Mockito Tutorial

February 02, 2021 No comments Mockito Java Tutorial
Mockito Tutorial

Mockito is an open source Java framework for testing code. Mockito allows to mock objects and proxy method executions in automated unit tests. Mockito is helpful in creating mocks and spies in a simple and intuitive way, while at the same time providing great control of the whole process.

Getting Started with Mockito

Mockito provides several annotations to reduce the line of code to make the code easy to read and maintain.

  • @Mock - for creating mock objects, we can specify how a it should behave,
  • @Spy - is for partial mocking, real methods are invoked, but we can still choose which one will be stubbed,
  • @InjectMocks - inject objects annotated with @Spy or @Mock into test class,
  • @Captor - mark special objects used to capturing the arguments passed into methods.

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Enable Mockito Annotations

To start using Mockito annotations we need to enable them first. There are three options to initialize them:

  1. Mark JUnit test class with a @RunWith(MockitoJUnitRunner.class)

    Using JUnit 4:
    import org.mockito.junit.MockitoJUnitRunner;
    import org.junit.runner.RunWith;
    public class MockitoTest {
    Using JUnit 5:
    import org.mockito.junit.jupiter.MockitoExtension;
    import org.junit.jupiter.api.extension.ExtendWith;
    public class MockitoTest {
  2. Call MockitoAnnotations.initMocks() in test class set up method usually annotated with @Before
    public class MockitoTest {
        public void setUp() {
  3. Use dedicated @Rule public MockitoRule rule = MockitoJUnit.rule();
    public class MockitoTest {
        public MockitoRule rule = MockitoJUnit.rule();
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