hock

A mocking server for HTTP requests

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An HTTP mocking server based on Nock.

Overview

Hock is an HTTP mocking server with an API designed to closely match that of Nock. The key difference between Nock and Hock is that nock works by overriding http.clientRequest, allowing requests to be intercepted before they go over the wire.

Hock is designed as a fully functioning HTTP service. You enqueue requests and responses in a similar fashion to Nock:


    var hock = require('hock'),
        request = require('request');

    hock.createHock(function(err, hockServer) {
        var port = hockServer.address().port;

        hockServer
            .get('/some/url')
            .reply(200, 'Hello!');

        request('http://localhost:' + port + '/some/url', function(err, res, body) {
           console.log(body);
        });
    });

A port can be optionally specified when creating the server:

    hock.createHock(12345, function(err, hockServer) {
        ....
    });

Unlike Nock, you create a Hock server with a callback based factory method. Behind the scenes, this spins up the new HTTP service, and begins listening to requests.

HTTP Methods

Hock supports the 5 primary HTTP methods at this time:

  • GET
  • POST
  • PUT
  • DELETE
  • HEAD
    // Returns a hock Request object
    var req = hockServer.get(url, requestHeaders);
    // Returns a hock Request object
    var req = hockServer.delete(url, requestHeaders);
    // Returns a hock Request object
    var req = hockServer.post(url, body, requestHeaders);
    // Returns a hock Request object
    var req = hockServer.put(url, body, requestHeaders);
    // Returns a hock Request object
    var req = hockServer.head(url, requestHeaders);

Request Object

All of these methods return an instance of a Request, a hock object which contains all of the state for a mocked request. To define the response and enqueue into the hockServer, call either reply or replyWithFile on the Request object:

    // returns the current hockServer instance
    req.reply(statusCode, body, responseHeaders);
    // returns the current hockServer instance
    req.replyWithFile(statusCode, filePath, responseHeaders);

Multiple matching requests

You can optionally tell hock to match multiple requests for the same route:

    hockServer.put('/path/one', {
        foo: 1,
        bar: {
            baz: true
            biz: 'asdf1234'
        }
    })
    .min(4)
    .max(10)
    .reply(202, {
        status: 'OK'
    })

Call many if you need to handle at least one, possibly many requests:

    hockServer.put('/path/one', {
        foo: 1,
        bar: {
            baz: true
            biz: 'asdf1234'
        }
    })
    .many() // min 1, max Unlimited
    .reply(202, {
        status: 'OK'
    })

Provide custom min and max options to many:

    hockServer.put('/path/one', {
        foo: 1,
        bar: {
            baz: true
            biz: 'asdf1234'
        }
    })
    .many({
        min: 4,
        max: 10
    })
    .reply(202, {
        status: 'OK'
    })

Set infinite number of requests with max(Infinity):

    hockServer.put('/path/one', {
        foo: 1,
        bar: {
            baz: true
            biz: 'asdf1234'
        }
    })
    .max(Infinity)
    .reply(202, {
        status: 'OK'
    })

If you don't care how many or how few requests are served, you can use any:

    hockServer.put('/path/one', {
        foo: 1,
        bar: {
            baz: true
            biz: 'asdf1234'
        }
    })
    .any() // equivalent to min(0), max(Infinity)
    .reply(202, {
        status: 'OK'
    })

hockServer.done() with many

hockServer.done() will verify the number of requests fits within the minimum and maximum constraints specified by min, max, many or any:

hockServer.get('/').min(2)
request.get('/', function() {
  hockServer.done(function(err) {
    console.error(err) // error, only made one request
  })
})

If the number of requests doesn't verify and you don't supply a callback to hockServer.done() it will throw!

Chaining requests

As the reply and replyWithFile methods return the current hockServer, you can chain them together:


    hockServer.put('/path/one', {
        foo: 1,
        bar: {
            baz: true
            biz: 'asdf1234'
        }
    })
    .reply(202, {
        status: 'OK'
    })
    .get('/my/file/should/be/here')
    .replyWithFile(200, __dirname + '/foo.jpg');

Matching requests

When a request comes in, hock iterates through the queue in a First-in-first-out approach, so long as the request matches. The criteria for matching is based on the method and the url, and additionally the request body if the request is a PUT or POST. If you specify request headers, they will also be matched against before sending the response.

Path filtering

You can filter paths using regex or a custom function, this is useful for things like timestamps that get appended to urls from clients.


    hockServer
        .filteringPathRegEx(/timestamp=[^&]*/g, 'timestamp=123')
        .get('/url?timestamp=123')
        .reply(200, 'Hi!');

    hockServer
        .filteringPath(function (p) {
            return '/url?timestamp=XXX';
        })
        .get('/url?timestamp=XXX')
        .reply(200, 'Hi!');
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