PhpStorm comes with support for the Pest testing framework. You can run, run with code coverage, or debug Pest tests from the file editor or using PhpStorm's run/debug configurations.
The IDE understands the Pest expectation API, so you can use code completion, find usages, and other coding assistance features when working with Pest assertions and the user-defined test methods.
Install and initialize Pest
To install Pest from within PhpStorm:
Inside composer.json, add the
pestphp/pestdependency record to the
require-devkey. To get code completion for the package name and version, press Ctrl+Space.
Do one of the following:
Click the Install shortcut link on top of the editor panel.
If the Non-installed Composer packages inspection is enabled, PhpStorm will highlight the declared dependencies that are not currently installed. Press Alt+Enter and select whether you want to install a specific dependency or all dependencies at once.
In the Terminal tool window, execute the
./vendor/bin/pest --initcommand to initialize Pest in your current PHP project and add the tests folder with example test files and the phpunit.xml configuration file at the root level of your test suite.
Clicking next to the package record in the composer.json editor gutter will take you to the corresponding Settings page where you can configure Pest manually.
Integrate Pest with a PhpStorm project
Have PhpStorm configure Pest automatically
When you install Pest in your project, PhpStorm detects the installed Pest executable and creates a test framework configuration on the Test Frameworks page.
If the phpunit.xml or phpunit.xml.dist configuration file is detected under the project (or subproject) root automatically or specified explicitly during manual configuration, PhpStorm also creates a respective Pest run/debug configuration.
Configure Pest manually
In the Settings dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S) , go to .
On the Test Frameworks page that opens, click in the central pane and choose the configuration type from the list:
In local configurations, the default project PHP interpreter is used. For more information, refer to Default project CLI interpreters.
To use Pest with a remote PHP interpreter, choose one of the configurations in the dialog that opens:
In the Test Runner area, appoint the configuration XML file to use for launching and executing scenarios.
By default, Pest looks for a phpunit.xml or phpunit.xml.dist configuration file in the project root folder. You can appoint a custom configuration file.
Run and debug Pest tests
You can run and debug single tests as well as tests from entire files and folders. PhpStorm creates a run/debug configuration with the default settings and launches the tests. You can later save this configuration for reuse.
Run or debug Pest tests
In the Project tool window, select the file or folder to run your tests from and choose Run '<file or folder>' or Debug '<file or folder>' from the context menu of the selection:
PhpStorm generates a default run configuration and starts a run or debug test session with it.
Run or debug a single test
You can run or debug a single test for a specific test class or test method from the file editor window.
Open the test file in the editor, click in the gutter next to the test and choose Run '<test_name>' or Debug '<test_name>' from the context menu. Alternatively, place the caret at the corresponding line and press Ctrl+Shift+F10.
To quickly navigate to a specific test in the test file, use the file structure view. Place the caret anywhere in the open file and press Ctrl+F12 to open the File Structure popup.
Pressing Alt+7 opens the file structure in the Structure tool window.
Save autogenerated configuration as permanent
After a test session is over, choose Save Configuration from the context menu of the respective run/debug configuration in the run widget.
Run or debug tests through a previously saved run/debug configuration
Choose the required Pest configuration from the list on the toolbar and click or .
Create a custom run/debug configuration
In the Project tool window, select the file or folder with the tests to run and choose Create run configuration from the context menu. Alternatively, go to in the main menu, then click and choose Pest from the list.
In the Pest dialog that opens, specify the scenarios to run, choose the PHP interpreter to use, and customize its behavior by specifying the options and arguments to be passed to the PHP executable.
Monitor test results
The tab is divided into 2 main areas:
The left-hand area lets you drill down through all unit tests to see the succeeded and failed ones. You can filter tests, export results, and use the context menu commands to run specific tests or navigate to the source code.
The right-hand area displays the raw Pest output.
Run Pest tests automatically
You can have PhpStorm re-run tests automatically when the affected code is changed. This option is configured per run/debug configuration and can be applied to a test, a test file, a folder, or a composite selection of tests, depending on the test scope specified in this run/debug configuration.
Run the tests.
On the Run toolbar, click Rerun Automatically.
Optionally, set a time delay for launching the tests upon the changes in the code. To do so, on the Run toolbar, click and select Test Runner Settings | Set AutoTest Delay.