Route TestKit

Route TestKit

One of Akka HTTP's design goals is good testability of the created services. For services built with the Routing DSL Akka HTTP provides a dedicated testkit that makes efficient testing of route logic easy and convenient. This "route test DSL" is made available with the akka-http-testkit module.


Here is an example of what a simple test with the routing testkit might look like (using the built-in support for scalatest):

import org.scalatest.{ Matchers, WordSpec }
import akka.http.scaladsl.model.StatusCodes
import akka.http.scaladsl.testkit.ScalatestRouteTest
import akka.http.scaladsl.server._
import Directives._

class FullTestKitExampleSpec extends WordSpec with Matchers with ScalatestRouteTest {

  val smallRoute =
    get {
      pathSingleSlash {
        complete {
          "Captain on the bridge!"
      } ~
      path("ping") {

  "The service" should {

    "return a greeting for GET requests to the root path" in {
      // tests:
      Get() ~> smallRoute ~> check {
        responseAs[String] shouldEqual "Captain on the bridge!"

    "return a 'PONG!' response for GET requests to /ping" in {
      // tests:
      Get("/ping") ~> smallRoute ~> check {
        responseAs[String] shouldEqual "PONG!"

    "leave GET requests to other paths unhandled" in {
      // tests:
      Get("/kermit") ~> smallRoute ~> check {
        handled shouldBe false

    "return a MethodNotAllowed error for PUT requests to the root path" in {
      // tests:
      Put() ~> Route.seal(smallRoute) ~> check {
        status === StatusCodes.MethodNotAllowed
        responseAs[String] shouldEqual "HTTP method not allowed, supported methods: GET"

The basic structure of a test built with the testkit is this (expression placeholder in all-caps):

REQUEST ~> ROUTE ~> check {

In this template REQUEST is an expression evaluating to an HttpRequest instance. In most cases your test will, in one way or another, extend from RouteTest which itself mixes in the akka.http.scaladsl.client.RequestBuilding trait, which gives you a concise and convenient way of constructing test requests. [1]

ROUTE is an expression evaluating to a Route. You can specify one inline or simply refer to the route structure defined in your service.

The final element of the ~> chain is a check call, which takes a block of assertions as parameter. In this block you define your requirements onto the result produced by your route after having processed the given request. Typically you use one of the defined "inspectors" to retrieve a particular element of the routes response and express assertions against it using the test DSL provided by your test framework. For example, with scalatest, in order to verify that your route responds to the request with a status 200 response, you'd use the status inspector and express an assertion like this:

status shouldEqual 200

The following inspectors are defined:

Inspector Description
charset: HttpCharset Identical to contentType.charset
chunks: Seq[HttpEntity.ChunkStreamPart] Returns the entity chunks produced by the route. If the entity is not chunked returns Nil.
closingExtension: String Returns chunk extensions the route produced with its last response chunk. If the response entity is unchunked returns the empty string.
contentType: ContentType Identical to responseEntity.contentType
definedCharset: Option[HttpCharset] Identical to contentType.definedCharset
entityAs[T :FromEntityUnmarshaller]: T Unmarshals the response entity using the in-scope FromEntityUnmarshaller for the given type. Any errors in the process trigger a test failure.
handled: Boolean Indicates whether the route produced an HttpResponse for the request. If the route rejected the request handled evaluates to false.
header(name: String): Option[HttpHeader] Returns the response header with the given name or None if no such header is present in the response.
header[T <: HttpHeader]: Option[T] Identical to response.header[T]
headers: Seq[HttpHeader] Identical to response.headers
mediaType: MediaType Identical to contentType.mediaType
rejection: Rejection The rejection produced by the route. If the route did not produce exactly one rejection a test failure is triggered.
rejections: Seq[Rejection] The rejections produced by the route. If the route did not reject the request a test failure is triggered.
response: HttpResponse The HttpResponse returned by the route. If the route did not return an HttpResponse instance (e.g. because it rejected the request) a test failure is triggered.
responseAs[T: FromResponseUnmarshaller]: T Unmarshals the response entity using the in-scope FromResponseUnmarshaller for the given type. Any errors in the process trigger a test failure.
responseEntity: HttpEntity Returns the response entity.
status: StatusCode Identical to response.status
trailer: Seq[HttpHeader] Returns the list of trailer headers the route produced with its last chunk. If the response entity is unchunked returns Nil.
[1]If the request URI is relative it will be made absolute using an implicitly available instance of DefaultHostInfo whose value is "" by default. This mirrors the behavior of akka-http-core which always produces absolute URIs for incoming request based on the request URI and the Host-header of the request. You can customize this behavior by bringing a custom instance of DefaultHostInfo into scope.

Sealing Routes

The section above describes how to test a "regular" branch of your route structure, which reacts to incoming requests with HTTP response parts or rejections. Sometimes, however, you will want to verify that your service also translates Rejections to HTTP responses in the way you expect.

You do this by wrapping your route with the akka.http.scaladsl.server.Route.seal. The seal wrapper applies the logic of the in-scope ExceptionHandler and RejectionHandler to all exceptions and rejections coming back from the route, and translates them to the respective HttpResponse.


A great pool of examples are the tests for all the predefined directives in Akka HTTP. They can be found here.