Switch branches/tags
Nothing to show
Find file Copy path
Fetching contributors…
Cannot retrieve contributors at this time
174 lines (126 sloc) 4.32 KB


mockfn is a library supporting mockist test-driven-development in Clojure. It is meant to be used alongside a regular testing framework such as clojure.test.

Framework-agonostic usage

In order to use mockfn, it's enough to require it in a test namespace.

(:require [mockfn.macros :as mfn]
          [mockfn.matchers :as matchers]

This will bring mockfn features in scope for this namespace.

Stubbing Function Calls

The providing macro replaces functions with mocks. These mocks return preconfigured values when called with the expected arguments.

(testing "providing"
  (providing [(one-fn) :result]
    (is (= :result (one-fn)))))

As presented below, a mock (one-fn) can be configured with different returns for different arguments.

(testing "providing - one function, different arguments"
  (providing [(one-fn :argument-1) :result-1
              (one-fn :argument-2) :result-2]
    (is (= :result-1 (one-fn :argument-1)))
    (is (= :result-2 (one-fn :argument-2)))))

It's also possible to configure multiple mocks, for multiple functions, at once.

(testing "providing with more than one function"
  (providing [(one-fn :argument) :result-1
              (other-fn :argument) :result-2]
    (is (= :result-1 (one-fn :argument)))
    (is (= :result-2 (other-fn :argument))))))

Verifying Interactions

The verifying macro works similarly, but also defines an expectation for the number of times a call should be performed during the test. A test will fail if this expectation is not met.

(testing "verifying"
  (verifying [(one-fn :argument) :result (exactly 1)]
    (is (= :result (one-fn :argument)))))

Notice that the expected number of calls is defined with a matcher.

Argument Matchers

Mocks can be configured to return a specific value for a range of different arguments through matchers.

(testing "argument matchers"
  (providing [(one-fn (at-least 10) (at-most 20)) 15]
    (is (= 15 (one-fn 12 18))))))

Syntax sugar for clojure.test

Support for clojure.test is provided in the mockfn.clj-test namespace.

(:require [clojure.test :refer :all]
          [mockfn.clj-test :as mfn]
          [mockfn.matchers :as matchers]

The mockfn.clj-test/deftest and mockfn.clj-test/testing macros replace clojure.test/deftest and clojure.test/testing and support a flatter (as in not nested) mocking style using mockfn.clj-test/providing and mockfn.clj-test/verifying:

(mfn/deftest deftest-with-builtin-mocking
  (is (= :one-fn (one-fn)))
    (one-fn) :one-fn)

  (mfn/testing "testing with built-in-mocking"
    (is (= :one-fn (one-fn)))
    (is (= :other-fn (other-fn)))
      (other-fn) :other-fn (exactly 1))))

Notice that in order to leverage the built-in support for mocking in these macros, it's necessary to use the providing and verifying versions provided at the mockfn.clj-test namespace.

Built-in Matchers

The following matchers are included in mockfn:


(exactly expected)

Matches if actual value is equal to the expected value.


(at-least expected)

Matches if actual value is greater or equal than the expected value.


(at-most expected)

Matches if actual value is less or equal than the expected value.



Always matches.


(a expected)

Matches if actual value is an instance of the expected type.

Quirks and Limitations

While providing and verifying calls can be nested, all required stubs and expectations for a single mock must be defined in the same call. Mocking a function in a inner providing or verifying call will override any definitions made in the outer scope for the tests being run in the inner scope.

(testing "nested mocks"
  (providing [(one-fn :argument-1) :result-1]
    (providing [(one-fn :argument-2) :result-2
                (other-fn :argument-3) :result-3]
      (is (thrown? ExceptionInfo (one-fn :argument-1)))
      (is (= :result-2 (one-fn :argument-2)))
      (is (= :result-3 (other-fn :argument-3))))
    (is (= :result-1 (one-fn :argument-1))))))