Relays

AutoFixture is focused on creating instances of concrete types. For this reason it doesn't have any support for non-concrete types like interfaces and abstract classes.

By default, AutoFixture is only able to work with concrete types. In some cases, interfaces and abstract classes have an implementation or a subtype that can be used as default. To handle cases like this, AutoFixture offers the class TypeRelay.

A TypeRelay is a customization that can be used to instruct the Fixture to relay requests of a certain type to another one.

public abstract class Animal { }
public class Dog : Animal { }
[Test]
public void Fixture_should_return_relayed_type()
{
// ARRANGE
var fixture = new Fixture();
fixture.Customizations.Add(new TypeRelay(typeof(Animal), typeof(Dog)));
// ACT
var animal = fixture.Create<Animal>();
// ASSERT
Assert.That(animal, Is.InstanceOf<Dog>());
}

AutoFixture uses relays to support well-known interfaces like IList<T>. The collection interfaces are forwarded to their most common implementation.