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This tutorial explains testing with the Mockito framework for writing software tests.

1. Prerequisites

The following tutorial requires an understanding of unit testing with the JUnit framework.

In case your are not familiar with JUnit, please check the following JUnit tutorial:

2. Testing with mock objects

2.1. Target and challenge of unit testing

A unit test should test a class in isolation. Side effects from other classes or the system should be eliminated if possible. To eliminate these side effects you have to replace dependencies to other classes. This can be done via using replacements for the real dependencies.

2.2. Classifications of different test classes

A dummy object is passed around but never used, i.e., its methods are never called. Such an object can for example be used to fill the parameter list of a method.

Fake objects have working implementations, but are usually simplified. For example, they use an in memory database and not a real database.

A stub class is an partial implementation for an interface or class with the purpose of using an instance of this stub class during testing. Stubs usually do responding at all to anything outside what’s programmed in for the test. Stubs may also record information about calls

A mock object is a dummy implementation for an interface or a class in which you define the output of certain method calls.

Test doubles can be passed to other objects which are tested. Your tests can validate that the class reacts correctly during tests. For example, you can validate if certain methods on the mock object were called. This helps to ensure that you only test the class while running tests and that your tests are not affected by any side effects.

Mock objects are typically configured. Mock objects typically require less code to configure and should therefore be preferred.

2.3. Mock object generation

You can create mock objects manually (via code) or use a mock framework to simulate these classes. Mock frameworks allow you to create mock objects at runtime and define their behavior.

The classical example for a mock object is a data provider. In production an implementation to connect to the real data source is used. But for testing a mock object simulates the data source and ensures that the test conditions are always the same.

These mock objects can be provided to the class which is tested. Therefore, the class to be tested should avoid any hard dependency on external data.

Mocking or mock frameworks allows testing the expected interaction with the mock object. You can, for example, validate that only certain methods have been called on the mock object.

2.4. Using Mockito for mocking objects

Mockito is a popular mock framework which can be used in conjunction with JUnit. Mockito allows you to create and configure mock objects. Using Mockito simplifies the development of tests for classes with external dependencies significantly.

If you use Mockito in tests you typically:

  • Mock away external dependencies and insert the mocks into the code under test

  • Execute the code under test

  • Validate that the code executed correctly


3. Adding Mockito as dependencies to a project

3.1. Using Grade

If you use Gradle, add the following dependency to the Gradle build file.

repositories { jcenter() }
dependencies { testCompile "org.mockito:mockito-core:2.0.57-beta" }

3.2. Using Maven

Maven users can declare a dependency. Search for g:"org.mockito", a:"mockito-core" via the website to find the correct pom entry.

3.3. Using the Eclipse IDE

The Eclipse IDE supports Gradle as well as Maven. Mockito does not provide a "all" download in its latest version. Therefore you are advised to use either the Gradle or Maven tooling in Eclipes.

3.4. OSGi or Eclipse plug-in development

In Eclipse RCP applications dependencies are usually obtained from p2 update sites. The Orbit repositories are a good source for third party libraries, which can be used in Eclipse based applications or plug-ins.

The Orbit repositories can be found here

orbit p2 mockito

4. Using the Mockito API

4.1. Static imports

If you add a static import for org.mockito.Mockito.*;, you can access Mockitos methods like mock() directly. Static imports allows you to call static members, i.e., methods and fields of a class directly without specifying the class.

4.2. Creating and configuring mock objects with Mockito

Mockito supports the creation of mock objects. For this you can use the static mock() method.

Mockito also supports the creation of mock objects based on the @Mock annotation.

If you use this annotation, you must initialize the mock objects. The MockitoRule allows this. It invokes the static method MockitoAnnotations.initMocks(this) to populate the annotated fields. Alternatively you can use @RunWith(MockitoJUnitRunner.class).

The usage of the @Mock annotation and the MockitoRule rule is demonstrated by the following example.

import static org.mockito.Mockito.*;

public class MockitoTest  {

        MyDatabase databaseMock; (1)

        @Rule public MockitoRule mockitoRule = MockitoJUnit.rule(); (2)

        public void testQuery()  {
                ClassToTest t  = new ClassToTest(databaseMock); (3)
                boolean check = t.query("* from t"); (4)
                assertTrue(check); (5)
                verify(databaseMock).query("* from t"); (6)
1 Tells Mockito to most the databaseMock instance
2 Tells Mockito to create the mocks based on the @Mock annotation
3 Instantiates the class under test using the created mock
4 Executes some code of the class under test
5 Asserts that the method call returned true
6 Verify that the query method was called on the MyDatabase mock

4.3. Configuring mocks

To configure which values are returned at a method call the Mockito framework defines a fluent API.

