I have a Lightning Web Component that represents a "wizard" and assists in animating the transitions between views. It has a <slot> tag which allows users to define whatever views they want by creating a series of <div> tags.


    <slot class="wizard-view-container"></slot>

Sample usage of myWizard component ----------------------------

    <div data-view-id="first-view"> ... </div>
    <div data-view-id="second-view"> ... </div>
    <div data-view-id="first-view"> ... </div>

I want to write some Jest Test scripts for this component, but I can't seem to programmatically add children to the body slot

import { createElement } from 'lwc';
import MyWizard from 'c/MyWizard';

describe('myWizard', () => {
    afterEach(() => {
        while (document.body.firstChild) {

    it('sets the first view to have class curr-view by default and all other views to have next-view', () => {
        let testElement = createElement('c-my-wizard', { is: MyWizard });

        let divElement1 = document.createElement('div');
        let divElement2 = document.createElement('div');
        let divElement3 = document.createElement('div');




When I run this test, I get errors let the following

[LWC error]: appendChild is disallowed in Element unless lwc:dom="manual" directive is used in the template.

I tried putting lwc:dom="manual" to the <slot> tag, but that is not allowed. I can't seem to figure out where to go from here. Is testing for this type of component possible?

  • We are building the same component LOL, did you find a solution?, I think Sebastian provided a wrong answer, since the use case is to passed components declaratively and not programmatically. – AngelSalazar May 28 '19 at 17:48
  • FYI, I ended up not creating any automated testing scripts for the Wizard LWC. But your answer below has me intrigued and i'll have to give it a go. Thanks for the suggestion. – Vincent Ip May 29 '19 at 18:09

I don't know much about Jest but I can spot a potential problem.

You're creating a test element (let testElement = createElement('c-my-wizard', { is: MyWizard });) and later attempting to modify its DOM.

LWC only lets you manipulate an element's DOM if you decorate it with a lwc:dom="manual" in it's definition. The error gives you that hint.

The component you created gets rendered as <c-my-wizard></c-my-wizard> but it should get rendered as <c-my-wizard lwc:dom="manual"></c-my-wizard>

My lack of knowledge in Jest will preclude me from fixing your syntax, but if you can add that directive you'll be good to go

  • Yeah, I realized that and I tried to put the lwc:dom="manual" directive in the html portion of the component, but LWC doesn't allow that attribute on <slot> tags. I also tried to programmatically put the attribute in that testElement but using setAttribute(), but that didn't seem to work either. Thanks for trying to help. – Vincent Ip Mar 18 '19 at 19:49
  • That wouldn't go on the slot tag, it'd go on the <c-my-wizard> declaration – Sebastian Kessel Mar 18 '19 at 19:51

The solution I can think of to solve this problem is to create a demo component that wraps the wizard component and declaratively add the wizard steps components as children of wizard.

wizardTestDemo lwc

     <c-my-wizard-step name="test1" label="Test 1">
     <c-my-wizard-step name="test2" label="Test 2">
     <c-my-wizard-step name="test3" label="Test 3">
  • This is interesting. A component specifically for test only and then indirectly test the base component through Jest testing this component. I'll have to give this a try. – Vincent Ip May 29 '19 at 18:06

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