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wiremock provides HTTP mocking to perform black-box testing of Rust applications that interact with third-party APIs.

It provides mocking of HTTP responses using request matching and response templating.

How to install

Add wiremock to your development dependencies:

# ...
wiremock = "0.5"

If you are using cargo-edit, run

cargo add wiremock --dev

Getting started

use wiremock::{MockServer, Mock, ResponseTemplate};
use wiremock::matchers::{method, path};

async fn main() {
    // Start a background HTTP server on a random local port
    let mock_server = MockServer::start().await;

    // Arrange the behaviour of the MockServer adding a Mock:
    // when it receives a GET request on '/hello' it will respond with a 200.
        // Mounting the mock on the mock server - it's now effective!
    // If we probe the MockServer using any HTTP client it behaves as expected.
    let status = surf::get(format!("{}/hello", &mock_server.uri()))
    assert_eq!(status, 200);

    // If the request doesn't match any `Mock` mounted on our `MockServer` a 404 is returned.
    let status = surf::get(format!("{}/missing", &mock_server.uri()))
    assert_eq!(status, 404);


wiremock provides a set of matching strategies out of the box - check the matchers module for a complete list.

You can define your own matchers using the Match trait, as well as using Fn closures.
Check Match’s documentation for more details and examples.


wiremock empowers you to set expectations on the number of invocations to your Mocks - check the expect method for more details.

Expectations can be used to verify that a side-effect has (or has not) taken place!

Expectations are automatically verified during the shutdown of each MockServer instance, at the end of your test. A failed verification will trigger a panic.
By default, no expectations are set on your Mocks.


wiremock lets you specify pre-determined responses using ResponseTemplate and respond_with.

You also given the option to have Mocks that return different responses based on the matched Request using the Respond trait.
Check Respond’s documentation for more details and examples.

Test isolation

Each instance of MockServer is fully isolated: start takes care of finding a random port available on your local machine which is assigned to the new MockServer.

To ensure full isolation and no cross-test interference, MockServers shouldn’t be shared between tests. Instead, MockServers should be created in the test where they are used.

When a MockServer instance goes out of scope (e.g. the test finishes), the corresponding HTTP server running in the background is shut down to free up the port it was using.

Runtime compatibility

wiremock can be used (and it is tested to work) with both async_std and tokio as futures runtimes.
If you encounter any compatibility bug, please open an issue on our GitHub repository.


wiremock maintains a pool of mock servers in the background to minimise the number of connections and the time spent starting up a new MockServer.
Pooling reduces the likelihood of you having to tune your OS configurations (e.g. ulimit).

The pool is designed to be invisible: it makes your life easier and your tests faster. If you end up having to worry about it, it’s a bug: open an issue!

Prior art

mockito and httpmock provide HTTP mocking for Rust.

Check the table below to see how wiremock compares to them across the following dimensions:

  • Test execution strategy (do tests have to be executed sequentially or can they be executed in parallel?);
  • How many APIs can I mock in a test?
  • Out-of-the-box request matchers;
  • Extensible request matching (i.e. you can define your own matchers);
  • Sync/Async API;
  • Spying (e.g. verify that a mock has/hasn’t been called in a test);
  • Standalone mode (i.e. can I launch an HTTP mock server outside of a test suite?).
Test execution strategyHow many APIs can I mock?Out-of-the-box request matchersExtensible request matchingAPISpyingStandalone mode
mockito❌ Sequential❌ 1Sync
httpmock✔ Parallel✔ UnboundedAsync/Sync
wiremock✔ Parallel ️✔ UnboundedAsync

Future evolution

More request matchers can be added to those provided out-of-the-box to handle common usecases.


  • Convenient re-exports of http-types’ types that are part of wiremock’s public API.
  • A collection of different matching strategies provided out-of-the-box by wiremock.



  • Anything that implements Match can be used to constrain when a Mock is activated.
  • Anything that implements Respond can be used to reply to an incoming request when a Mock is activated.