Call private method with PowerMock

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Post summary: How to invoke a private method with PowerMock.

This post is part of PowerMock series examples. The code shown in examples below is available in GitHub java-samples/junit repository.

Unit test private method

Mainly public methods are being tested, so it is a very rare case where you want to unit test a private method. PowerMock provides utilities that can invoke private methods via a reflection and get output which can be tested.

Code to be tested

Below is a sample code that shows a class with a private method in it. It does nothing else but increases the X and Y coordinates of given as argument Point.

public class PowerMockDemo {

	private Point privateMethod(Point point) {
		return new Point(point.getX() + 1, point.getY() + 1);

Unit test

Assume that this private method has to be unit tested for some reason. In order to do so, you have to use PowerMock’s Whitebox.invokeMethod(). You give an instance of the object, method name as a String and arguments to call the method with. In the example below argument is new Point(11, 11).

import org.junit.Before;
import org.junit.Test;
import org.powermock.reflect.Whitebox;

import static;
import static org.hamcrest.MatcherAssert.assertThat;

public class PowerMockDemoTest {

	private PowerMockDemo powerMockDemo;

	public void setUp() {
		powerMockDemo = new PowerMockDemo();

	public void testCallPrivateMethod() throws Exception {
		Point actual = Whitebox.invokeMethod(powerMockDemo, 
			"privateMethod", new Point(11, 11));

		assertThat(actual.getX(), is(12));
		assertThat(actual.getY(), is(12));


PowerMock provides utilities which uses reflection to do certain things, as shown in the example above to invoke a private method.

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