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Mock REST and GraphQL APIs with Mock Service Worker

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Mock Service Worker

Mock Service Worker (MSW) is a seamless REST/GraphQL API mocking library for browser and Node.js.

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  • Seamless. A dedicated layer of requests interception at your disposal. Keep your application's code and tests unaware of whether something is mocked or not.
  • Deviation-free. Request the same production resources and test the actual behavior of your app. Augment an existing API, or design it as you go when there is none.
  • Familiar & Powerful. Use Express-like routing syntax to intercept requests. Use parameters, wildcards, and regular expressions to match requests, and respond with necessary status codes, headers, cookies, delays, or completely custom resolvers.

"I found MSW and was thrilled that not only could I still see the mocked responses in my DevTools, but that the mocks didn't have to be written in a Service Worker and could instead live alongside the rest of my app. This made it silly easy to adopt. The fact that I can use it for testing as well makes MSW a huge productivity booster."

Kent C. Dodds


This README will give you a brief overview on the library but there's no better place to start with Mock Service Worker than its official documentation.



How does it work?

In-browser usage is what sets Mock Service Worker apart from other tools. Utilizing the Service Worker API, which can intercept requests for the purpose of caching, Mock Service Worker responds to intercepted requests with your mock definition on the network level. This way your application knows nothing about the mocking.

Take a look at this quick presentation on how Mock Service Worker functions in a browser:

What is Mock Service Worker?

How is it different?

  • This library intercepts requests on the network level, which means after they have been performed and "left" your application. As a result, the entirety of your code runs, giving you more confidence when mocking;
  • Imagine your application as a box. Every API mocking library out there opens your box and removes the part that does the request, placing a blackbox in its stead. Mock Service Worker leaves your box intact, 1-1 as it is in production. Instead, MSW lives in a separate box next to yours;
  • No more stubbing of fetch, axios, react-query, you-name-it;
  • You can reuse the same mock definition for the unit, integration, and E2E testing. Did we mention local development and debugging? Yep. All running against the same network description without the need for adapters of bloated configurations.

Usage example

// src/mocks.js
// 1. Import the library.
import { http, HttpResponse } from 'msw'
import { setupWorker } from 'msw/browser'

// 2. Describe network behavior with request handlers.
const worker = setupWorker(
  http.get('', ({ request, params, cookies }) => {
    return HttpResponse.json(
        message: 'Mocked response',
        status: 202,
        statusText: 'Mocked status',

// 3. Start request interception by starting the Service Worker.
await worker.start()

Performing a GET request in your application will result into a mocked response that you can inspect in your browser's "Network" tab:

Chrome DevTools Network screenshot with the request mocked

Tip: Did you know that although Service Worker runs in a separate thread, your mock definition executes entirely on the client? This way you can use the same languages, like TypeScript, third-party libraries, and internal logic to create the mocks you need.


How does it work?

There's no such thing as Service Workers in Node.js. Instead, MSW implements a low-level interception algorithm that can utilize the very same request handlers you have for the browser. This blends the boundary between environments, allowing you to focus on your network behaviors.

How is it different?

  • Does not stub fetch, axios, etc. As a result, your tests know nothing about mocking;
  • You can reuse the same request handlers for local development and debugging, as well as for testing. Truly a single source of truth for your network behavior across all environments and all tools.

Usage example

Take a look at the example of an integration test in Vitest that uses React Testing Library and Mock Service Worker:

// test/Dashboard.test.js

import React from 'react'
import { http, HttpResponse } from 'msw'
import { setupServer } from 'msw/node'
import { render, screen, waitFor } from '@testing-library/react'
import Dashboard from '../src/components/Dashboard'

const server = setupServer(
  // Describe network behavior with request handlers.
  // Tip: move the handlers into their own module and
  // import it across your browser and Node.js setups!
  http.get('/posts', ({ request, params, cookies }) => {
    return HttpResponse.json([
        id: 'f8dd058f-9006-4174-8d49-e3086bc39c21',
        title: `Avoid Nesting When You're Testing`,
        id: '8ac96078-6434-4959-80ed-cc834e7fef61',
        title: `How I Built A Modern Website In 2021`,

// Enable request interception.
beforeAll(() => server.listen())

// Reset handlers so that each test could alter them
// without affecting other, unrelated tests.
afterEach(() => server.resetHandlers())

// Don't forget to clean up afterwards.
afterAll(() => server.close())

it('displays the list of recent posts', async () => {
  render(<Dashboard />)

  // 🕗 Wait for the posts request to be finished.
  await waitFor(() => {
      screen.getByLabelText('Fetching latest posts...'),

  // ✅ Assert that the correct posts have loaded.
    screen.getByRole('link', { name: /Avoid Nesting When You're Testing/ }),

    screen.getByRole('link', { name: /How I Built A Modern Website In 2021/ }),

Don't get overwhelmed! We've prepared a step-by-step Getting started tutorial that you can follow to learn how to integrate Mock Service Worker into your project.

Despite the API being called setupServer, there are no actual servers involved! The name was chosen for familiarity, and the API was designed to resemble operating with an actual server.


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