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FreezeGun: Let your Python tests travel through time

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FreezeGun is a library that allows your python tests to travel through time by mocking the datetime module.

Usage

Once the decorator or context manager have been invoked, all calls to datetime.datetime.now(), datetime.datetime.utcnow(), datetime.date.today(), time.time(), time.localtime(), time.gmtime(), and time.strftime() will return the time that has been frozen.

Decorator

from freezegun import freeze_time
import datetime
import unittest


@freeze_time("2012-01-14")
def test():
    assert datetime.datetime.now() == datetime.datetime(2012, 1, 14)

# Or a unittest TestCase - freezes for every test, from the start of setUpClass to the end of tearDownClass

@freeze_time("1955-11-12")
class MyTests(unittest.TestCase):
    def test_the_class(self):
        assert datetime.datetime.now() == datetime.datetime(1955, 11, 12)

# Or any other class - freezes around each callable (may not work in every case)

@freeze_time("2012-01-14")
class Tester(object):
    def test_the_class(self):
        assert datetime.datetime.now() == datetime.datetime(2012, 1, 14)

Context Manager

from freezegun import freeze_time

def test():
    assert datetime.datetime.now() != datetime.datetime(2012, 1, 14)
    with freeze_time("2012-01-14"):
        assert datetime.datetime.now() == datetime.datetime(2012, 1, 14)
    assert datetime.datetime.now() != datetime.datetime(2012, 1, 14)

Raw use

from freezegun import freeze_time

freezer = freeze_time("2012-01-14 12:00:01")
freezer.start()
assert datetime.datetime.now() == datetime.datetime(2012, 1, 14, 12, 0, 1)
freezer.stop()

Timezones

from freezegun import freeze_time

@freeze_time("2012-01-14 03:21:34", tz_offset=-4)
def test():
    assert datetime.datetime.utcnow() == datetime.datetime(2012, 1, 14, 3, 21, 34)
    assert datetime.datetime.now() == datetime.datetime(2012, 1, 13, 23, 21, 34)

    # datetime.date.today() uses local time
    assert datetime.date.today() == datetime.date(2012, 1, 13)

Nice inputs

FreezeGun uses dateutil behind the scenes so you can have nice-looking datetimes.

@freeze_time("Jan 14th, 2012")
def test_nice_datetime():
    assert datetime.datetime.now() == datetime.datetime(2012, 1, 14)

tick argument

FreezeGun has an additional tick argument which will restart time at the given value, but then time will keep ticking. This is alternative to the default parameters which will keep time stopped.

@freeze_time("Jan 14th, 2020", tick=True)
def test_nice_datetime():
    assert datetime.datetime.now() > datetime.datetime(2020, 1, 14)

Manual ticks

Freezegun allows for the time to be manually forwarded as well.

def test_manual_increment():
    initial_datetime = datetime.datetime(year=1, month=7, day=12,
                                        hour=15, minute=6, second=3)
    with freeze_time(initial_datetime) as frozen_datetime:
        assert frozen_datetime() == initial_datetime

        frozen_datetime.tick()
        initial_datetime += datetime.timedelta(seconds=1)
        assert frozen_datetime() == initial_datetime

        frozen_datetime.tick(delta=datetime.timedelta(seconds=10))
        initial_datetime += datetime.timedelta(seconds=10)
        assert frozen_datetime() == initial_datetime

Moving time to specify datetime

Freezegun allows moving time to specific dates.

def test_move_to():
    initial_datetime = datetime.datetime(year=1, month=7, day=12,
                                        hour=15, minute=6, second=3)

    other_datetime = datetime.datetime(year=2, month=8, day=13,
                                        hour=14, minute=5, second=0)
    with freeze_time(initial_datetime) as frozen_datetime:
        assert frozen_datetime() == initial_datetime

        frozen_datetime.move_to(other_datetime)
        assert frozen_datetime() == other_datetime

        frozen_datetime.move_to(initial_datetime)
        assert frozen_datetime() == initial_datetime

Parameter for move_to can be any valid freeze_time date (string, date, datetime).

Default Arguments

Note that Freezegun will not modify default arguments. The following code will print the current date. See here for why.

from freezegun import freeze_time
import datetime as dt

def test(default=dt.date.today()):
    print(default)

with freeze_time('2000-1-1'):
    test()

Installation

To install FreezeGun, simply:

$ pip install freezegun

On Debian (Testing and Unstable) systems:

$ sudo apt-get install python-freezegun