The when(…​.).thenReturn(…​.) method chain is be used to specify a condition and a return value for this condition. If you specify more than one value, they are returned in the order of specification until the last one is used. Afterwards the last specified value is returned. Mocks can also return different values depending on arguments passed into a method. You also use methods like anyString or anyInt to define that independent of the input value a certain return value should be returned.

import static org.mockito.Mockito.*;
import static org.junit.Assert.*;

public void test1()  {
        //  create mock
        MyClass test = Mockito.mock(MyClass.class);

        // define return value for method getUniqueId()

        // use mock in test....
        assertEquals(test.getUniqueId(), 43);

// Demonstrates the return of multiple values
public void testMoreThanOneReturnValue()  {
        Iterator i= mock(Iterator.class);
        String" ";
        assertEquals("Mockito rocks", result);

// this test demonstrates how to return values based on the input
public void testReturnValueDependentOnMethodParameter()  {
        Comparable c= mock(Comparable.class);

// this test demonstrates how to return values independent of the input value

public void testReturnValueInDependentOnMethodParameter()  {
        Comparable c= mock(Comparable.class);
        assertEquals(-1 ,c.compareTo(9));

// return a value based on the type of the provide parameter

public void testReturnValueInDependentOnMethodParameter()  {
        Comparable c= mock(Comparable.class);
        Todo todo = new Todo(5);
        assertEquals(todo ,c.compareTo(new Todo(1)));

The doReturn(…​).when(…​).methodCall call chain works similar but is useful for void methods. The doThrow variant can be used for methods which return void to throw an exception. This usage is demonstrated by the following code snippet.

import static org.mockito.Mockito.*;
import static org.junit.Assert.*;

// this test demonstrates how use doThrow

public void testForIOException() {
        // create an configure mock
        OutputStream mockStream = mock(OutputStream.class);
        doThrow(new IOException()).when(mockStream).close();

        // use mock
        OutputStreamWriter streamWriter= new OutputStreamWriter(mockStream);

4.4. Verify the calls on the mock objects

Mockito keeps track of all the method calls and their parameters to the mock object. You can use the verify() method on the mock object to verify that the specified conditions are met For example, you can verify that a method has been called with certain parameters. This kind of testing is sometimes called behavior testing. Behavior testing does not check the result of a method call, but it checks that a method is called with the right parameters.

import static org.mockito.Mockito.*;

public void testVerify()  {
        // create and configure mock
        MyClass test = Mockito.mock(MyClass.class);

        // call method testing on the mock with parameter 12

        // now check if method testing was called with the parameter 12

        // was the method called twice?
        verify(test, times(2)).getUniqueId();

        // other alternatives for verifiying the number of method calls for a method
        verify(mock, never()).someMethod("never called");
        verify(mock, atLeastOnce()).someMethod("called at least once");
        verify(mock, atLeast(2)).someMethod("called at least twice");
        verify(mock, times(5)).someMethod("called five times");
        verify(mock, atMost(3)).someMethod("called at most 3 times");

4.5. Wrapping Java objects with Spy

@Spy or the spy() method can be used to wrap a real object. Every call, unless specified otherwise, is delegated to the object.

import static org.mockito.Mockito.*;

// Lets mock a LinkedList
List list = new LinkedList();
List spy = spy(list);

//You have to use doReturn() for stubbing

// this would not work
// real method is called so spy.get(0)
// throws IndexOutOfBoundsException (list is still empty)

The verifyNoMoreInteractions() allows you to check that no other method was called.

4.6. Using @InjectMocks for dependency injection via Mockito

You also have the @InjectMocks annotation which tries to do constructor, method or field dependency injection based on the type. For example, assume that you have the following class.

public class ArticleManager {
    private User user;
    private ArticleDatabase database;

    ArticleManager(User user) {
     this.user = user;

    void setDatabase(ArticleDatabase database) { }

This class can be constructed via Mockito and its dependencies can be fulfullied with mock objects as demonstrated by the following code snippet.

public class ArticleManagerTest  {

       @Mock ArticleCalculator calculator;
       @Mock ArticleDatabase database;
       @Most User user;

       @Spy private UserProvider userProvider = new ConsumerUserProvider();

       @InjectMocks private ArticleManager manager; (1)

       @Test public void shouldDoSomething() {
               // assume that ArticleManager has a method called initialize which calls a method
               // addListener with an instance of ArticleListener

           // validate that addListener was called
1 creates an instance of ArticleManager and injects the mocks into it

4.7. Capturing the arguments

The ArgumentCaptor class allows to access the arguments of method calls during the verification. This allows to capture these arguments of method calls and to use them for tests.

import static org.hamcrest.Matchers.hasItem;
import static org.junit.Assert.assertThat;
import static org.mockito.Mockito.mock;
import static org.mockito.Mockito.verify;

import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.List;

import org.junit.Rule;
import org.junit.Test;
import org.mockito.ArgumentCaptor;
import org.mockito.Captor;
import org.mockito.junit.MockitoJUnit;
import org.mockito.junit.MockitoRule;

public class MockitoTests {

        @Rule public MockitoRule rule = MockitoJUnit.rule();

    private ArgumentCaptor<List<String>> captor;

    public final void shouldContainCertainListItem() {
                List<String> asList = Arrays.asList("someElement_test", "someElement");
        final List<String> mockedList = mock(List.class);

        final List<String> capturedArgument = captor.<List<String>>getValue();
        assertThat(capturedArgument, hasItem("someElement"));

4.8. Limitations

Mockito has certain limitations. It can not test the following constructs:

