Disable and re-enable WebMock with ease
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webmock-disabler

webmock-disabler is a gem that allows users of WebMock to disable and re-enable WebMock on-demand. This is useful in testing scenarios where the mere presence of WebMock causes some tests to fail. A common case is that the presence of WebMock is known to cause failures in Selenium-based integration tests, such as RSpec's request specs and Cucumber features.

The blog post introducing webmock-disabler is here.

Installation

gem install webmock-disabler

or, if you use Bundler

gem 'webmock-disabler'

Requirements

webmock-disabler works by monkey patching WebMock, so, its implementation is understandably fragile. It was written against version 1.6.4 of WebMock, and it might work with higher 1.x versions. Then again, it might not.

If future versions of WebMock break webmock-disabler, file an issue about it, or, better yet, fork, fix, and send a pull request.

Limitations

While WebMock can mock out lots of different HTTP libraries (Net::HTTP, HTTPClient, EventMachine::HttpRequest, and more), webmock-disabler only supports Net::HTTP. So if you're using any HTTP library other than Net::HTTP, don't expect webmock-disabler to do squat.

I have no plans to implement support for other HTTP libraries, but I do have plans to accept pull requests- so have at it.

Usage

require 'webmock'
require 'webmock-disabler'

Net::HTTP.get(URI.parse('http://www.google.com')) => raises WebMock::NetConnectNotAllowedError

WebMock.disable!

Net::HTTP.get(URI.parse('http://www.google.com')) => the HTML at www.google.com

WebMock.enable!

Net::HTTP.get(URI.parse('http://www.google.com')) => raises WebMock::NetConnectNotAllowedError

Usage with RSpec

In your spec_helper.rb:

before(:each), :type => :request do
  WebMock.disable!
end

after(:each), :type => :request do
  WebMock.enable!
end