Can we create a mocked instance of java.lang.Class with PowerMock?

I need to write a test that mocks a instance of the java.lang.Class class. Is this possible via PowerMock?

I tried to do following:


And the result is:

java.lang.IllegalAccessError: java.lang.Class
    at sun.reflect.GeneratedSerializationConstructorAccessor12.newInstance(Unknown Source)
    at java.lang.reflect.Constructor.newInstance(
    at org.objenesis.instantiator.sun.SunReflectionFactoryInstantiator.newInstance(
    at org.powermock.reflect.internal.WhiteboxImpl.newInstance(
    at org.powermock.reflect.Whitebox.newInstance(
    at org.powermock.api.easymock.PowerMock.doMock(
    at org.powermock.api.easymock.PowerMock.createMock(

According to the documentation of PowerMock this should be possible but still I get this error.

Did someone manage to do this?

Edit: Why do I need this? In the tested coding there is following statement:

if (someObject.getClass().getName().equals(SOME_CLASS_NAME_THAT_I_DONT_HAVE_ACCESS_TO)) { ... do some stuff ... }

I need my test to reach the coding inside the “if” and I CANNOT provide even a mocked instance of the class that has the corresponding name.

As a workaround I can just create a class with the same name and package in the tests but it is ugly.


I tried also the suggestions from this link

import org.junit.runner.RunWith;
import org.powermock.api.easymock.PowerMock;
import org.powermock.core.classloader.annotations.PrepareForTest;
import org.powermock.modules.junit4.PowerMockRunner;
import org.junit.Test;

public class Test1 {

    public void test() {


And the result is the same: “java.lang.IllegalAccessError: java.lang.Class”

So as a final result – it seems that there is no way to create a mocked instance of java.lang.Class

Thank you


According to this statement,

at java.lang.reflect.Constructor.newInstance(

PowerMock (using Objenesis library) tries to instantiate java.lang.Class, which could be instantiated only by JVM. From docs:

Class has no public constructor. Instead Class objects are constructed automatically by the Java Virtual Machine as classes are loaded and by calls to the defineClass method in the class loader.

Shortly, I’m almost sure that it’s not possible to make instance of java.lang.Class manually. Please correct me if I wrong.

By the way,

Unfortunately I need to change the return value of the getClass().getName()

Isn’t mocking of getClass() method an option for you?

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