Injector wrapper for modules. Mock specific require dependencies with ease.

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This loader is no longer supported. This library's method DOES NOT WORK for ES6 imports!!
See c-dante/mockpack. That library works by taking advantage of Webpack's module loader at runtime to re-instantiate modules with runtime injected imports/requires. I also support ES6 with mockpack, and intend to support Webpack 2.0 if possible.
I really didn't like existing dependency injecting loaders and mocking when using AMD/CommonJS in a webpack environment.
Using webpack as a bundler with resolve loaders/plugins is great. Unit testing in that environment is less-great. So I wanted to make it as transparent as possible.
Bundle your codebase with dependencies. Override modules to test as needed. Do this on the module level. The flatter the inheritance/dependency tree the better.
Really targeted toward webpack. Have the proxy-loader module installed, set up moduleLoaders if needed.
// Get the factory-wrapped module
var MyModuleFactory = require('proxy!./my/module');

// Create instances of your module with overridden require statements
var myModuleMocked = MyModuleFactory({
  '../services/some/dep': mockDependency,
  '../services/some/other/dep': {
    otherDepFunction: function(){ return true; }

// now myModuleMocked has overridden dependencies for '../services/some/dep' and '../services/some/other/dep'

See the example Run the example with:
$> npm install
$> gulp compile
$> node ./bin/main.bundle.js

You can see the webpack.config.js for how easy it is to set up this app.
And let's not forget, gulp for making this happen.

Existing proxy/mock/etc modules:

Isn't this exactly like inject-loader?

Yes. Except webpack makes a new dependency and module for each loader string. That means each of the following are completely new dependencies:
var mockA = require('inject!./myModule');
var mockB = require('inject?lib/something!./myModule');
var mockC = require('inject?-lib/something!./myModule');

I also did not like having to specify what I'll be mocking at require time. For unit tests, I prefer:
var ProxyFactory = require('proxy!./module/under/test');

it('Should test some things', function()
  var mock = ProxyFactory({
  // override only some things
  // use mock

it('Should test some different things', function()
  var mock = ProxyFactory({
  // override different things
  // use mock


  1. Use webpack to compile the application together.
  2. For unit testing, wrap modules to mock in proxy-loader. This is similar to inject-loader without being as explicit.
  3. Use the returned proxy module factory to mock any dependencies and return the new module. The benefits of creating a new module for each set of dependency mocks is invaluable for unit testing.
4, Look back on your life an think about how things are better when you can unit test with chai, chai-as-promised, and of course mocha. (honroable mention: sinon.js)