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MockMvc doesn’t use spring-boot’s mvc exception handler #7321


I’m trying to test my Controller using MockMvc.
The service used by Controller throws RuntimeException if something is wrong.
The spring-boot’s default exception resolver catches this exception and responds with status 500.
But when I use MockMvc in my test, the test method just throws the exception instead of catch status 500.
If I add explicit exception resolver using @ExceptionHandler , then test method starts to work.

The simple example. My Controller just throws new RuntimeException() for simplicity.

Expected result:
Test catches status 500 and passes.

Actual result:
The exception is thrown and test fails.

Maybe I’m wrong assuming that spring-boot installs some default mvc exception handler. But anyway the real application returns status 500 with properly formatted JSON of error details. So I think the MockMvc should do the same.

I can add the reproducible example if someone confirms that this is really not intended behaviour.

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Also, even if I add explicit @ExceptionHandler like this:

Then real response and MockMvc response is also different.

The real response contains JSON with error details, like this:

But the MockMvc response body is empty:

So we can’t check, for example, the message field.

This might be related to Spring Framework and it seems that MockMvc will follow redirects and forwards in the 5.0 version (see SPR-14342 and SPR-14755).

Could you share a sample repro project we could take a look at?
I’m not sure MockMvc is supposed to dispatch error requests back to the container, since we’re not firing up a container for those tests.

  • Try: gradle test and see the report.
  • Try: gradle bootRun , then curl -i localhost:8080/unhandled and curl -i localhost:8080/handled and see the good JSON responses.
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There are 2 tests here.

testUnhandledException() .
It tests the case when no explicit @ExceptionHandler provided by user code.

This test doesn’t work. It throws: org.springframework.web.util.NestedServletException: Request processing failed; nested exception is java.lang.RuntimeException: Hello, unhandled Exception! while real request to the app ( gradle bootRun , then curl -i localhost:8080/unhandled ) shows good JSON response.

testHandledException() .
It test the case when explicit @ExceptionHandler (which just does res.sendError(400, «Explicit exception handler works!»); ) is provided by user code.

This test also doesn’t work. It not throws any exceptions. But checked response body is empty.

But real request shows good JSON response:

I don’t know the internals. Not sure how spring-boot provides this json response. But if you think it works as expected, then we can’t rely on this behaviour in tests? It is inconsistent. 🙁 How can we write tests for error conditions using default spring-boot JSON responses, then?

Spring Boot’s error handling is based on Servlet container error mappings that result in an ERROR dispatch to an ErrorController. MockMvc however is container-less testing so with no Servlet container the exception simply bubbles up with nothing to stop it.

So MockMvc tests simply aren’t enough to test error responses generated through Spring Boot. I would argue that you shouldn’t be testing Spring Boot’s error handling. If you’re customizing it in any way you can write Spring Boot integration tests (with an actual container) to verify error responses. And then for MockMvc tests focus on fully testing the web layer while expecting exceptions to bubble up.

This is a typical unit vs integration tests trade off. You do unit tests even if they don’t test everything because they give you more control and run faster.

How can we write tests for error conditions using default spring-boot JSON responses, then?

@xak2000 Rossen’s already covered this, but I wanted to give you a direct answer. If you really want to test the precise format of the error response then you can use an integration test using @SpringBootTest configured with a DEFINED_PORT or RANDOM_PORT web environment and TestRestTemplate .

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And just to give visibility in terms of implementation, that’s how I’m doing:

Unfortunately TestRestTemplate doesn’t work well with Spring REST Docs. 😞

Spring Boot 2 supports the WebTestClient with @SpringBootTest and so does Spring REST Docs 2.0. I haven’t tried the combination but you actually need access to the WebTestClient.Builder in order to apply Spring REST Docs. You might be able to do something like this with the injected client:

@snicoll, @wilkinsona do you have a better idea?

We have a pull request lined up for RC1 that’ll auto-configure a WebTestClient with REST Docs: #10969

My project uses Spring Boot 1.5.8 — unfortunately these changes don’t apply for my project.

I had the same problem with using implementation of HandlerExceptionResolver interface for global error handling in the server. Where was also writing of the response based on throwed exception during request processing (implementation of the method resolveException ). I got the same exception from test using mockMvc : org.springframework.web.util.NestedServletException: Request processing failed; nested exception is java.lang.RuntimeException (although server returns correctly written response with appropriate http status, etc.).

My problem was fixed by returning new (empty) instance of ModelAndView class in resolveException method instead of null value.

the problem with using TestRestTemplate is that you loose the ability to setup your test data in a @Transactional integration test inside the test method, therefore, keeping the database clean for other tests to run.
TestRestTemplate causes the request to be processed in a different thread and therefore, you have to persistently modify the database which is a pain to clean up.
I would be ok if the response is not the EXACT same for MockMvcTests , but at least the HTTP status returned should be honoured.

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Same. Mockmvc is not giving the option to handle custom service exception even with controller advice and RestTemplate is not allowing us to rollback. What option do we have to check at controller level?

maybe this helps with a MockMvc approach:

maybe this helps with a MockMvc approach:

This only works if your Exception is annotated with @ResponseStatus as, then, the ResponseStatusExceptionResolver handles the exception.
If the Exception is not annotated, then, it is thrown encapsulated inside a NestedServletException .

In that case you can test it with something like:

* For more fine-grained control of MockMVC the @AutoConfigureMockMvc annotation * can be used. *

* By default MockMVC printOnlyOnFailure = true so information is printed only * if the test fails. */ @WebMvcTest() public class MockMvcNestedServletExceptionTest < /** * MockMvc is not a real servlet environment, therefore it does not redirect * error responses to ErrorController, which produces error response. *

* See: */ @Autowired private MockMvc mockMvc; @Test public void testRuntimeException() throws Exception < Assertions .assertThatThrownBy( () ->mockMvc.perform(MockMvcRequestBuilders.get(«/exception»).contentType(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON))) .hasCauseInstanceOf(RuntimeException.class).hasMessageContaining(«The exception message»); > /** * A nested @Configuration class wild be used instead of the application’s * primary configuration. *

* Unlike a nested @Configuration class, which would be used instead of your * application’s primary configuration, a nested @TestConfiguration class is * used in addition to your application’s primary configuration. */ @Configuration /** * Tells Spring Boot to start adding beans based on classpath settings, other * beans, and various property settings. */ @EnableAutoConfiguration /** * The @ComponentScan tells Spring to look for other components, configurations, * and services in the the TestWebConfig package, letting it find the * TestController class. *