Title: Add examples for mocking async for and async context manager in unittest.mock docs
Type: enhancement Stage: patch review
Components: Documentation Versions: Python 3.9, Python 3.8
Status: open Resolution:
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: docs@python Nosy List: asvetlov, cjw296, docs@python, ezio.melotti, lisroach, mariocj89, michael.foord, miss-islington, pconnell, xtreak, yselivanov
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2019-05-26 07:51 by xtreak, last changed 2019-10-28 20:48 by pconnell.

Pull Requests
URL Status Linked Edit
PR 14660 merged xtreak, 2019-07-09 09:31
PR 15834 merged miss-islington, 2019-09-10 10:37
Messages (5)
msg343536 - (view) Author: Karthikeyan Singaravelan (xtreak) * (Python committer) Date: 2019-05-26 07:51
Since issue26467 implemented AsyncMock along with async dunder methods for MagicMock it enables users to mock async for and async with statements. Currently examples of how to use this is present only in tests and would be good to add it to docs. There is a docs page for mock that contains similar cookbook style examples [0] where I hope these can be added. I can raise a PR with these examples if it's okay. Do you think it's worthy enough to add these examples? Any additional examples you find around asyncio and mock that can be documented ?

An example of mocking async for statement by setting return value for __aiter__ method : 


import asyncio
from unittest.mock import MagicMock

mock = MagicMock()
mock.__aiter__.return_value = range(3)

async def main(): 
    print([i async for i in mock])

$ ./python.exe
[0, 1, 2]

An example of mocking async with statement by implementing __aenter__ and __aexit__ method. In this example __aenter__ and __aexit__ are not called. __aenter__ and __aexit__ implementations are tested to have been called in the test at [1]. These tests work since MagicMock is returned during attribute access (mock_instance.entered) which is always True in boolean context under assertTrue. I will raise a separate PR to discuss this since normally while mocking __enter__ and __exit__ the class's __enter__ and __exit__ are not used as a side_effect for the mock calls unless they are set explicitly.


import asyncio
from unittest.mock import MagicMock

class WithAsyncContextManager:

    async def __aenter__(self, *args, **kwargs):
        return self

    async def __aexit__(self, *args, **kwargs):

instance = WithAsyncContextManager()
mock_instance = MagicMock(instance)

async def main():
    async with mock_instance as result:


msg351612 - (view) Author: Lisa Roach (lisroach) * (Python committer) Date: 2019-09-10 10:31
I think this is a great addition! Ezio and I were chatting about trying to add an example where the child mocks are also AsyncMocks, since by default they will be MagicMocks. Adding him to nosy.
msg351614 - (view) Author: miss-islington (miss-islington) Date: 2019-09-10 10:37
New changeset c8dfa7333d6317d7cd8c5c7366023f5a668e3f91 by Miss Islington (bot) (Xtreak) in branch 'master':
bpo-37052: Add examples for mocking async iterators and context managers (GH-14660)
msg351620 - (view) Author: miss-islington (miss-islington) Date: 2019-09-10 11:08
New changeset ab74e52f768be5048faf2a11e78822533afebcb7 by Miss Islington (bot) in branch '3.8':
bpo-37052: Add examples for mocking async iterators and context managers (GH-14660)
msg351628 - (view) Author: Karthikeyan Singaravelan (xtreak) * (Python committer) Date: 2019-09-10 12:32
I will open a separate PR as discussed around mocking a class with an async method which is patched with AsyncMock. Meanwhile a method that returns a coroutine is patched with a MagicMock and needs to be explicitly mocked with an AsyncMock as new in the patch call. The original example in Zulip is as below showing the difference.

from unittest.mock import AsyncMock, patch
import asyncio

async def foo():

async def post(url):

class Response:

    async def json(self):

    def sync_json(self):
        return foo() # Returns a coroutine which should be awaited to get the result

async def main():
    # post function is an async function and hence AsyncMock is returned.
    with patch(f"{__name__}.post", return_value={'a': 1}) as m:
        print(await post(""))

    # The json method call is a coroutine whose return_value is set with the dictionary
    # json is an async function and hence during patching here m is an AsyncMock
    response = Response()
    with patch.object(response, 'json', return_value={'a': 1}):
        print(await response.json())

    # sync_json returns a coroutine and not an async def itself. So it's mocked as MagicMock
    # by patch.object and we need to pass an explicit callable as AsyncMock to make sure it's
    # awaitable
    response = Response()
    with patch.object(response, 'sync_json', AsyncMock(return_value={'a': 1})):
        print(await response.sync_json())
Date User Action Args
2019-10-28 20:48:16pconnellsetnosy: + pconnell
2019-09-10 12:32:52xtreaksetmessages: + msg351628
versions: + Python 3.9
2019-09-10 11:08:58miss-islingtonsetmessages: + msg351620
2019-09-10 10:37:28miss-islingtonsetpull_requests: + pull_request15479
2019-09-10 10:37:20miss-islingtonsetnosy: + miss-islington
messages: + msg351614
2019-09-10 10:31:28lisroachsetnosy: + ezio.melotti
messages: + msg351612
2019-07-09 09:31:47xtreaksetkeywords: + patch
stage: patch review
pull_requests: + pull_request14467
2019-05-26 07:51:03xtreakcreate