Setting Up Code Coverage Tracking in a Monorepo

There's a lot of tools like Codecov to track code coverage. I don't personally like these tools too much for simpler projects, where I just want an easy way to see how I'm doing coverage wise.

In my monorepo, every package with tests has the following Jest setup in package.json:

	// ...
	"devDependencies": {
		"jest": "^29.6.1"
	"jest": {
		"collectCoverage": true,
		"collectCoverageFrom": [

This is sufficient to get Jest to generate coverage reports in the coverage directory of each package.

We want to merge these, which can be done with a tool like istanbul-merge:

npx istanbul-merge --out .nyc_output/coverage.json **/coverage/coverage-final.json

We save these to a directory called .nyc_output, so that we can use Istanbul's reporting tool to generate text summaries or HTML pages from this:

npx nyc report --reporter=lcov --reporter=text

Setting up GitHub Actions

We can set this up to automatically post PR comments with a nice coverage summary using this GitHub Action and using Turborepo to execute the tests for all packages:

    types: [opened, synchronize]

    name: Run unit tests 🧪
    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      pull-requests: write

      - name: Checkout repo
        uses: actions/checkout@v3

      - name: Setup node
        uses: actions/setup-node@v3
          node-version: 18

      - name: Install dependencies
        run: yarn

      - name: Test
        run: yarn turbo run test --output-logs=new-only --color

      - name: Collect coverage
        run: |
          yarn istanbul-merge --out .nyc_output/coverage.json **/coverage/coverage-final.json
          echo -e "Code coverage summary:\n\n" > summary.txt
          echo '```' >> summary.txt
          yarn nyc report --reporter=lcov --reporter=text | grep -v '^  ' | grep -v '\.\.\.' >> summary.txt
          echo '```' >> summary.txt

      - name: Add PR comment with coverage
        uses: thollander/actions-comment-pull-request@v2
          filePath: summary.txt
          comment_tag: coverage-summary