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2020 Complete Setup for Storybook, Nextjs, Typescript, SCSS and Jest

In this article, I will guide you step by step to set up Storybook with Next, Typescript, SCSS, and Jest.

Storybook is an open-source tool for developing UI components in isolation. It makes building stunning UIs organized and efficient. However, it can be quite tricky to set up with Nextjs.


  • Node.js 10.13 or later
  • MacOS, Windows (including WSL), and Linux are supported

Create Nextjs App

Create a new Next.js app using create-next-app, which sets up everything automatically for you. To create a project, run this command:

$ npx create-next-app
✔ What is your project named? … my-app
✔ Pick a template › Default starter app
  • Enter your project name + hit return
  • You will be asked to choose a template: Use arrow key ⬇ to choose a Default starter app and hit return

After the installation is complete, to start the development server:

cd my-app
yarn run dev

You should see this page on localhost:3000 Alt Text


Next, let’s configure Typescript for our Next app

$ yarn add -D typescript @types/react @types/node

Create a tsconfig.json in the root folder — this is where you will put your typescript configurations.

/* root folder */
$ touch tsconfig.json

And add the following config to the file:

  "compilerOptions": {
    "target": "es5",
    "lib": ["dom", "dom.iterable", "esnext"],
    "allowJs": true,
    "skipLibCheck": true,
    "strict": true,
    "forceConsistentCasingInFileNames": true,
    "noEmit": true,
    "esModuleInterop": true,
    "module": "esnext",
    "moduleResolution": "node",
    "resolveJsonModule": true,
    "isolatedModules": true,
    "noImplicitAny": false,
    "jsx": "preserve",
    "baseUrl": "./",
    "paths": {
      "@components/*": ["./components/*"]
  "exclude": ["node_modules"],
  "include": ["next-env.d.ts", "**/*.ts", "**/*.tsx"]

Remove index.js and create index.tsx file. You can do it manually or use these commands in the root folder

/* root folder */
rm -f pages/index.js
touch pages/index.tsx

Add the following to index.tsx:

import React from "react";
import { mount } from "enzyme";
import Home from "../../pages/index";
describe("Pages", () => {
  describe("Home", () => {
    it("should render without throwing an error", function () {
      const wrap = mount(<Home />);
      expect(wrap.find("h1").text()).toBe("Welcome to My Next App!");

Restart your server and check out your http://localhost:3000/ by running:

$ yarn run dev

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Next, we’ll configure Nextjs, SCSS, and Typescript for Storybook

$ yarn add -D @storybook/react @storybook/preset-typescript

Create .storybook folder and storybook config files:

/* root folder */
mkdir .storybook
cd .storybook
touch .storybook/main.js .storybook/next-preset.js .storybook/preview.js

Now we will go over how to configure these files.


In this file, we will configure Typescript and SCSS to work with Storybook

$ yarn add -D sass style-loader css-loader sass-loader @babel/core babel-loader babel-preset-react-app

Add the following configuration to next-preset.js

const path = require("path");

module.exports = {
  webpackFinal: async (baseConfig, options) => {
    const { module = {} } = baseConfig;

    const newConfig = {
      module: {
        rules: [...(module.rules || [])],

    // TypeScript
      test: /\.(ts|tsx)$/,
      include: [path.resolve(__dirname, "../components")],
      use: [
          loader: "babel-loader",
          options: {
            presets: ["next/babel", require.resolve("babel-preset-react-app")],
            plugins: ["react-docgen"],
    newConfig.resolve.extensions.push(".ts", ".tsx");

    // SCSS
      test: /\.(s*)css$/,
      loaders: ["style-loader", "css-loader", "sass-loader"],
      include: path.resolve(__dirname, "../styles/global.scss"),

    // If you are using CSS Modules, check out the setup from Justin (justincy)
    // Many thanks to Justin for the inspiration

    return newConfig;


Create your style folder in the root and add global scss file.

/* root folder */
mkdir styles
touch styles/global.scss
html {
  background: #f1f1f1;
  max-width: 100%;

body {
  background: linear-gradient(315deg, var(#f1f1f1) 0%, var(#e7e7e7) 100%);
  font-family: "SF Pro Display", -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, "Segoe UI", "Roboto",
    "Oxygen", "Ubuntu", "Cantarell", "Fira Sans", "Droid Sans", "Helvetica Neue",
    system-ui, sans-serif !important;


In this file, we configure the “preview” iframe that renders your components. We will import your global scss file here.

// Import global css here
import "../styles/global.scss";


main.js is the most important config file. This is where we place the main configuration of Storybook.

const path = require("path");

module.exports = {
  stories: ["../components/**/*.stories.tsx"],
  addons: ["@storybook/preset-typescript"],
  // Add nextjs preset
  presets: [path.resolve(__dirname, "./next-preset.js")],

Create a story

Let’s create a simple Button component and a story to test our Storybook setup. First, create a components folder and 2 files Button.tsx and Button.stories.tsx in the folder.

