.setProps(nextProps[, callback]) => Self

A method that sets the props of the root component, and re-renders. Useful for when you are wanting to test how the component behaves over time with changing props. Calling this, for instance, will call the componentWillReceiveProps lifecycle method.

Similar to setState, this method accepts a props object and will merge it in with the already existing props.

NOTE: can only be called on a wrapper instance that is also the root instance.


  1. nextProps (Object): An object containing new props to merge in with the current props
  2. callback (Function [optional]): If provided, the callback function will be executed once setProps has completed


ShallowWrapper: Returns itself.


import React from 'react';
import PropTypes from 'prop-types';

function Foo({ name }) {
  return (
    <div className={name} />
Foo.propTypes = {
  name: PropTypes.string.isRequired,
const wrapper = shallow(<Foo name="foo" />);
wrapper.setProps({ name: 'bar' });
import sinon from 'sinon';

const spy = sinon.spy(MyComponent.prototype, 'componentWillReceiveProps');

const wrapper = shallow(<MyComponent foo="bar" />);
expect(spy).to.have.property('callCount', 0);
wrapper.setProps({ foo: 'foo' });
expect(spy).to.have.property('callCount', 1);