Note: This gem has been mostly superseeded by the pact-provider-verifier. The main difference between the two is that the pact-provider-proxy allowes you to set up your provider states using the Ruby DSL, and the pact-provider-verifier allows you to set up your provider states using a HTTP request to a URL that you specify.


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Allows pact verification against a running provider at a configurable base URL (normal pact verification is run against a code base using Rack::Test::Methods - no process is actually spawned).

This allows testing against providers where you have access to a running instance of a provider, but you do not have access to its code base, or where the provider is not a ruby application.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'pact-provider-proxy'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install pact-provider-proxy


Usually, you would configure and run pact:verify in the provider code base. If you are using pact-provider-proxy to run your pact verify task, it is probably because you don't have access to the code base of the provider project, or it is not a ruby project, so it may make sense to include this task in your consumer project.

Specifying a pact_helper is optional, and is only required if you are using provider states or you need to configure Pact. Note that the pact_helper for the ProxyVerificationTask will not be automatically loaded like it is for the regular pact:verify - you must specify the path yourself if you need one (see the example below). The configuration options for the provider code will be different from the consumer code, so you cannot reuse the pact_helper from your consumer tests.

require 'pact/provider/proxy/tasks' :monolith do | task |
 task.pact_url './spec/pacts/my-consumer_my-monolith.json', :pact_helper => './spec/support/monolith_pact_helper'
 task.provider_base_url 'http://my-monolith:8080' #scheme, host and optional port
 task.provider_app_version '1.2.3'
 task.publish_verification_results true

Then run:

$ rake pact:verify:monolith

If you have access to your provider code base, and are able to spawn an instance locally, you could add some rake tasks to start and stop your server. (Please note, I have not actually run this code, I just think it should work...) :running_local_monolith do | task |
 task.pact_url './spec/pacts/my-consumer_my-local-monolith.json'
 task.provider_base_url 'http://localhost:8080'

task :start_provider do
  system "./provider_start -p 8080"

task :stop_provider do
  system "./provider_stop"

task 'pact:verify:local_monolith' do

If you need to modify your request before replaying it (eg. to set a valid token), then follow the example in spec/support/middleware_pact_helper.rb.

If a ruby adapter to the underlying datastore cannot be used to set up provider states, shell scripts that invoke code in the native language might work. If you have access to the code base, another alternative could be to provide an endpoint on your app that sets up data inside itself, that is only mounted in test mode. eg 'http://localhost:8080/set-up-provider-state?name=a%20thing%20exists' and 'http://localhost:8080/tear-down-provider-state?name=a%20thing%20exists'


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request