Testing Validators

FluentValidation comes with two extension methods ShouldHaveValidationErrorFor and ShouldNotHaveValidationErrorFor that can make it easier to write unit tests for validators. For example, imagine the following validator is defined:

public class PersonValidator : AbstractValidator<Person> {
   public PersonValidator() {
      RuleFor(person => person.Name).NotNull();

You could ensure that this validator works correctly by writing the following tests (using NUnit):

using NUnit.Framework;
using FluentValidation;
using FluentValidation.TestHelper;

public class PersonValidatorTester {
    private PersonValidator validator;

    public void Setup() {
       validator = new PersonValidator();

    public void Should_have_error_when_Name_is_null() {
         validator.ShouldHaveValidationErrorFor(person => person.Name, null as string); 
    public void Should_not_have_error_when_name_is_specified() {
        validator.ShouldNotHaveValidationErrorFor(person => person.Name, "Jeremy");

If the assertion fails, then a ValidationTestException will be thrown.

Note that if you have a complex validator that relies on multiple properties being set, you can pass in a pre-populated instance rather than just the property value:

    public void Should_not_have_error_when_name_is_specified() {
        var person = new Person { Name = "Jeremy" };
        validator.ShouldNotHaveValidationErrorFor(x => x.Name, person);

You can also assert that a complex property has a particular child validator applied to it by using ShouldHaveChildValidator

validator.ShouldHaveChildValidator(x => x.Address, typeof(AddressValidator));

Last edited Jul 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM by JeremyS, version 4


felickz Jun 4, 2013 at 8:26 PM 
does this work with RuleSets ?