Mock built-in PHP functions (e.g. time()) with Prophecy. This package relies on PHP's namespace fallback policy. No further extension is needed.

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This package integrates the function mock library PHP-Mock with Prophecy.


Use Composer:

composer require --dev php-mock/php-mock-prophecy


Build a new PHPProphet and create function prophecies for a given namespace with PHPProphet::prophesize():

namespace foo;

use phpmock\prophecy\PHPProphet;

$prophet = new PHPProphet();

$prophecy = $prophet->prophesize(__NAMESPACE__);

assert(123 == time());


This library comes with the same restrictions as the underlying php-mock:

  • Only unqualified function calls in a namespace context can be prophesized. E.g. a call for time() in the namespace foo is prophesizable, a call for \time() is not.

  • The mock has to be defined before the first call to the unqualified function in the tested class. This is documented in Bug #68541. In most cases you can ignore this restriction. But if you happen to run into this issue you can call PHPProphet::define() before that first call. This would define a side effectless namespaced function.

  • Additionally it shares restrictions from Prophecy as well: Prophecy doesn't support pass-by-reference. If you need pass-by-reference in prophecies, consider using another framework (e.g. php-mock-phpunit).

License and authors

This project is free and under the WTFPL. Responsable for this project is Markus Malkusch


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