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Jonathan asked on 16 Mar 2016, 07:20 PM

I have MockupController class with Just Mock and using the template found here

Tthe MockController class file that also includes the ability to mock a custom identity class that inherits from IIdentity.

While this class is useful it's still not mocking all the necessary aspects including routing.

Currently an error is being thrown with these two lines of the application code


                        UrlHelper u = new UrlHelper(ControllerContext.RequestContext);
                        string url = u.Action("Results", new { id = v.VerificationID });


Any ideas?


Here is the MockupController class

using System;
using System.Text;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using Telerik.JustMock;
using Telerik.JustMock.AutoMock;
using System.Web;
using QmostWeb.Controllers;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using System.Web.Routing;
using System.Security.Principal;
using QmostWeb;
using QmostWeb.Models;
using QmostBase;
using System.Collections.Specialized;

namespace QmostWebTest
    public static class ControllerMockup
        #region Mock HttpContext factories
        public static HttpContextBase MockHttpContext()
            var context = Mock.Create<HttpContextBase>();
            var request = Mock.Create<HttpRequestBase>();
            var response = Mock.Create<HttpResponseBase>();
            var session = Mock.Create<HttpSessionStateBase>();
            var server = Mock.Create<HttpServerUtilityBase>();

            Mock.Arrange(() => request.AppRelativeCurrentExecutionFilePath).Returns("/");
            Mock.Arrange(() => request.ApplicationPath).Returns("/");
            Mock.Arrange(() => request.IsAuthenticated).Returns(true);

            Mock.Arrange(() => response.ApplyAppPathModifier(Arg.IsAny<string>())).Returns<string>(s => s);
            Mock.ArrangeSet(() => response.StatusCode = (int) System.Net.HttpStatusCode.OK);

            Mock.Arrange(() => context.Request).Returns(request);
            Mock.Arrange(() => context.Response).Returns(response);
            Mock.Arrange(() => context.Session).Returns(session);
            Mock.Arrange(() => context.Server).Returns(server);

            return context;

        public static HttpContextBase MockHttpContext(string url)
            var context = MockHttpContext();
            return context;

        public static void SetMockControllerContext(this Controller controller,
            HttpContextBase httpContext = null,
            RouteData routeData = null,
            RouteCollection routes = null)
            routeData = routeData ?? new RouteData();
            routes = routes ?? RouteTable.Routes;
            httpContext = httpContext ?? MockHttpContext();

            var requestContext = new RequestContext(httpContext, routeData);

            var user = new QmostIdentitySerializeModel()
                UserId = 20,
                SecurityToken = new Guid("4223017F-E6F2-4829-A37F-51C42CF1A04C")
            var qmostIdentity = new QmostIdentity("jonathan", user, new QmostWorkflowsSerializeModel());
            var principal = Mock.Create<IPrincipal>();
            Mock.Arrange(() => principal.Identity).Returns(qmostIdentity);

            var context = new ControllerContext(requestContext, controller);

            Mock.Arrange(() => context.HttpContext.User).Returns(principal);
            controller.ControllerContext = context;

        public static void SetupRequestUrl(this HttpRequestBase request, string url)
            if (url == null)
                throw new ArgumentNullException("url");

            if (!url.StartsWith("~/"))
                throw new ArgumentException("Sorry, we expect a virtual url starting with \"~/\".");

            Mock.Arrange(() => request.QueryString).Returns(GetQueryStringParameters(url));
            Mock.Arrange(() => request.AppRelativeCurrentExecutionFilePath).Returns(GetUrlFileName(url));
            Mock.Arrange(() => request.PathInfo).Returns(string.Empty);

        #region Private

        static string GetUrlFileName(string url)
            return (url.Contains("?"))
                ? url.Substring(0, url.IndexOf("?"))
                : url;

        static NameValueCollection GetQueryStringParameters(string url)
            if (url.Contains("?"))
                var parameters = new NameValueCollection();

                var parts = url.Split("?".ToCharArray());
                var keys = parts[1].Split("&".ToCharArray());

                foreach (var key in keys)
                    var part = key.Split("=".ToCharArray());
                    parameters.Add(part[0], part[1]);

                return parameters;

            return null;


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answered on 21 Mar 2016, 12:57 PM
Hi Jonathan,

Thank you for contacting us about this.

In order to fake the UrlHelper.Action call, you will need to Mock the HttpContextBase as well as the HttpWorkerRequest classes, as shown below:
public class HomeControllerTest
    UrlHelper Url { get; set; }
    public HomeControllerTest()   
        var routes = new RouteCollection();
        var httpContext = Mock.Create<HttpContextBase>();
        Mock.Arrange(() => httpContext.Response.ApplyAppPathModifier(Arg.IsAny<string>()))
            .Returns((string arg) => arg);
        Mock.Arrange(() => httpContext.GetService(typeof(HttpWorkerRequest)))
        var requestContext = new RequestContext(httpContext, new RouteData());
        Url = new UrlHelper(requestContext, routes);
    public void HomePage()
        Assert.AreEqual("/HomeController", Url.Action("Index", "HomeController"));

Doing this, you should be able to execute the u.Action("Results", new { id = v.VerificationID }); line and assert on the expectations in your unit test.

I hope this helps.

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