups doesn't transpile files within node_modules. There is no build of the library for good old CommonJS.

vuesomedev wrote this answer on 2020-07-21

There is no build step before publishing, just the raw svelte and es6 syntax files.

agrawal-rohit wrote this answer on 2020-08-06

I was able to get past this error by adding a transformIgnorePatterns in my jest.config.js


module.exports = {
    transform: {
      '^.+\\.svelte$': 'svelte-jester',
      '^.+\\.js$': 'babel-jest',
    transformIgnorePatterns: [
    moduleFileExtensions: ['js', 'svelte'],


module.exports = {
    presets: [
          targets: {
            node: 'current',

However, this led to another error from Link.svelte as follows:

TypeError: Cannot destructure property 'base' of 'getContext(...)' as it is undefined.

I came across this thread while looking for a solution but haven't been able to solve it.

nhe23 wrote this answer on 2021-01-03

@agrawal-rohit Having the same issue:

TypeError: Cannot destructure property 'base' of 'undefined' or 'null'.

  at instance (node_modules/svelte-routing/src/Link.svelte:105:8)
  at init (node_modules/svelte/internal/index.js:1474:11)
  at new Link (node_modules/svelte-routing/src/Link.svelte:236:3)
  at create_fragment (src/components/Nav/Nav.svelte:207:9)
  at init (node_modules/svelte/internal/index.js:1489:37)
  at new Nav (src/components/Nav/Nav.svelte:389:3)
  at Object.render (node_modules/@testing-library/svelte/dist/pure.js:81:21)
  at Object.<anonymous> (src/components/Nav/Nav.spec.ts:5:27)`

Have you found a solution?

anthonytranDev wrote this answer on 2021-01-14



const { base } = getContext(ROUTER); // <-- this will assigned undefined
const location = getContext(LOCATION); // <-- same here too!
const dispatch = createEventDispatcher();


  setContext(ROUTER, {

In the Link.svelte component ROUTER given to getContext(ROUTER), will result in { base } be assigned to undefined, as setContext from the Router.svelte component has not been used pass down the context object ROUTER to getContext(ROUTER)

TypeError: Cannot destructure property 'base' of 'getContext(...)' as it is undefined.

Hence you'll need to configure your tests to pass down a Router or MockRouter component, to wrap around Link, during your Jest, including @testing-library/svelte tests


It's not a nice workaround, as I'm currently using a package to convert my test files from *.js to *.jsx solely to enable me to easily test components that are nested (same as I would in React). 😢

  1. Follow @agrawal-rohit config setup
  2. Install the following npm install --save-dev svelte-jsx @babel/plugin-transform-react-jsx
  3. Read instructions in svelte-jsx on how to test nested components - https://github.com/kenoxa/svelte-jsx#babel-configuration

You'd expect something like;

    <Link to="/"></Link>
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Owner Name EmilTholin
Repo Name svelte-routing
Full Name EmilTholin/svelte-routing
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Created Date 2017-11-28
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