Mocking HtmlHelper in ASP.NET MVC RC1 using Moq

For those of you trying to mock HtmlHelper, but finding it difficult, here’s a mock that works in ASP.NET MVC RC1.

The ViewDataDictionary that is passed to the HtmlHelper can be empty, or made to contain the data you want for your test.


public static HtmlHelper CreateHtmlHelper(ViewDataDictionary vd)
{
  var mockViewContext = new Mock<ViewContext>(
    new ControllerContext(
      new Mock<HttpContextBase>().Object,
      new RouteData(),
      new Mock<ControllerBase>().Object),
    new Mock<IView>().Object,
    vd,
    new TempDataDictionary());</p>

<p>var mockViewDataContainer = new Mock<IViewDataContainer>();
  mockViewDataContainer.Setup(v => v.ViewData)
    .Returns(vd);</p>

<p>return new HtmlHelper(mockViewContext.Object, 
    mockViewDataContainer.Object);
}