Unit testing

Testing plugins

Plugin unit tests can be performed by running phpunit in the base plugin directory.

Creating plugin tests

Plugins can be tested by creating a file called phpunit.xml in the base directory with the following content, for example, in a file /plugins/acme/blog/phpunit.xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<phpunit backupGlobals="false"
        <testsuite name="Plugin Unit Test Suite">
        <env name="APP_ENV" value="testing"/>
        <env name="CACHE_DRIVER" value="array"/>
        <env name="SESSION_DRIVER" value="array"/>

Then a tests/ directory can be created to contain the test classes. The file structure should mimic the base directory with classes having a Test suffix. Using a namespace for the class is also recommended.

<?php namespace Acme\Blog\Tests\Models;

use Acme\Blog\Models\Post;
use PluginTestCase;

class PostTest extends PluginTestCase
    public function testCreateFirstPost()
        $post = Post::create(['title' => 'Hi!']);
        $this->assertEquals(1, $post->id);

The test class should extend the base class PluginTestCase and this is a special class that will set up the October database stored in memory, as part of the setUp method. It will also refresh the plugin being tested, along with any of the defined dependencies in the plugin registration file. This is the equivalent of running the following before each test:

php artisan october:up
php artisan plugin:refresh Acme.Blog
[php artisan plugin:refresh <dependency>, ...]

Note: If your plugin uses configuration files, then you will need to run System\Classes\PluginManager::instance()->registerAll(true); in the setUp method of your tests. Below is an example of a base test case class that should be used if you need to test your plugin working with other plugins instead of in isolation.

use System\Classes\PluginManager;

class BaseTestCase extends PluginTestCase
    public function setUp()

        // Get the plugin manager
        $pluginManager = PluginManager::instance();

        // Register the plugins to make features like file configuration available

        // Boot all the plugins to test with dependencies of this plugin

    public function tearDown()

        // Get the plugin manager
        $pluginManager = PluginManager::instance();

        // Ensure that plugins are registered again for the next test

System testing

To perform unit testing on the core October files, you should download a development copy using composer or cloning the git repo. This will ensure you have the tests/ directory.

Unit tests

Unit tests can be performed by running phpunit in the root directory or inside /tests/unit.

Functional tests

Functional tests can be performed by running phpunit in the /tests/functional directory. Ensure the following configuration is met:

  • Active theme is demo
  • Language preference is en

Selenium set up

  1. Download latest Java SE from http://java.sun.com/ and install
  2. Download a distribution archive of Selenium Server.
  3. Unzip the distribution archive and copy selenium-server-standalone-2.42.2.jar (check the version suffix) to /usr/local/bin, for instance.
  4. Start the Selenium Server server by running java -jar /usr/local/bin/selenium-server-standalone-2.42.2.jar.

Selenium configuration

Create a new file selenium.php in the root directory, add the following content:


// Selenium server details
define('TEST_SELENIUM_HOST', '');
define('TEST_SELENIUM_PORT', 4444);
define('TEST_SELENIUM_BROWSER', '*firefox');

// Back-end URL
define('TEST_SELENIUM_URL', 'http://localhost/backend/');

// Active Theme
define('TEST_SELENIUM_THEME', 'demo');

// Back-end credentials
define('TEST_SELENIUM_USER', 'admin');
define('TEST_SELENIUM_PASS', 'admin');