How do I make dynamic imports work with Jest?

I’m writing unit tests for my application (Vue.js) and I’m having troubles while trying to test a method that imports a module dynamically. I wanted to mock the library (file-saver) to test that it is called correctly but instead all I get is an error. The mock file gets completely ignored.

I used to have a “require.ensure is not a function” error, but after setting up babel-plugin-dynamic-import-node the error changed.

Here is the method I’m testing:


   async saveFile() {
     import('file-saver').then(filesaver => {
       return filesaver.saveAs(data, name);


    describe('testing methods', () => {
      it('exports files correctly', async () => {

Jump to the bottom to see what error I’m getting.

These are my configuration files:


  "rootDir": "../",
  "verbose": true,
  "moduleNameMapper": {
    "store/(.*)$": "<rootDir>/src/store/$1",
    "views/(.*)$": "<rootDir>/src/views/$1",
    "components/(.*)$": "<rootDir>/src/components/$1",
    "src/([^\\.]*)$": "<rootDir>/src/$1",
    "user/([^\\.]*)$": "<rootDir>/src/components/user/$1",
    "admin/([^\\.]*)$": "<rootDir>/src/components/admin/$1",
    "shared/([^\\.]*)$": "<rootDir>/src/components/shared/$1",
    "mobile/([^\\.]*)$": "<rootDir>/src/components/mobile/$1",
    "api/([^\\.]*)$": "<rootDir>/src/api/$1",
    "i18n/([^\\.]*)$": "<rootDir>/src/i18n/$1",
    "setup/([^\\.]*)$": "<rootDir>/test/setup/$1",
    "mocks/(.*)$": "<rootDir>/test/mocks/$1",
    "types/([^\\.]*)$": "<rootDir>/types/$1",
    "\\.(png|gif|ttf|eot|svg)$": "<rootDir>/test/mocks/file.js"
  "moduleFileExtensions": ["js", "json", "vue"],
  "modulePathIgnorePatterns": ["<rootDir>/src/components/.*/index.js"],
  "coveragePathIgnorePatterns": [
  "transform": {
    ".+\\.js$": "<rootDir>/node_modules/babel-jest",
    ".+\\.vue$": "<rootDir>/node_modules/vue-jest"
  "setupFiles": [
  "coverageDirectory": "<rootDir>/output",
  "collectCoverage": true


  "presets": [
    ["@babel/preset-env", {
      "useBuiltIns": "entry",
      "targets": "ie 11, last 2 chrome versions, last 2 safari versions, last 2 firefox versions, last 2 edge versions"
  "plugins": [
  "env": {
    "test": {
      "plugins": ["dynamic-import-node"]
  "comments": false

package.json (only somehow relevant plugins)

    "@babel/core": "~7.3.4",
    "@babel/plugin-external-helpers": "~7.2.0",
    "@babel/plugin-proposal-class-properties": "~7.3.4",
    "@babel/plugin-proposal-object-rest-spread": "~7.3.4",
    "@babel/plugin-syntax-dynamic-import": "~7.2.0",
    "@babel/plugin-syntax-flow": "~7.2.0",
    "@babel/plugin-transform-async-to-generator": "~7.3.4",
    "@babel/plugin-transform-flow-strip-types": "~7.3.4",
    "@babel/polyfill": "~7.2.5",
    "@babel/preset-env": "~7.3.4",
    "@babel/register": "~7.0.0",
    "@babel/runtime": "~7.3.4",
    "@vue/test-utils": "^1.0.0-beta.27",
    "babel-core": "7.0.0-bridge.0",
    "babel-eslint": "~10.0.1",
    "babel-jest": "~24.1.0",
    "babel-loader": "~8.0.5",
    "babel-plugin-dynamic-import-node": "^2.2.0",
    "babel-plugin-dynamic-import-webpack": "~1.0.2",
    "fetch-mock": "^7.2.7",
    "jest": "~24.1.0",
    "jest-fetch-mock": "~2.1.1",
    "jest-localstorage-mock": "2.4.0",
    "npm-install-webpack-plugin": "~4.0.5",
    "require-extension-hooks": "~0.3.2",
    "require-extension-hooks-babel": "~0.1.1",
    "require-extension-hooks-vue": "~1.0.1",
    "vue-jest": "~3.0.4",
    "vue-loader": "~15.2.4",
    "vue-style-loader": "~4.1.0",
    "vue-svg-loader": "~0.11.0",
    "webpack": "~4.16.0",
    "webpack-cli": "~3.0.8",
    "webpack-dev-server": "~3.1.4",
    "webpack-merge": "~4.1.3",
    "webpack-monitor": "~1.0.14",
    "webpack-visualizer-plugin": "~0.1.11",

The error I get is the following:

Cannot find module 'function (resolve) {
  require.ensure([], function (require) {
}' from 'file.js'

All I can see is that instead of being executed, the code is basically turned into a string. I’ve spent hours trying to find a solution but couldn’t find anything similar online.

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Does any of you know what I’m doing wrong?

Can you try @babel/plugin-syntax-dynamic-import? Most probably, you can also get rid of plugin-syntax-dynamic-import, it should be unneeded while using the former.

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