Spring Boot REST Test Using Mock MVC WebAppContextSetup Method

Spring Boot REST Test Using Mock MVC WebAppContextSetup Method

In this REST example we will use same project that we created earlier.To create project you can follow below link.

REST API Example Using Spring Boot

Or you can download above project from given link.

Spring Boot REST Example

To test any spring web application, we need to test that method is properly handling Request methods like GET, POST, so to test it we need to request HTTP and need to check that it process correctly.

Spring provides two ways by which we can test above scenario.

  • Mock MVC : Server is not started in it and it is mocked
  • Web Integration Test : Application is started in embedded server.So it is slower but actual test

In this example we are using Mock MVC

To test GET API we are using following class which contains a GET API

package com.example.preparationforinterview.FirstSpringBootPreparation;

import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMapping;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestMethod;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RequestParam;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.RestController;

public class RestService {	
	@RequestMapping(value = "/api", method = RequestMethod.GET)
	public String getMessage(@RequestParam("name") String name){
		return "Hello" + " " + name;		

If we have RestService on separate package then we need to include @Import({ RestService.class }) in spring boot class , in our example

@Import({ RestService.class })
public class FirstSpringBootPreparationApplication {

Now create on class to test above API say FirstSpringBootPreparationApplicationTestsByWebAppConfiguration and copy code

package com.example.preparationforinterview.FirstSpringBootPreparation;

import org.junit.Test;
import org.junit.runner.RunWith;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.boot.test.context.SpringBootTest;
import org.springframework.test.context.junit4.SpringRunner;
import org.springframework.test.context.web.WebAppConfiguration;
import org.springframework.test.web.servlet.MockMvc;
import org.springframework.test.web.servlet.request.MockMvcRequestBuilders;
import org.springframework.test.web.servlet.result.MockMvcResultMatchers;
import org.springframework.test.web.servlet.setup.MockMvcBuilders;
import org.springframework.web.context.WebApplicationContext;

@SpringBootTest(classes = { RestService.class })
public class FirstSpringBootPreparationApplicationTestsByWebAppConfiguration {

	private WebApplicationContext webContext;
	private MockMvc mockMvc;

	public void contextLoads() throws Exception {
		mockMvc = MockMvcBuilders.webAppContextSetup(webContext).build();

				MockMvcRequestBuilders.get("/api").param("name", "developer"))
				.andExpect(MockMvcResultMatchers.view().name("Hello developer"));


Right click on FirstSpringBootPreparationApplicationTestsByWebAppConfiguration and run as Junit. It will pass test case.

Explain :

Mock MVC provides MockMvcBuilders, that provides two methods

To test using webAppContextSetup() we need to annotate our test class with @WebAppConfiguration.That provides WebApplicationContext instance.WebApplicationContext is passed into webAppContextSetup method.

When we call build method , it gives us an instance of MockMvc

On MockMvc we perform API call and test that is it properly called checking status and response if any.

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Spring Boot REST API Test with Mock MVC Using webAppContextSetup

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