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Creating Fakes

Natural fakes

The common way to create a fake object is by using the A.Fake syntax, for example:

var foo = A.Fake<IFoo>();
This will return a faked object that is an actual instance of the type specified (IFoo in this case).

You can create a fake delegate with the same syntax:

var func = A.Fake<Func<string, int>>();

You can also create a collection of fakes by writing:

var foos = A.CollectionOfFake<Foo>(10);

For cases where the type to fake isn't statically known, non-generic methods are also available. These are usually only required when writing extensions for FakeItEasy, so they live in the FakeItEasy.Sdk namespace:

using FakeItEasy.Sdk;
var type = GetTypeOfFake();
object fake = Create.Fake(type);
IList<object> fakes = Create.CollectionOfFake(type, 10);

Explicit Creation Options

When creating fakes you can, through a fluent interface, specify options for how the fake should be created, depending on the type of fake being made:

Option Applies to
Specify arguments for the constructor of the faked type non-delegates
Specify additional interfaces that the fake should implement non-delegates
Assign additional custom attributes to the faked type non-delegates
Cause a fake to have strict mocking semantics any fake
Configure all of a fake's methods to use their original implementation classes
Create a fake that wraps another object any fake
Create a named fake any fake


// Specifying arguments for constructor using an expression. This is refactoring friendly!
// Since the constructor call seen here is an expression, it is not invoked. Instead, the
// constructor arguments will be extracted from the expression and provided to
// the fake class's constructor. (Of course the fake class, being a subclass of `FooClass`,
// ultimately invokes `FooClass`'s constructor with these arguments.)
var foo = A.Fake<FooClass>(x => x.WithArgumentsForConstructor(() => new FooClass("foo", "bar")));

// Specifying arguments for constructor using IEnumerable<object>.
var foo = A.Fake<FooClass>(x => x.WithArgumentsForConstructor(new object[] { "foo", "bar" }));

// Specifying additional interfaces to be implemented. Among other uses,
// this can help when a fake skips members because they have been
// explicitly implemented on the class being faked.
var foo = A.Fake<FooClass>(x => x.Implements(typeof(IFoo)));
// or
var foo = A.Fake<FooClass>(x => x.Implements<IFoo>());

// Assigning custom attributes to the faked type.
// foo's type should have "FooAttribute"
var foo = A.Fake<IFoo>(x => x.WithAttributes(() => new FooAttribute()));

// Create wrapper - unconfigured calls will be forwarded to wrapped
var wrapped = new FooClass("foo", "bar");
var foo = A.Fake<IFoo>(x => x.Wrapping(wrapped));

// Create a named fake, for easier identification in error messages and using ToString()
// Note that for a faked delegate, ToString() won't return the name, because only the Invoke
// method of a delegate can be configured.
var foo = A.Fake<IFoo>(x => x.Named("Foo #1"));

Implicit Creation Options

Implicit creation options are available, equivalent in power to the explicit creation options mentioned above.

Unnatural fakes

For those accustomed to Moq there is an alternative way of creating fakes through the new Fake<T> syntax. The fake provides a fluent interface for configuring the faked object:

var fake = new Fake<IFoo>();
fake.CallsTo(x => x.Bar("some argument")).Returns("some return value");

var foo = fake.FakeObject;

For an alternative look at migrating from Moq to FakeItEasy, see Daniel Marbach's blog post that talks about Migration from Moq to FakeItEasy with Resharper Search Patterns.