When developing this blog I used a React hook for the very first time: useStaticQuery() from Gatsby. This hook executes a GraphQL query and returns the data to the component. In my case I use it to query the site metadata in a component and I want to mock the useStaticQuery() hook to verify that my components behaves correctly based on the result of the query.

At first I was a bit confused since I have never mocked a React hook before but then I remembered that this is JavaScript where everything is a function and you can easily create a mock of a function using jest.spyOn() and then mock the implementation using .mockImplementation().

const useStaticQuery = jest.spyOn(Gatsby, 'useStaticQuery');
useStaticQuery.mockImplementation(() => ({
  site: {
    siteMetadata: {
      author: 'Florian',
      description: 'My description',
      title: 'My Title',

As far as I know it is not possible in Jest to spy on a single export from a module, you always have to import the module. However, Gatsby does not have a default export that contains useStaticQuery, but you can use the * to put all exports from Gatsby into a module.

import * as Gatsby from 'gatsby';

Update: if you use mocks in your tests don't forgot to clear them before each test. Only then you can make sure that your test does not has side effects on other test cases.

beforeEach(() => {