When you’re writing tests in Node, its often useful to be able to stub out modules which are included by the object you’re attempting to test. Unfortunately due to the way that the module system is structured, its not straightforward to do this in a single test (as opposed to globally).

There are a few solution for this dependency injection problem around, namely node-sandboxed-module and injectr. These modules use node’s vm module to create a new context that they run the test inside of, and in that context they use the mock instead of the original when calling require. This is a nice solution, but unfortunately by bringing the code into a new context, you also break code analysis tools like Mocha’s html-cov.

A few days ago, Matt Morgan released a module called mockit, which approaches the problem instead by temporarily replacing require when requiring the dependency the test needs (as opposed to trying to replace it for the duration of the test).

Imagine you had a Downloader class, and you wanted to use it in your tests, but have it so that when Downloader called require('http');, it got a mock instead of node’s http class. You could do that with one call to mockit:

var Downloader = mockit('../lib/downloader', {
  http: mockHttp

I think this is a really nice solution to this problem - totally unobtrusive and uses node’s existing require functionality when no mock exists. Check it out!