One of the goals of PHPUnit is that tests should be composable: we want to be able to run any number or combination of tests together, for instance all tests for the whole project, or the tests for all classes of a component that is part of the project, or just the tests for a single class.
PHPUnit supports different ways of organizing tests and composing them into a test suite. This chapter shows the most commonly used approaches.
Probably the easiest way to compose a test suite is to keep all test case source files in a test directory. PHPUnit can automatically discover and run the tests by recursively traversing the test directory.
Lets take a look at the test suite of the
library. Looking at this project's directory structure, we see that the
test case classes in the
tests directory mirror the
package and class structure of the System Under Test (SUT) in the
src tests `-- Currency.php `-- CurrencyTest.php `-- IntlFormatter.php `-- IntlFormatterTest.php `-- Money.php `-- MoneyTest.php `-- autoload.php
To run all tests for the library we just need to point the PHPUnit command-line test runner to the test directory:
phpunit testsPHPUnit 4.1.0 by Sebastian Bergmann. ................................. Time: 636 ms, Memory: 3.50Mb OK (33 tests, 52 assertions)
If you point the PHPUnit command-line test runner to a directory it will
To run only the tests that are declared in the
test case class in
tests/CurrencyTest.php we can use
the following command:
phpunit tests/CurrencyTestPHPUnit 4.1.0 by Sebastian Bergmann. ........ Time: 280 ms, Memory: 2.75Mb OK (8 tests, 8 assertions)
For more fine-grained control of which tests to run we can use the
phpunit --filter testObjectCanBeConstructedForValidConstructorArgument testsPHPUnit 4.1.0 by Sebastian Bergmann. .. Time: 167 ms, Memory: 3.00Mb OK (2 test, 2 assertions)
A drawback of this approach is that we have no control over the order in which the test are run. This can lead to problems with regard to test dependencies, see the section called “Test Dependencies”. In the next section you will see how you can make the test execution order explicit by using the XML configuration file.
PHPUnit's XML configuration file (Appendix C)
can also be used to compose a test suite.
shows a minimal example that will add all
that are found in
*Test.php files when the
tests is recursively traversed.
Example 5.1: Composing a Test Suite Using XML Configuration
<phpunit> <testsuites> <testsuite name="money"> <directory>tests</directory> </testsuite> </testsuites> </phpunit>
The order in which tests are executed can be made explicit:
Example 5.2: Composing a Test Suite Using XML Configuration
<phpunit> <testsuites> <testsuite name="money"> <file>tests/IntlFormatterTest.php</file> <file>tests/MoneyTest.php</file> <file>tests/CurrencyTest.php</file> </testsuite> </testsuites> </phpunit>