Making a mocked method return an argument that was passed to it

Since Mockito 1.9.5+ and Java 8+

You can use a lambda expression, like:

when(myMock.myFunction(anyString())).thenAnswer(i -> i.getArguments()[0]);

Where i is an instance of InvocationOnMock.

For older versions

You can create an Answer in Mockito. Let’s assume, we have an interface named MyInterface with a method myFunction.

public interface MyInterface {
    public String myFunction(String abc);

Here is the test method with a Mockito answer:

public void testMyFunction() throws Exception {
    MyInterface mock = mock(MyInterface.class);
    when(mock.myFunction(anyString())).thenAnswer(new Answer<String>() {
    public String answer(InvocationOnMock invocation) throws Throwable {
        Object[] args = invocation.getArguments();
        return (String) args[0];


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