  • final classes

  • anonymous classes

  • primitive types

5. Using Mockito on Android

Mockito can also be directly used in Android unit tests by adding the dependency to it to the Gradle build file. To use it in instrumented Android tests (since the release 1.9.5). Which requires that dexmaker and dexmaker-mockito are also added as dependency in the Gradle build file.

dependencies {
    testCompile 'junit:junit:4.12'
    // required if you want to use Mockito for unit tests
    testCompile 'org.mockito:mockito-core:1.+'
    // required if you want to use Mockito for Android instrumentation tests
    androidTestCompile 'org.mockito:mockito-core:1.+'
    androidTestCompile ""
    androidTestCompile ""

6. Exercise: Write an instrumented unit test using Mockito

6.1. Create Application under tests on Android

Create an Android application with the package name Add a static method which allows to create an intent with certain parameters as in the following example.

public static Intent createQuery(Context context, String query, String value) {
        // Reuse MainActivity for simplification
    Intent i = new Intent(context, MainActivity.class);
    i.putExtra("QUERY", query);
    i.putExtra("VALUE", value);
    return i;

6.2. Add the Mockito dependency to the app/build.gradle file

dependencies {
    // the following is required to use Mockito and JUnit for your
    // instrumentation unit tests on the JVM
        androidTestCompile 'junit:junit:4.12'
    androidTestCompile 'org.mockito:mockito-core:2.0.57-beta'
    androidTestCompile ''
    androidTestCompile ""
    androidTestCompile ""

    // the following is required to use Mockito and JUnit for your unit
    // tests on the JVM
    testCompile 'junit:junit:4.12'
    testCompile 'org.mockito:mockito-core:1.+'


6.3. Create test

Create a new unit test using Mockito to check that the intent is triggered with the correct extra data.

For this you mock the Context object with Mockito as in the following example.


import android.content.Context;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.os.Bundle;

import org.junit.Test;
import org.junit.runner.RunWith;
import org.mockito.Mockito;

import static org.junit.Assert.assertEquals;
import static org.junit.Assert.assertNotNull;

public class TextIntentCreation {

    public void testIntentShouldBeCreated() {
        Context context = Mockito.mock(Context.class);
        Intent intent = MainActivity.createQuery(context, "query", "value");
        Bundle extras = intent.getExtras();
        assertEquals("query", extras.getString("QUERY"));
        assertEquals("value", extras.getString("VALUE"));

7. Exercise: Creating mock objects using Mockito

7.1. Target

Create an API, which can be mocked and use Mockito to do the job.

7.2. Create a sample Twitter API

Implement a TwitterClient, which works with ITweet instances. But imagine these ITweet instances are pretty cumbersome to get, e.g., by using a complex service, which would have to be started.

public interface ITweet {

        String getMessage();
public class TwitterClient {

        public void sendTweet(ITweet tweet) {
                String message = tweet.getMessage();

                // send the message to Twitter

7.3. Mocking ITweet instances

In order to avoid starting up a complex service to get ITweet instances, they can also be mocked by Mockito.

public void testSendingTweet() {
        TwitterClient twitterClient = new TwitterClient();

        ITweet iTweet = mock(ITweet.class);

        when(iTweet.getMessage()).thenReturn("Using mockito is great");


Now the TwitterClient can make use of a mocked ITweet instance and will get "Using Mockito is great" as message when calling getMessage() on the mocked ITweet.

7.4. Verify method invocation

Ensure that getMessage() is at least called once.

public void testSendingTweet() {
        TwitterClient twitterClient = new TwitterClient();

        ITweet iTweet = mock(ITweet.class);

        when(iTweet.getMessage()).thenReturn("Using mockito is great");


        verify(iTweet, atLeastOnce()).getMessage();

7.5. Validate

Run the test and validate that it is successful.

8. Using PowerMock with Mockito

8.1. Powermock for mocking static methods

Mockito cannot mock static methods. For this you can use Powermock. PowerMock provides a class called "PowerMockito" for creating mock/object/class and initiating verification, and expectations, everything else you can still use Mockito to setup and verify expectation (e.g. times(), anyInt()).


public final class NetworkReader {
    public static String getLocalHostname() {
        String hostname = "";
        try {
            InetAddress addr = InetAddress.getLocalHost();
            // Get hostname
            hostname = addr.getHostName();
        } catch ( UnknownHostException e ) {
        return hostname;

To write a test which mocks away the NetworkReader as dependency you can use the following snippet.

import org.junit.runner.RunWith;
import org.powermock.core.classloader.annotations.PrepareForTest;

@RunWith( PowerMockRunner.class )
@PrepareForTest( NetworkReader.class )
public class MyTest {

// Find the tests here

public void testSomething() {
    mockStatic( NetworkUtil.class );
    when( NetworkReader.getLocalHostname() ).andReturn( "localhost" );

    // now test the class which uses NetworkReader

9. Using a wrapper instead of Powermock

Sometimes you can also use a wrapper around a static method, which can be mocked with Mockito.

class FooWraper {
   void someMethod() {

9.1. Learn more about Powermock

See Using PowerMock with Mockito for more information

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