Spring REST Docs WireMock Integration
Java Shell
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Failed to load latest commit information.


Spring REST Docs WireMock Integration

Build Status Coverage Status Download

This is a plugin for auto-generating WireMock stubs as part of documenting your REST API with Spring REST Docs.

The basic idea is to use the requests and responses from the integration tests as stubs for testing your client's API contract. The mock templates can be packaged as jar files and be published into your company's artifact repository for this purpose.

Details and background information can be read on our ePages Developer Blog.


This repository consists of four projects

  • restdocs-wiremock: The library to extend Spring REST Docs with WireMock stub snippet generation.
  • restdocs-server: A sample server documenting its REST API (i.e. the Spring REST Docs "notes" example). Besides producing human-readable documentation it will also generate JSON snippets to be used as stubs for WireMock.
  • wiremock-spring-boot-starter: A spring boot starter which adds a WireMockServer to your client's ApplicationContext for integration testing. This is optional, but highly recommended when verifying your client contract in a SpringBootTest.
  • restdocs-client: A sample client using the server API, with integration testing its client contract against the stubs provided via WireMock.

How to include restdocs-wiremock into your server project


The project is published on jcenter from bintray, so firstly, you need to add jcenter as package repository for your project.

Then, add restdocs-wiremock as a dependency in test scope. As restdocs-wiremock only depends on spring-restdocs-core, you also need to add either spring-restdocs-mockmvc or spring-restdocs-restassured, depending on your test scenario. It is recommended to use the spring-boot gradle plugin to enable dependency management from the Spring IO Platform.

In gradle it would look like this:

dependencies {

Spring Boot 1.3.x users: Please make sure you use the current release of Spring REST Docs, which is 1.1.2.RELEASE as of this writing. The 1.0.x.RELEASE, included with Spring Boot 1.3 is not compatible with this plugin. The example below shows how to set Spring REST Docs to this version, when using Spring dependency management.

dependencyManagement.imports {
    ext['spring-restdocs.version'] = '1.1.2.RELEASE'

When using maven:


Producing snippets

During REST Docs run, snippets like the one below are generated and put into a dedicated jar file, which you can publish into your artifact repository.

Integration into your test code is as simple as adding wiremockJson() from com.epages.restdocs.WireMockDocumentation to the document() calls for Spring REST Docs. For example:

class ApiDocumentation {
    // ... the usual test setup.
    void testGetSingleNote() {
          responseFields( ... )

The snippet below is the resulting snippet of a 200 OK response to /notes/1, with the response body as provided by the integration test.

  "request" : {
    "method" : "GET",
    "urlPath" : "/notes/1"
  "response" : {
    "status" : 200,
    "headers" : {
      "Content-Type" : [ "application/hal+json" ],
      "Content-Length" : [ "344" ]
    "body" : "{\n  \"title\" : \"REST maturity model\",\n  \"body\" : \"http://martinfowler.com/articles/richardsonMaturityModel.html\",\n  \"_links\" : {\n    \"self\" : {\n      \"href\" : \"http://localhost:8080/notes/1\"\n    },\n    \"note\" : {\n      \"href\" : \"http://localhost:8080/notes/1\"\n    },\n    \"tags\" : {\n      \"href\" : \"http://localhost:8080/notes/1/tags\"\n    }\n  }\n}"

The WireMock stubs jar

On the server side you need to collect the WireMock stubs and publish them into an artifact repository. In gradle this can be achieved by a custom jar task.

task wiremockJar(type: Jar) {
    description = 'Generates the jar file containing the wiremock stubs for your REST API.'
    group = 'Build'
    classifier = 'wiremock'
    dependsOn project.tasks.test
    from (snippetsDir) {
        include '**/wiremock-stub.json'
        into "wiremock/${project.name}/mappings"

TODO: Add maven example.

On the client side, add a dependency to the test-runtime to the jar containing the WireMock stubs. After that, the JSON files can be accessed as classpath resources.

testRuntime (group:'com.epages', name:'restdocs-server', version:'0.7.17', classifier:'wiremock', ext:'jar')

How to use WireMock in your client tests

Integrating a WireMock server can easily be achieved by including our wiremock-spring-boot-starter into your project. It adds a wireMockServer bean, which you can auto-wire in your test code. By default, we start WireMock on a dynamic port, and set a wiremock.port property to the port WireMock is running on. This property can be used to point your clients to the location of the WireMock server.

Services based on spring-cloud-netflix, i.e. using feign and ribbon, are auto-configured for you.


To add a dependency via gradle, extend your build.gradle with the following line:


When using maven, add the following dependency in test scope.


Important note for Spring Cloud users: The BOM produced by Spring Cloud includes a transitive resolution of WireMock version 1.55, (via spring-cloud-aws -> aws-java-sdk-core -> wiremock (test)). As versions from BOM always override transitive versions coming in through maven dependencies, you need to add an explicit dependency on WireMock 2.x to your project, like shown in the following gradle example:


Configuring your test to use the WireMock stubs

Here is an excerpt of the sample test from the restdocs-client project to illustrate the usage.

@SpringApplicationConfiguration(classes = { ClientApplication.class })
@ActiveProfiles("test") // (1)
@WireMockTest(stubPath = "wiremock/restdocs-server") // (2) 
public class NoteServiceTest {

    private WireMockServer wireMockServer; // (3)

  1. Configure your test to point to your WireMock server. In our example we are using a Spring Expression inside application-test.properties to point our noteservice to WireMock: noteservice.baseUri=http://localhost:${wiremock.port}/
  2. The @WireMockTest annotation enables the wireMockServer bean, which can be accessed from your test's application context. By default, it starts a WireMockServer on a dynamic port, but you could also set it to a fixed port. The stubPath property can be used to point to a classpath resource folder that holds your json stubs.
  3. If you want, you can auto-wire the WireMockServer instance, and re-configure it, just as described in the official WireMock documentation.

It is possible to read-in a subset of mappings for each test, by repeating the @WireMockTest annotation on the test method. The stubPath is concatenated from the values given on the test class and the test method, just as a @RequestMapping annotation in Spring would. In the example given below, the resulting stubPath provided to WireMock is composed as wiremock/myservice/specific-mappings.

@WireMockTest(stubPath = "wiremock/myservice")
public class MyTest {
    @WireMockTest(stubPath = "specific-mappings")
    public void testDifferentMappings() {

Building from source

Please execute at least step 1 + 2 if before importing restdocs-wiremock into your IDE.

  1. Publish the current restdocs-wiremock library code into your local maven repository.

    ./gradlew restdocs-wiremock:build restdocs-wiremock:publishToMavenLocal
  2. Run the server tests, which uses the WireMock integration into Spring REST Docs. As a result, there is a restdocs-server-wiremock jar file in your local maven repository. Mind that this jar only contains a set of json files without explicit dependency on WireMock itself.

    ./gradlew restdocs-server:build restdocs-server:publishToMavenLocal
  3. Run the client tests, that expect a specific API from the server. By mocking a server via WireMock the client can be tested in isolation, but would notice a breaking change.

    ./gradlew restdocs-client:build


This project makes use of the axion-release-plugin and publishing is automated in travis, when a new release is tagged in git.

Locally you should be able to create a new release by running the release task on gradle. A successful travis build of this tag should finally end up on bintray.

./gradlew clean build release

Other resources