How to mock a final class with mockito


I have a final class, something like this:

public final class RainOnTrees{

   public void startRain(){

        // some code here

I am using this class in some other class like this:

public class Seasons{

   RainOnTrees rain = new RainOnTrees();

   public void findSeasonAndRain(){



and in my JUnit test class for I want to mock the RainOnTrees class. How can I do this with Mockito?

This question is tagged with java junit mockito

~ Asked on 2013-01-12 11:23:01

The Best Answer is


Mocking final/static classes/methods is possible with Mockito v2 only.

add this in your gradle file:

testImplementation 'org.mockito:mockito-inline:2.13.0'

This is not possible with Mockito v1, from the Mockito FAQ:

What are the limitations of Mockito

  • Needs java 1.5+

  • Cannot mock final classes


~ Answered on 2013-01-12 11:26:14


Mockito 2 now supports final classes and methods!

But for now that's an "incubating" feature. It requires some steps to activate it which are described in What's New in Mockito 2:

Mocking of final classes and methods is an incubating, opt-in feature. It uses a combination of Java agent instrumentation and subclassing in order to enable mockability of these types. As this works differently to our current mechanism and this one has different limitations and as we want to gather experience and user feedback, this feature had to be explicitly activated to be available ; it can be done via the mockito extension mechanism by creating the file src/test/resources/mockito-extensions/org.mockito.plugins.MockMaker containing a single line:


After you created this file, Mockito will automatically use this new engine and one can do :

 final class FinalClass {
   final String finalMethod() { return "something"; }

 FinalClass concrete = new FinalClass(); 

 FinalClass mock = mock(FinalClass.class);
 given(mock.finalMethod()).willReturn("not anymore");


In subsequent milestones, the team will bring a programmatic way of using this feature. We will identify and provide support for all unmockable scenarios. Stay tuned and please let us know what you think of this feature!

~ Answered on 2016-10-13 10:19:39

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