How can i make use of mockito to resolve a null pointer exception in my test junit method which are concerned with license of a plugin?

I mock ThirdPartyPluginLicenseStorageManager and PluginLicense.class using mockito in a junit test.

But while calling the internal methods of them it throws null pointer exception.

How can i overcome them as i dont see a way of setting the values in the mock confluence license objects


Few lines in my macro stub

private ThirdPartyPluginLicenseStorageManager licenseManager;

public void setUp() throws Exception {
   exampleMacro = new Macro(licenseManager);
   PluginLicense pluginLicense = Mockito.mock(PluginLicense.class);

public void test() throws Exception {

   when(pluginLicense.getError().isDefined()).thenReturn(Boolean.FALSE); // Null pointer Exception
   when(licenseManager.getLicense().isDefined()).thenReturn(Boolean.TRUE); // Null pointer Exception




Few lines in my macro code which are throwing null pointer exception

private final ThirdPartyPluginLicenseStorageManager licenseManager;

public Macro(ThirdPartyPluginLicenseStorageManager licenseManager){
        this.licenseManager = licenseManager;

PluginLicense pluginLicense = licenseManager.getLicense().get();
if(licenseManager.getLicense().isDefined()) {
	if(pluginLicense.getError().isDefined()) {



2 answers

In the mock code you showed, in the setup method you mock a pluginLicense object. In test method you use another object.

Move this

PluginLicense pluginLicense = Mockito.mock(PluginLicense.class);

in the global declaration just below your licenseManager and delete any other pluginLicense that you have declared somewhere else.

Did that @Mock private PluginLicense pluginLicense; Same null pointer exception error.

PluginLicense pluginLicense = licenseManager.getLicense().get(); is this mocked?

i am new to mockito Can you just give me an example of how to mock this statement as there is no setter method like licenseManager.setLicense() to it. How to mock this?

Generally the idea is like... when(mockedObject.method()).thenReturn(something) right? In your occassion, licenseManager.getLicense() returns an Option<PluginLicense> so the mock should be:


This is untested though smile


In mockito you dont do setters. Lets say you have an interface method that with parameter string X returns object T and another method that with object T, returns string X.

the you would

Mockito.when(myInterface.myMethod(anyString())).thenReturn(T); //Notice the anyString() in this case i dont care what the param is.

the second case would be


To mock correctly i suggest you a) read documentation ofc and b) have the documentation of the method signatures on hand.

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