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Nikos Baxevanis

Auto-Mocking with Foq and AutoFixture

A new Auto-mocking extension have been recently added to AutoFixture allowing the mock instances to be created by Foq.

This brings the total number of Auto-mocking extensions for AutoFixture up to five:


To install AutoFixture with Auto Mocking using Foq, run the following command in the Package Manager Console:

PM> Install-Package AutoFixture.AutoFoq

To use it, add an AutoFoqCustomization to the Fixture instance:

let fixture = Fixture().Customize(AutoFoqCustomization())


In the test below the mocked instance is created automatically by Foq:

let AutoMockInterfaceAndSetupExpectations() =
    // Fixture setup
    let fixture = Fixture().Customize(AutoFoqCustomization())
    let dummy = obj()
    // Exercise system
    let sut = fixture.Create<IInterface>()
    sut.MakeIt(dummy) |> ignore
    // Verify outcome
    Mock.Verify(<@ sut.MakeIt(dummy) @>, Times.Once)
    // Teardown

The above test can be written declaratively using AutoData theories:

let AutoMockInterfaceAndSetupExpectationsDeclaratively 
  (sut: IInterface, dummy: obj) =
    sut.MakeIt(dummy) |> ignore
    Mock.Verify(<@ sut.MakeIt(dummy) @>, Times.Once)

The [AutoFoqData] attribute is defined as:

type AutoFoqDataAttribute() = 
    inherit AutoDataAttribute(

An automatically published release created from the latest successful build can be also downloaded from here.