Record and Playback (Legacy)

WireMock has the ability to create stub mappings by recording them while you send requests. This can be used to quickly capture a collection of responses from a real service then use them offline in your tests.


Recording is done by starting the standalone runner like this:

$ java -jar wiremock-standalone-2.31.0.jar --proxy-all="" --record-mappings --verbose

Once it’s started you send requests to it as if it was the remote service:

$ curl "http://localhost:8080/search.json?q=from:sirbonar&result_type=recent&rpp=1"

Now if you look under mappings and __files (under the current directory you’re running WireMock in) you’ll see that a new file has been one created under each, the former for the stub mapping and the latter for the body content.

Capturing request headers

Optionally, you can record request headers so that your stub mappings will match on those in addition to URL, method and body (if a POST or PUT). This is done by adding an extra parameter to the command line e.g. --match-headers="Accept,Content-Type"


The recorder will ignore any request matching one it has already captured.


If you start the standalone runner again without the extra commandline options it will automatically load the newly created stub mappings and start serving them.

Alternatively you can copy the files created under src/test/resources/mappings and src/test/resources/__files in your Java project, or the equivalents under WEB-INF/wiremock in your WAR project.