May 07

Mocking a single method with PowerMock

java powermock

Let's say this is the Bean under test. Here the method convert() is not implemented. But it could also fire up calls to some remote system DB or be just to complex. In any case, we want to test say().

public class Bean {

   public String say(String name) {
      return "Hi, " + convert(name) + "!";

   protected String convert(String name) {
      throw new UnsupportedOperationException("not implemented yet");


The example test both, the unsupported operation and our mock, to show that it works. The magic happens in … wait for it … createStrictPartialMockForAllMethodsExcept(). A very, very long name, but it explains exactly what it's doing. It leaves our say() untouched, but mocks all other internal calls.

We expect the convert() method to be called with world and returns the uppercase WORLD. But it can be any value as long as you can compare it in the assertThat statement. That's it!

import org.junit.Test;
import org.powermock.api.easymock.PowerMock;

import static org.easymock.EasyMock.expect;

import static org.fest.assertions.Assertions.assertThat;

public class BeanTest {

   @Test(expected = UnsupportedOperationException.class)
   public void sayNotInplementedYet() throws Exception {
      // raises an exception, because the convert method was called
      new Bean().say("world");

   public void sayHowItShouldBe() throws Exception {
      Bean beanMock = PowerMock.createStrictPartialMockForAllMethodsExcept(Bean.class, "say");

      // mock the unimplemented method


      assertThat(beanMock.say("world")).isEqualTo("Hi, WORLD!");


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