Testify VS gomock

Compare Testify vs gomock and see what are their differences.

Testify

A toolkit with common assertions and mocks that plays nicely with the standard library (by stretchr)

gomock

GoMock is a mocking framework for the Go programming language. (by golang)
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Testify gomock
57 36
19,223 8,653
2.7% 2.4%
6.5 3.7
13 days ago about 1 month ago
Go Go
MIT License Apache License 2.0
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Testify

Posts with mentions or reviews of Testify. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-26.
  • Tools besides Go for a newbie
    36 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 26 Mar 2023
    IDE: use whatever make you productive. I personally use vscode. VCS: git, as golang communities use github heavily as base for many libraries. AFAIK Linter: use staticcheck for linting as it looks like mostly used linting tool in go, supported by many also. In Vscode it will be recommended once you install go plugin. Libraries/Framework: actually the standard libraries already included many things you need, decent enough for your day-to-day development cycles(e.g. `net/http`). But here are things for extra: - Struct fields validator: validator - Http server lib: chi router , httprouter , fasthttp (for non standard http implementations, but fast) - Web Framework: echo , gin , fiber , beego , etc - Http client lib: most already covered by stdlib(net/http), so you rarely need extra lib for this, but if you really need some are: resty - CLI: cobra - Config: godotenv , viper - DB Drivers: sqlx , postgre , sqlite , mysql - nosql: redis , mongodb , elasticsearch - ORM: gorm , entgo , sqlc(codegen) - JS Transpiler: gopherjs - GUI: fyne - grpc: grpc - logging: zerolog - test: testify , gomock , dockertest - and many others you can find here
  • Is gomock still maintained and recommended?
    7 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 6 Mar 2023
    FWIW, I've been using testify and mockery for years.
    7 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 6 Mar 2023
    To answer OP directly, I am largely quite happy with mockery (and testify) to write expressive tests.
  • Golang, GraphQL y Postgress
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/devsarg | 26 Jan 2023
    Como herramientas te recomiendo: FastJson https://github.com/valyala/fastjson : Si necesitas leer jsons Testify https://github.com/stretchr/testify : Para mockear y testear
  • How to develop a Web app in go
    9 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 19 Jan 2023
    Indispensable for testing your code: https://github.com/stretchr/testify
  • What's your favourite part of unit testing?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 19 Jan 2023
    Best tool in the ecosystem testify. Learn about Table driven test, suite - saves your time so much with setup & teardown. Absolutely one thing you need to follow, if you see anything breaking (or bugs) add tests for that, could be unit tests or integration tests, this's of huge value and reduces manual testsing.
  • TIL: panic(spew.Sdump(myVar))
    8 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 10 Jan 2023
    I use https://github.com/stretchr/testify in tests, it prints structs and diffs very well
  • Learning Go and I don't like some features, maybe it's me?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 14 Dec 2022
  • Criando uma API Rest com Fiber - Uma história pessoal de aprendizado
    7 projects | dev.to | 22 Nov 2022
  • How do you do DB preparation in e2e tests?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 20 Oct 2022
    Assertion libraries that people seem to love: - testify (my favorite) - go-cmp is a more barebones library - gotest.tools -- I have never used this but some swear by it

gomock

Posts with mentions or reviews of gomock. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-26.
  • Tools besides Go for a newbie
    36 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 26 Mar 2023
    IDE: use whatever make you productive. I personally use vscode. VCS: git, as golang communities use github heavily as base for many libraries. AFAIK Linter: use staticcheck for linting as it looks like mostly used linting tool in go, supported by many also. In Vscode it will be recommended once you install go plugin. Libraries/Framework: actually the standard libraries already included many things you need, decent enough for your day-to-day development cycles(e.g. `net/http`). But here are things for extra: - Struct fields validator: validator - Http server lib: chi router , httprouter , fasthttp (for non standard http implementations, but fast) - Web Framework: echo , gin , fiber , beego , etc - Http client lib: most already covered by stdlib(net/http), so you rarely need extra lib for this, but if you really need some are: resty - CLI: cobra - Config: godotenv , viper - DB Drivers: sqlx , postgre , sqlite , mysql - nosql: redis , mongodb , elasticsearch - ORM: gorm , entgo , sqlc(codegen) - JS Transpiler: gopherjs - GUI: fyne - grpc: grpc - logging: zerolog - test: testify , gomock , dockertest - and many others you can find here
  • When to mock and what to mock in a Web API?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 23 Mar 2023
    Normally I like to generate everything with Mockgen and test it using table driven test.
  • Is gomock still maintained and recommended?
    7 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 6 Mar 2023
    Looking at gomock's commit history, it seems like there hasn't been much activity on the project in a couple of years. I'm wondering if this is the case of software being mostly done and just in maintenance mode, or if gomock is falling behind. The reason I fear for the latter is there are still issues being opened up that don't seem to be engaged very much.
  • Want to know if this is a valid approach
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 2 Mar 2023
    Yeah, that would work just fine. Nevertheless, as your business logic gets more complicated, you will want to test more scenarios and mocks will get complicated fast. In these cases tools like gomock really shine and make your life easier. I understand that this is a just-for-fun project, but it's never too early to experiment with a popular solution, especially if you plan on using Go professionally in the future.
  • Go API Project Set-Up
    7 projects | dev.to | 23 Dec 2022
    Unit tests are leveraged to test individual units of code. As such it is not recommended for a developer to scaffold entire dependencies for the sake of testing a single object. Due to the way Go's specific implementations work, I've learned over time to declare interfaces for a lot of the structs that I use in Go. Interfaces not only define a contract for which struct-based implementations should adhere, but they also provide a mechanism for which struct methods can be mocked. While I've experimented with the mock package in testify, I've come to prefer the mock functionality which is provided by mockgen.
  • Google's internal Go style guide
    5 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 18 Nov 2022
    Where we do use mocks, we primarily use GoMock.
  • How do you write/generate mocks for testing?
    5 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 21 Sep 2022
    Currently migrating from moq to https://github.com/golang/mock
  • golang unit testing
    3 projects | dev.to | 3 Sep 2022
    I use gomock or mockery for mocking the interfaces and testify for evaluating tests
  • How we wrote Tarantool Kubernetes Operator
    13 projects | dev.to | 29 Jul 2022
    As every software, the operator needs to be tested. In our case, we use two types of tests: Unit and E2E. For testing, usually mock code generation is used (for example, via golang/mock). We didn't like this option, so we decided to use Testify's mock module that allows to mock required function interfaces using the reflection API—the interfaces used to configure Tarantool.
  • how to mock DBs
    13 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 30 May 2022
    In all other layers, my repositories are mocked using https://github.com/golang/mock

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Testify and gomock you can also consider the following projects:

ginkgo - A Modern Testing Framework for Go

mockery - A mock code autogenerator for Golang

GoConvey - Go testing in the browser. Integrates with `go test`. Write behavioral tests in Go.

gomega - Ginkgo's Preferred Matcher Library

pgx - PostgreSQL driver and toolkit for Go

sqlx - general purpose extensions to golang's database/sql

monkey - Monkey patching in Go

counterfeiter - A tool for generating self-contained, type-safe test doubles in go

gotest.tools - A collection of packages to augment the go testing package and support common patterns.

go-cmp - Package for comparing Go values in tests

go-sqlmock - Sql mock driver for golang to test database interactions

minimock - Powerful mock generation tool for Go programming language