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Record your test suite's HTTP interactions and replay them during future test runs for fast, deterministic, accurate tests.
require 'rubygems' require 'test/unit' require 'vcr' VCR.configure do |c| c.cassette_library_dir = 'fixtures/vcr_cassettes' c.hook_into :webmock # or :fakeweb end class VCRTest < Test::Unit::TestCase def test_example_dot_com VCR.use_cassette('synopsis') do response = Net::HTTP.get_response(URI('http://www.iana.org/domains/example/')) assert_match /Example Domains/, response.body end end end
Run this test once, and VCR will record the http request to
fixtures/vcr_cassettes/synopsis.yml. Run it again, and VCR
will replay the response from iana.org when the http request is made. This test is now fast (no real HTTP requests are
made anymore), deterministic (the test will continue to pass, even if you are offline, or iana.org goes down for
maintenance) and accurate (the response will contain the same headers and body you get from a real request).
- Automatically records and replays your HTTP interactions with minimal setup/configuration code.
- Supports and works with the HTTP stubbing facilities of multiple libraries. Currently, the following are supported:
- Supports multiple HTTP libraries:
- Patron (when using WebMock) * Curb (when using WebMock -- only supports Curl::Easy at the moment)
- HTTPClient (when using WebMock) * em-http-request (when using WebMock)
- Net::HTTP (when using FakeWeb and WebMock) * Typhoeus (Typhoeus::Hydra, but not Typhoeus::Easy or Typhoeus::Multi)
- Excon * Faraday
- And of course any library built on Net::HTTP, such as Mechanize, HTTParty or Rest Client.
- Request matching is configurable based on HTTP method, URI, host, path, body and headers, or you can easily implement a custom request matcher to handle any need.
- The same request can receive different responses in different tests--just use different cassettes.
- The recorded requests and responses are stored on disk in a serialization format of your choice (currently YAML and JSON are built in, and you can easily implement your own custom serializer) and can easily be inspected and edited.
- Dynamic responses are supported using ERB.
- Automatically re-records cassettes on a configurable regular interval to keep them fresh and current.
- Disables all HTTP requests that you don't explicitly allow.
- Simple cucumber integration is provided using tags.
- Includes convenient RSpec macro and integration with RSpec 2 metadata.
- Known to work well with many popular ruby libraries including RSpec 1 & 2, Cucumber, Test::Unit, Capybara, Mechanize, Rest-Client and HTTParty.
- Includes Rack and Faraday middleware.
The docs come in two flavors:
- The relish docs contain example-based documentation (VCR's cucumber suite, in fact). It's a good place to look when you are first getting started with VCR, or if you want to see an example of how to use a feature.
- The rubydoc.info docs contain API documentation. The API docs contain detailed info about all of VCR's public API.
See the Upgrade doc
for info about what's new and changed in VCR 2.0.
VCR follows the principles of semantic versioning. The API documentation define
VCR's public API. Patch level releases contain only bug fixes. Minor
releases contain backward-compatible new features. Major new releases
contain backwards-incompatible changes to the public API.
Ruby Interpreter Compatibility
VCR has been tested on the following ruby interpreters:
- MRI 1.8.7
- MRI 1.9.2
- MRI 1.9.3
- REE 1.8.7
Note that as of VCR 2, 1.8.6 and 1.9.1 are not supported.
- Source hosted on GitHub. * Direct questions and discussions to the IRC channel or the mailing list. * Report issues on GitHub Issues.
- Pull requests are very welcome! Please include spec and/or feature coverage for every patch, and create a topic branch for every separate change you make.
- See the Contributing guide for instructions on running the specs and features.
- Code quality metrics are checked by Code Climate. * Documentation is generated with YARD (cheat sheet). To generate while developing:
yard server --reload
- Aslak Hellesøy for Cucumber. * Bartosz Blimke for WebMock.
- Chris Kampmeier for FakeWeb. * Chris Young for NetRecorder, the inspiration for VCR.
- David Balatero and Hans Hasselberg for help with Typhoeus support.
- Wesley Beary for help with Excon support.
- Jacob Green for help with ongoing VCR maintenance.
Thanks also to the following people who have contributed patches or helpful suggestions:
- Aaron Brethorst * Alexander Wenzowski
- Austen Ito * Avdi Grimm
- Bartosz Blimke * Benjamin Oakes
- Ben Hutton * Bradley Isotope
- Carlos Kirkconnell * Chad Jolly
- Chris Le * Eric Allam
- Ezekiel Templin * Flaviu Simihaian
- Gordon Wilson * Hans Hasselberg
- Ingemar * Jacob Green
- Jay Shepherd * Jeff Pollard
- Joe Nelson * Jonathan Tron
- Justin Smestad * Karl Baum
- Luke van der Hoeven * Mark Burns
- Max Riveiro * Michael Lavrisha
- Mislav Marohnić * Nathaniel Bibler
- Oliver Searle-Barnes * Omer Rauchwerger
- Paco Guzmán * playupchris
- Ryan Bates * Ryan Burrows
- Ryan Castillo * Sathya Sekaran
- Scott Carleton * Shay Frendt
- Steve Faulkner * Steven Anderson
- Tyler Hunt * Wesley Beary
Ports in other languages
- Betamax (Groovy) * Mimic (PHP/Kohana)
- VCR.py (Python) * VCRURLConnection (Objective-C)
- vcr-clj (Clojure)
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Copyright (c) 2010-2013 Myron Marston. Released under the terms of the
MIT license. See LICENSE for details.
- Getting Started
- About These Examples
- Record modes
- Request matching
- Test frameworks
- Http libraries
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