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You can test your application using unit tests or integration tests. Unit tests only assess the logic written in your application's code. Integration tests assess your application logic, database queries and writes, and calls to your application's backend, if you have one. Unit tests run on your development machine using the JVM, while integration tests run on a physical or emulated Android device. You can run integration tests by communicating with actual instances of Realm Database or an App backend using Android's built-in instrumented tests.
Android uses specific file paths and folder names in Android projects for unit tests and instrumented tests:
Because the SDK uses C++ code via Android Native for data storage, unit testing requires you to entirely mock interactions with Realm Database. Prefer integration tests for logic that requires extensive interaction with the database.
This section shows how to integration test an application that uses the Realm SDK. It covers the following concepts in the test environment:
acquiring an application context
executing logic on a
how to delay test execution while asynchronous method calls complete
Applications that use Sync or a backend App also require (not covered here):
a separate App backend for testing, with separate user accounts and data
a separate Atlas cluster containing test-only data
To initialize the SDK, you'll need to provide an application or activity
This isn't available by default in Android integration tests. However,
you can use Android's built-in testing ActivityScenario
class to start an activity in your tests. You can use any activity from
your application, or you can create an empty activity just for testing.
ActivityScenario.launch() with your activity class as a
parameter to start the simulated activity.
Next, use the
ActivityScenario.onActivity() method to run a lambda
on the simulated activity's main thread. In this lambda, you should call
Realm.init() function to initialize the SDK with your activity
as a parameter. Additionally, you should save the parameter passed to
your lambda (the newly created instance of your activity) for future
onActivity() method runs on a different thread, you
should block your test from executing further until this initial setup completes.
The following example uses an
ActivityScenario, an empty testing
activity, and a
CountDownLatch to demonstrate how to set up an
environment where you can test your Realm application:
Realm Database functionality such as
Live objects and change notifications only
work on Looper threads.
Threads configured with a
Looper object pass events over a message
loop coordinated by the
Looper. Test functions normally don't have
Looper object, and configuring one to work in your tests can be
Instead, you can use the Activity.runOnUiThread()
method of your test activity to execute logic on a thread that already
Looper configured. Combine
CountDownLatch as described in the delay section to prevent your test from completing
and exiting before your logic has executed. Within the
call, you can interact with the SDK just like you normally would in your
Because the SDK uses asynchronous calls for common operations such as
database queries, authentication, and function calls, tests need a way
to wait for those async calls to complete. Otherwise, your tests will
exit before your asynchronous (or multi-threaded) calls run. This example
uses Java's built-in CountDownLatch. Follow these steps to use a
CountDownLatch in your own tests:
CountDownLatchwith a count of 1.
After running the async logic your test needs to wait for, call that
When you need to wait for async logic, add a
catchblock that handles an
InterruptedException. In that block, call that
Pass a timeout interval and unit to
await(), and wrap the call in a
Assert.assertTrue()assertion. If the logic takes too long, the
await()call times out, returning false and failing the test.
The following example demonstrates the use of a
wait for authentication and opening a realm asynchronously on a separate
Applications that use an App backend should not connect to the production backend for testing purposes for the following reasons:
you should always keep test users and production users separate for security and privacy reasons
tests often require a clean initial state, so there's a good chance your tests will include a setup or teardown method that deletes all users or large chunks of data
You can use environments to manage separate apps for testing and production.
Applications that use Sync or MongoDB queries may read, write, update, or delete data stored in connected Atlas clusters. For security purposes, you shouldn't store production data and testing data on the same cluster. Additionally, tests may require schema changes before those changes are gracefully handled in your production application. As a result, you should use a separate Atlas cluster when testing your application.
The following example shows a full Junit instrumented
example running Realm Database in integration tests:
See the Realm Documentation Examples App for an example of integration testing the SDK locally and with a live backend.
To unit test Realm applications that use Realm, you must mock Realm Database (and your application backend, if you use one). Use the following libraries to mock SDK functionality:
To make these libraries available for unit testing in your Android project,
add the following to the
dependencies block of your application
testImplementation "org.robolectric:robolectric:4.1" testImplementation "org.mockito:mockito-core:3.3.3" testImplementation "org.powermock:powermock-module-junit4:2.0.9" testImplementation "org.powermock:powermock-module-junit4-rule:2.0.9" testImplementation "org.powermock:powermock-api-mockito2:2.0.9" testImplementation "org.powermock:powermock-classloading-xstream:2.0.9"
Mocking the SDK in unit tests requires Robolectric, Mockito, and Powermock because the SDK uses Android Native C++ method calls to interact with Realm Database. Because the frameworks required to override these method calls can be delicate, you should use the versions listed above to ensure that your mocking is successful. Some recent version updates (particularly Robolectric version 4.2+) can break compiliation of unit tests using the SDK.
To configure your unit tests to use Robolectric, PowerMock, and Mockito with the SDK, add the following annotations to each unit test class that mocks the SDK:
Then, bootstrap Powermock globally in the test class:
Next, mock the components of the SDK that might query native C++ code so we don't hit the limitations of the test environment:
Once you've completed the setup required for mocking, you can start mocking components and wiring up behavior for your tests. You can also configure PowerMockito to return specific objects when new objects of a type are instantiated, so even code that references the default realm in your application won't break your tests:
After mocking a realm, you'll have to configure data for your test cases. See the full example below for some examples of how you can provide testing data in unit tests.
The following example shows a full JUnit
example mocking Realm Database in unit tests. This example tests
an activity that performs some basic Realm Database operations.
The tests use mocking to simulate those operations when that activity is
started during a unit test:
See the Unit Testing Example App for an example of unit testing an application that uses Realm.