PHP Mocking framework inspired by Mockito for Java

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Mocking framework inspired by Mockito for Java

Checkout the original's website for the philosophy behind the API and more examples (although be aware that this is only a partial implementation for now)

Thanks to the developers of Mockito for the inspiration, and hamcrest-php for making this easy.

Example mocking:

// Create the mock
$iterator = Phockito::mock('ArrayIterator');

// Use the mock object - doesn't do anything, functions return null

// Selectively verify execution
// 1 is default - can also do 2, 3  for exact numbers, or 1+ for at least one, or 0 for never
Phockito::verify($iterator, 1)->asort();

If PHPUnit is available, on failure verify throws a PHPUnit_Framework_AssertionFailedError (looks like an assertion failure), otherwise just throws an Exception

Example stubbing:

// Create the mock
$iterator = Phockito::mock('ArrayIterator');

// Stub in a value

// Prints "first"

// Prints null, because get(999) not stubbed

Alternative API, jsMockito style

// Stub in a value


Mocks are full mocks - method calls to unstubbed function always return null, and never call the parent function.

You can also create partial mocks by calling spy instead of mock. With spies, method calls to unstubbed functions call the parent function.

Because spies are proper subclasses, this lets you stub in methods that are called by other methods in a class

class A {
	function Foo(){ return 'Foo'; }
	function Bar(){ return $this->Foo() . 'Bar'; }

// Create a mock
$mock = Phockito::mock('A');
print_r($mock->Foo()); // 'null'
print_r($mock->Bar()); // 'null'

// Create a spy
$spy = Phockito::spy('A');
print_r($spy->Foo()); // 'Foo'
print_r($spy->Bar()); // 'FooBar'

// Stub a method 
print_r($spy->Foo()); // 'Zap'
print_r($spy->Bar()); // 'ZapBar'

Argument matching

Phockito allows the use of Hamcrest matchers on any argument. Hamcrest is a library of "matching functions" that, given a value, return true if that value matches some rule.

Hamcrest matchers are not included by default, so the first step is to call Phockito::include_hamcrest(); immediately after including Phockito. Note that this will import the Hamcrest matchers as global functions - passing false as an argument will keep your namespace clean by making all matchers only available as static methods of Hamcrest (at the expense of worse looking test code).

Once included you can pass a Hamcrest matcher as an argument in your when or verify rule, eg:

class A {
	function Foo($a){ }

$stub = Phockito::mock('A');

Some common Hamcrest matchers:

  • Core
    • anything - always matches, useful if you don't care what the object under test is
  • Logical
    • allOf - matches if all matchers match, short circuits (like PHP &&)
    • anyOf - matches if any matchers match, short circuits (like PHP ||)
    • not - matches if the wrapped matcher doesn't match and vice versa
  • Object
    • equalTo - test object equality using the == operator
    • anInstanceOf - test type
    • notNullValue, nullValue - test for null
  • Number
    • closeTo - test floating point values are close to a given value
    • greaterThan, greaterThanOrEqualTo, lessThan, lessThanOrEqualTo - test ordering
  • Text
    • equalToIgnoringCase - test string equality ignoring case
    • equalToIgnoringWhiteSpace - test string equality ignoring differences in runs of whitespace
    • containsString, endsWith, startsWith - test string matching

Differences from Mockito

Stubbing methods more flexible

In Mockito, the methods when building a stub are limited to thenReturns, thenThrows. In Phockito, you can use any method as long as it has 'return' or 'throw' in it, so Phockito::when(...)->return(1)->thenReturn(2) is fine.

Type-safe argument matching

In Mockito, to use a Hamcrest matcher, the argThat method is used to satisfy the type checker. In PHP, a little extra help is needed. Phockito provides the argOfTypeThat for provided Hamcrest matchers to type-hinted parameters:

class A {
    function Foo(B $b){ }

class B {}

$stub = Phockito::mock('A');
$b = new B();
Phockito::when($stub)->Foo(argOfTypeThat('B', is(equalTo($b))))->return('Zap');

It's also possible to pass a mock to 'when', rather than the result of a method call on a mock, e.g. Phockito::when($mock)->methodToStub(...)->thenReturn(...). This side-steps the type system entirely.

Note that argOfTypeThat is only compatible with object type-hints; arguments with array or callable type-hints cannot be handled in a type-safe way.

Verify 'times' argument changed

In Mockito, the 'times' argument to verify is an object of interface VerificationMode (like returned by the functions times, atLeastOnce, etc).

For now we just take either an integer, or an integer followed by '+'. It's not extensible.

Callback instead of answers

In Mockito, you can return dynamic results from a stubbed method by calling thenAnswer with an instance of an object that has a specific method. In Phockito you call thenCallback with a callback argument, which gets called with the arguments the stubbed method was called with.

Default arguments

PHP has default arguments, unlike Java. If you don't specify a default argument in your stub or verify matcher, it'll match the default argument.

class Foo {
  function Bar($a, $b = 2){ /* NOP */ }

// Create the mock
$mock = Phockito::mock('Foo');

// Set up a stub

$mock->Bar(1); // Returns 'A'
$mock->Bar(1, 2); // Also returns 'A'
$mock->Bar(1, 3); // Returns null, since no stubbed return value matches

Return typing

Mockito returns a type-compatible false, based on the declared return type. We don't have defined type values in PHP, so we always return null. TODO: Support using phpdoc @return when declared.


  • Mockito-specific hamcrest matchers (anyString, etc)
  • Ordered verification


Copyright (C) 2012 Hamish Friedlander / SilverStripe.

Distributable under either the same license as SilverStripe or the Apache Public License V2 (http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.html) at your choice

You don’t have to do anything special to choose one license or the other and you don’t have to notify anyone which license you are using.

Hamcrest-php is under it's own license - see hamcrest-php/LICENSE.txt.