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The test directory is: tests/

The fixture directory is: tests/Fixture/

To start all tests, run:

composer test

To start all tests with code coverage, run:

composer test:coverage

The code coverage output directory is: build/coverage/

Unit Tests

Testing units in isolation of its dependencies.

Unit tests should test the behavior and not the implementation details of your classes. Make sure that unit tests are running in-memory only, because they have to be very fast.


When testing Slim applications, you may wish to “mock” certain aspects of your application, so they are not actually executed during a test. For example, when testing a service that needs a repository, you may wish to mock the repository so that it’s not actually executed queries during the test.

The AppTestTrait provides methods for mocking objects into the container.

Mocking methods:


For better IDE support you may better use the mockMethod helper:

$this->mockMethod([UserReaderRepository::class, 'getUserById'])
    ->willReturn(['example' => 'data']);

Mocking Date and Time

use Cake\Chronos\Chronos;

Chronos::setTestNow('2021-02-01 00:00:00');

HTTP Tests

The AppTestTrait provides methods for making HTTP requests to your Slim application and examining the output.

Creating a request

Creating a GET request:

$request = $this->createRequest('GET', '/users');

Creating a POST request:

$request = $this->createRequest('POST', '/users');

Creating a JSON application/json request with payload:

$request = $this->createJsonRequest('POST', '/users', ['name' => 'Sally']);

Creating a form application/x-www-form-urlencoded request with payload:

$request = $this->createFormRequest('POST', '/users', ['name' => 'Sally']);

Creating a query string

The http_build_query can generate URL-encoded query strings. Example:

$params = [
    'limit' => 10,

$url = sprintf('/users?%s', http_build_query($params));
// $url is now: /users?limit=10

$request = $this->createRequest('GET', $url);

Add BasicAuth to the request

$request = $this->withHttpBasicAuth($request);

Invoking a request

The Slim App handle() method traverses the application middleware stack + actions handler and returns the Response object.

$response = $this->app->handle($request);

Asserting the HTTP status code:

$this->assertSame(200, $response->getStatusCode());

Asserting a JSON response:


Asserting JSON response data:

    'user_id' => 1,
    'username' => 'admin',
    'first_name' => 'John',
    'last_name' => 'Doe',
    'email' => '',
], $response);

You can find more examples in: tests/TestCase/Action/

Database Testing

The DatabaseTestTrait provides methods for all these stages of a database test:

  • Import the database schema (table structure)
  • Insert the fixtures (rows) required for the test.
  • Execute the test
  • Verify the state of the tables
  • Cleanup the tables for each new test

Test fixtures

Insert multiple fixtures at once:

use App\Test\Fixture\CustomerFixture;


Insert manual fixtures:

$this->insertFixture('tablename', $row);

Database asserts

Assert a number of rows in a given table:

$this->assertTableRowCount(1, 'users');

Assert the given row exists:

$this->assertTableRowExists('users', 1);

Assert that the given row does not exist:

$this->assertTableRowNotExists('users', 1);

Assert row values:

$this->assertTableRow($expected, 'users', 1);

Assert a specific set of row values:

$this->assertTableRow($expected, 'users', 1, ['email', 'url']);
$this->assertTableRow($expected, 'users', 1, array_keys($expected));

Assert a specific value in a given table, row and field:

$this->assertTableRowValue('1', 'users', 1, 'id');

Read single value from table by id:

$password = $this->getTableRowById('users', 1)['password'];

Performance Testing

Debugging Tests

To debug tests in PhpStorm, you have to mark the tests/ directory as test sources root.

  • Open the project in PhpStorm
  • Right click the directory tests
  • Select: Mark directory as
  • Click Test Sources Root
  • Set a breakpoint within a test method
  • Right click test
  • Click Debug (tests) PHPUnit

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