Using Mockito's generic "any()" method


I have an interface with a method that expects an array of Foo:

public interface IBar {
  void doStuff(Foo[] arr);

I am mocking this interface using Mockito, and I'd like to assert that doStuff() is called, but I don't want to validate what argument are passed - "don't care".

How do I write the following code using any(), the generic method, instead of anyObject()?

IBar bar = mock(IBar.class);
verify(bar).doStuff((Foo[]) anyObject());
10/7/2016 9:19:31 AM

Accepted Answer

Since Java 8 you can use the argument-less any method and the type argument will get inferred by the compiler:



The new thing in Java 8 is that the target type of an expression will be used to infer type parameters of its sub-expressions. Before Java 8 only arguments to methods where used for type parameter inference (most of the time).

In this case the parameter type of doStuff will be the target type for any(), and the return value type of any() will get chosen to match that argument type.

This mechanism was added in Java 8 mainly to be able to compile lambda expressions, but it improves type inferences generally.

Primitive types

This doesn't work with primitive types, unfortunately:

public interface IBar {
    void doPrimitiveStuff(int i);

verify(bar).doPrimitiveStuff(any()); // Compiles but throws NullPointerException
verify(bar).doPrimitiveStuff(anyInt()); // This is what you have to do instead

The problem is that the compiler will infer Integer as the return value of any(). Mockito will not be aware of this (due to type erasure) and return the default value for reference types, which is null. The runtime will try to unbox the return value by calling the intValue method on it before passing it to doStuff, and the exception gets thrown.

11/23/2019 10:57:52 AM

You can use Mockito.isA() for that:

import static org.mockito.Matchers.isA;
import static org.mockito.Mockito.verify;



As I needed to use this feature for my latest project (at one point we updated from 1.10.19), just to keep the users (that are already using the mockito-core version 2.1.0 or greater) up to date, the static methods from the above answers should be taken from ArgumentMatchers class:

import static org.mockito.ArgumentMatchers.isA;
import static org.mockito.ArgumentMatchers.any;

Please keep this in mind if you are planning to keep your Mockito artefacts up to date as possibly starting from version 3, this class may no longer exist:

As per 2.1.0 and above, Javadoc of org.mockito.Matchers states:

Use org.mockito.ArgumentMatchers. This class is now deprecated in order to avoid a name clash with Hamcrest * org.hamcrest.Matchers class. This class will likely be removed in version 3.0.

I have written a little article on mockito wildcards if you're up for further reading.


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