A tool for high level stubbing/mocking HTTP REST services
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REST assured


A tool for stubbing/mocking external http based services that your app under test interacts with. This is useful for blackbox/integration testing. There are three main use cases:

  • stubbing out external data sources with predefined data
  • verify requests to external services
  • quickly emulate different behavior of external services during development (using web UI)


You are going to need ruby >= 1.8.7.

First make sure there is database adapter:

bash$ gem install mysql # or sqlite

If using mysql, rest-assured expects database 'rest_assured' to be accessible by user 'root' with no password. Those are defaults and are changeable with command line options.

Then install gem and run:

bash$ gem install rest-assured
bash$ rest-assured -a mysql &

Or clone from github and run:

bash$ git clone git@github.com:BBC/rest-assured.git
bash$ cd rest-assured && bundle install
bash$ ./bin/rest-assured -a mysql &

This starts an instance of rest-assured on port 4578 (changable with --port option). You can now access it via REST or web interfaces on 'http://localhost:4578'

Various options (such as ssl, port, db credentials, etc.) are available through command line options. Check out rest-assured -h to see what they are.

NOTE that although sqlite is an option, I found it locking under any non-trivial load. Mysql feels much more reliable. But may be that is me sqliting it wrong.



Double is a stub/mock of a particular external call.

Ruby Client API

Rest-assured provides client library which partially implements ActiveResource (create and get). To make it available put the following in your test setup code (e.g. env.rb)

require 'rest-assured/client'

RestAssured::Client.config.server_address = 'http://localhost:4578' # or wherever your rest-assured is

You can then create doubles in your tests

RestAssured::Double.create(fullpath: '/products', content: 'this is content')

Or, in case you need verifications, create double in a Given part

@double = RestAssured::Double.create(fullpath: '/products', verb: 'POST')

And verify requests happened on that double in a Then part

@double.wait_for_requests(1, :timeout => 10) # default timeout 5 seconds

req = @double.requests.first

req.body.should == expected_payload
JSON.parse(req.params).should == expected_params_hash
JSON.parse(req.rack_env)['ACCEPT'].should == 'Application/json'


Create double

HTTP POST to '/doubles.json' creates double and returns its json representation. The following options can be passed as request parameters:

  • fullpath - e.g., '/some/api/object', or with parameters in query string (useful for doubling GETs) - '/some/other/api/object?a=2&b=c'. Mandatory.
  • content - whatever you want this double to respond with. Optional.
  • verb - one of http the following http verbs: GET, POST, PUT, DELETE. Optional. GET is default.
  • status - status returned when double is requested. Optional. 200 is default.

    Example (using ruby RestClient):

response = RestClient.post 'http://localhost:4578/doubles', { fullpath: '/api/v2/products?type=fresh', verb: 'GET', content: 'this is list of products', status: 200 }
puts response.body


"{\"double\":{\"fullpath\":\"/api/v2/products?type=fresh\",\"verb\":\"GET\",\"id\":123,\"content\":\"this is list of products\",\"description\":null,\"status\":null,\"active\":true}}"

And then GETting 'http://localhost:4578/api/v2/products?type=fresh' (in browser for instance) should return "this is list of products".

If there is more than one double for the same fullpath and verb, the last created one gets served. In UI you can manually control which double is 'active' (gets served).

Get double state

HTTP GET to '/double/:id.json' returns json with double current state. Use id from create json as :id.

Example (using ruby RestClient):

response = RestClient.get 'http://localhost:4578/doubles/123.json'
puts response.body

Assuming the above double has been requested once, this call would produce

"{\"double\":{\"fullpath\":\"/api/v2/products?type=fresh\",\"verb\":\"GET\",\"id\":123,\"requests\":[{\"rack_env\":\"LOOK FOR YOUR HEADERS HERE\",\"created_at\":\"2011-11-07T18:34:21+00:00\",\"body\":\"\",\"params\":\"{}\"}],\"content\":\"this is list of products\",\"description\":null,\"status\":null,\"active\":true}}"

The important bit here is 'requests' array. This is history of requests for that double (in chronological order). Each element contains the following data (keys):

  • body - request payload
  • params - request parameters
  • created_at - request timestamp
  • rack_env - raw request dump (key value pairs). Including request headers
Delete all doubles

HTTP DELETE to '/doubles/all' deletes all doubles. Useful for cleaning up between tests.


It is sometimes desirable to only double certain calls while letting others through to the 'real' services. Meet Redirects. Kind of "rewrite rules" for requests that didn't match any double. Here is the rest API for managing redirects:

Create redirect

HTTP POST to '/redirects' creates redirect. The following options can be passed as request parameters:

  • pattern - regex (perl5 style) tested against request fullpath. Mandatory
  • to - url base e.g., 'https://myserver:8787/api'. Mandatory

    Example (using ruby RestClient):

RestClient.post 'http://localhost:4578/redirects', { pattern: '^/auth', to: 'https://myserver.com/api' }

Now request (any verb) to 'http://localhost:4578/auth/services/1' will get redirected to 'https://myserver.com/api/auth/services/1.' Provided of course there is no double matched for that fullpath and verb. Much like rewrite rules, redirects are evaluated in order (of creation). In UI you can manually rearrange the order.

Delete all redirects

HTTP DELETE to '/redirects/all' deletes all redirects. Useful for cleaning up between tests.


  • Hide wiring rest-assured into ruby project behind client api
  • Bring UI upto date with rest-api (add verbs, statuses, request history)
  • Add custom response headers


Artem Avetisyan



  • adds verifications
  • adds ruby client
  • adds custom return statuses
  • adds ssl
  • adds mysql support 0.1 initial public release