/* root folder*/
mkdir components
touch components/Button.tsx components/Button.stories.tsx

Then, add the following contents into 2 files:

// components/Button.tsx
import * as React from "react";

type Props = {
  text: string,

export default ({ text }: Props) => <button>{text}</button>;
// components/Button.stories.tsx
import { storiesOf } from "@storybook/react";
import Button from "./Button";

storiesOf("Button", module).add("with text", () => {
  return <Button text="Hello World" />;

storiesOf("Button", module).add("with emoji", () => {
  return <Button text="😀 😎 👍 💯" />;

Finally, add npm script to package.json to start storybook.

  "scripts": {
    "dev": "next dev",
    "build": "next build",
    "start": "next start",
    "storybook": "start-storybook -p 6006 -c .storybook"

Now, let’s run our Storybook.

$ yarn storybook

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You should see our global scss style took affect and 2 stories that we have created earlier to test the Button.

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Next, we will add unit tests and snapshot tests in Jest for testing components in Nextjs and Typescript.

First, let’s install these development dependencies for Jest.

$ yarn add -D jest @types/jest ts-jest babel-jest @types/enzyme enzyme enzyme-adapter-react-16

We’ll need to configure Enzyme to use the adapter, which we can do in Jest’s bootstrap file. Let’s create a config folder and place the setup file in there.

/* root folder */
mkdir config
touch config/setup.js
const enzyme = require("enzyme");
const Adapter = require("enzyme-adapter-react-16");

enzyme.configure({ adapter: new Adapter() });

This code will run also before each test but after the testing framework gets executed:

Now let’s create a config file for jest. If you place your setup file above at a different location then make sure to change your setupFiles: […] in jest.config.js.

/* root folder */
$ touch jest.config.js
module.exports = {
  collectCoverageFrom: [
  coverageThreshold: {
    global: {
      branches: 100,
      functions: 100,
      lines: 100,
      statements: 100,
  setupFiles: ["<rootDir>/config/setup.js"],
  preset: "ts-jest",
  testPathIgnorePatterns: [
  testRegex: "(/__test__/.*|\\.(test|spec))\\.(ts|tsx|js)$",
  testURL: "http://localhost",
  testEnvironment: "jsdom",
  moduleFileExtensions: ["ts", "tsx", "js", "json"],
  moduleNameMapper: {
    "\\.(css|less)$": "<rootDir>/__mocks__/styleMock.js",
  transform: {
    ".(ts|tsx)": "babel-jest",
  transformIgnorePatterns: ["<rootDir>/node_modules/"],

Config babel.config.json

Lastly, we will add babel configurations. Let’s add these dev dependencies to our package.json by running the following command:

yarn add -D @babel/preset-env @babel/preset-react @babel/preset-flow @babel/plugin-transform-runtime babel-plugin-transform-es2015-modules-commonjs

In the root folder, create a babel config file. For some reasons, babel.rc does not work and I have to replace it with babel.config.json

/* root folder */
$ touch babel.config.json
  "presets": ["@babel/preset-env", "@babel/preset-react", "@babel/preset-flow"],
  "plugins": [
  "env": {
    "development": {
      "plugins": ["transform-es2015-modules-commonjs"]
    "test": {
      "plugins": [
      "presets": ["@babel/preset-react"]

Let’s create a test

Now, let’s run a simple unit test to test the index file that we created earlier to make sure that it has the welcome message “Welcome to My Next App!” as a “h1” element.

First, create a __test__ folder to keep our test files in one place and create index.test.tsx file.

/* root folder */
mkdir components/__test__
touch components/__test__/index.test.tsx
import React from "react";
import { mount } from "enzyme";
import Home from "../../pages/index";
describe("Pages", () => {
  describe("Home", () => {
    it("should render without throwing an error", function () {
      const wrap = mount(<Home />);
      expect(wrap.find("h1").text()).toBe("Welcome to My Next App!");

Snapshot testing

Finally, I will show you how to create a simple snapshot test. We use Snapshot testing to keep a copy of the structure of the UI component or a snapshot so when after we make any changes we can review the changes and update the snapshots. You can read more about Snapshot testing here.

To start, let’s install react-test-renderer, a library that enables you to render React components as JavaScript objects without the need for a DOM.

$ yarn add -D react-test-renderer

Now, create a file called Button.snapshot.test.tsx to test create new snapshots for the Button component.

$ touch components/__test__/Button.snapshot.test.tsx
import React from "react";
import Button from "../Button";
import renderer from "react-test-renderer";

it("renders correctly", () => {
  const tree = renderer.create(<Button text="Some Text" />).toJSON();

Now, add the add npm script to package.json to run your tests

  "scripts": {
    "test": "jest",
    "test:watch": "jest --watch",
    "test:coverage": "jest --coverage"

Go ahead and run your tests.

$ yarn run test

You should see 1 unit test and 1 snapshot test are passed

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If you run into errors such as “The default export is not a React Component in page: ‘/’” or “ReferenceError: regeneratorRuntime is not defined”, try to delete package-lock.json, node_modules folder, and .next folder and then restart your server, storybook and rerun your test again.


Thank you for reading 🙏🏻 and let me know in the comment if you run into any problems and if it’s helpful for you.

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