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Run/Debug Configuration: Codeception

This dialog is available only when the PHP and Codeception plugins are enabled. The plugins are activated by default. If the plugins are disabled, enable them on the Plugins page as described in Manage plugins.

Use this dialog to create a configuration to be used for running and debugging unit tests on PHP applications using the Codeception framework.

Before you start

Install and configure the Codeception framework on your computer as described in Codeception.

Test Runner area

In this area, specify the tests to launch and the command line switches to be passed to Codeception.

ItemDescription
Test scope

In this area, specify the location of unit tests or the configuration file where they are listed.

  • Type: select this option to launch the tests of a specific type. From the list, choose the type of test to run: acceptance, functional, or unit. Choose All to launch all the tests regardless of their type that are detected recursively in the folder specified as tests in the current configuration file.

  • Directory: select this option to have all the tests in a directory launched. In the Directory field, specify the directory to search for tests in. Type the path to the directory manually or click Browse the Browse button and select the desired directory in the Choose Test Directory dialog, that opens.

    File: select this option to have all the tests in a specific file launched. In the File field, specify the file with the tests to run.
  • Method: select this option to have a specific test method or function launched.

    1. In the File field, specify the file to search for the test method or scenario in. Type the filename manually or click Browse the Browse button and select the desired file in the tree view, that opens.

    2. In the Method field, specify the desired test function or method to run. Click Browse the Browse button and select the desired function from the list:

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  • Defined in the configuration file: select this option to have Codeception execute the tests from a dedicated .yml configuration file.

    By default, Codeception uses the configuration file appointed in the Test Runner area of the Test Frameworks page.

    • To have the default for all Codeception run configurations file used, clear the Use alternative configuration file checkbox.

    • To launch method/functions from a custom configuration file, select the Use alternative configuration file checkbox and specify the location of the desired YML file in the field next to it.

    • To open the Codeception page and specify another default configuration file to use, click the the Settings button button.

  • Test Runner options: In this field, specify the command line options to be passed to Codeception. For example, adding -vvv –colors as command line option results in debug verbosity of colored output messages. See Codeception Console Commands: Run for details.

Command Line area

In this area, choose a PHP interpreter and customize its behavior by specifying the options and arguments to be passed to the PHP executable file.

ItemDescription
Interpreter The list contains all the currently configured local and remote PHP interpreters. Choose one of the configured PHP interpreters from the list, or click the Browse button and define a new interpreter as described in Configure local PHP interpreters and Configure remote PHP interpreters.
Interpreter options

In this field, specify the options to be passed to the PHP executable file. They override the default behavior of the PHP interpreter or ensure that additional activities are performed.

If necessary, click the Expand button and type the desired options in the Command Line Options dialog. Type each option on a new line. When you close the dialog, they are all displayed in the Command line options field with spaces as separators.

Custom working directory

In this field, specify the folder from which tests will be executed, that is, the parent folder of the tests root as it is specified in the paths section of codeception.yml.

In this field, specify the location of the files that are outside the folder with tests and are referenced in your tests through relative paths.

This setting does not block the test execution because the location of tests is always specified through a full path to the corresponding files and/or directories.

By default, the field is empty, and the working directory is the root of the project.

Environment variables In this field, specify the environment variables be passed to the built-in server. See Environment Variables in Apache for details.

Common

When you edit a run configuration (but not a run configuration template), you can specify the following options:

Item

Description

Name

Specify a name for the run/debug configuration to quickly identify it when editing or running the configuration, for example, from the Run popup Alt+Shift+F10.

Allow parallel run

Select to allow running multiple instances of this run configuration in parallel.

By default, it is disabled, and when you start this configuration while another instance is still running, PhpStorm suggests to stop the running instance and start another one. This is helpful when a run/debug configuration consumes a lot of resources and there is no good reason to run multiple instances.

Store as project file

Save the file with the run configuration settings to share it with other team members. The default location is .idea/runConfigurations. However, if you do not want to share the .idea directory, you can save the configuration to any other directory within the project.

By default, it is disabled, and PhpStorm stores run configuration settings in .idea/workspace.xml.

Toolbar

The tree view of run/debug configurations has a toolbar that helps you manage configurations available in your project as well as adjust default configurations templates.

ItemShortcutDescription
the Add buttonAlt+InsertCreate a run/debug configuration.
the Remove buttonAlt+Delete Delete the selected run/debug configuration. Note that you cannot delete default configurations.
CopyCtrl+D Create a copy of the selected run/debug configuration. Note that you create copies of default configurations.
Save configurationThe button is displayed only when you select a temporary configuration. Click this button to save a temporary configuration as permanent.
Edit Templates View and edit the template (that is, the default run/debug configuration settings). The templates are displayed under the Templates node and used for newly created configurations.
Method up/Method downAlt+Up/Alt+Down

Move the selected run/debug configuration up and down in the list.

The order of configurations in the list defines the order, in which the configurations appear when you choose a run/debug configuration.

Default templates of run/debug configurations are always sorted alphabetically.

Move into new folder / Create new folder

Move into new folder / Create new folder. You can group run/debug configurations by placing them into folders.

To create a folder, select the configurations within a category, click Folder, and specify the folder name. If only a category is in focus, an empty folder is created.

Then, to move a configuration into a folder, between the folders or out of a folder, use drag or Move Up and Move Down buttons.

To remove grouping, select a folder and click Remove Configuration.

Sort configurations Click this button to sort configurations in the alphabetical order.

Before Launch

In this area you can specify tasks that must be performed before starting the selected run/debug configuration. The tasks are performed in the order they appear in the list.

ItemShortcutDescription
the Add buttonAlt+Insert

Click this icon to add one of the following available tasks:

  • Run External tool: select to run an external application. In the dialog that opens, select one or multiple applications you want to run. If it is not defined in PhpStorm yet, add its definition. For more information, see External tools and External Tools.

  • Run Another Configuration: select to execute another run/debug configuration. In the dialog that opens, select the configuration to be run.

  • Launch Web Browser: select this option to have a browser started. In the dialog that opens, select the type of the browser and provide the start URL. Also, specify if you want the browser be launched with JavaScript debugger.

  • Run File Watchers: select this option to have PhpStorm apply all the currently active File Watchers.

  • Run Grunt task: select this option to run a Grunt task.

    In the Grunt task dialog that opens, specify the Gruntfile.js where the required task is defined, select the task to execute, and specify the arguments to pass to the Grunt tool.

    Specify the location of the Node.js interpreter, the parameters to pass to it, and the path to the grunt-cli package.

  • Run Gulp task: select this option to run a Gulp task.

    In the Gulp task dialog that opens, specify the Gulpfile.js where the required task is defined, select the task to execute, and specify the arguments to pass to the Gulp tool.

    Specify the location of the Node.js interpreter, the parameters to pass to it, and the path to the gulp package.

  • Run npm Script: select this option to execute an npm script.

    In the NPM Script dialog that opens, specify the npm run/debug configuration settings.
  • Compile TypeScript: select to run the built-in TypeScript compiler and thus make sure that all the changes you made to your TypeScript code are reflected in the generated JavaScript files. In the TypeScript Compile Settings dialog that opens, select or clear the Check errors checkbox to configure the behaviour of the compiler in case any errors are detected:

    • If the Check errors checkbox is selected, the compiler will show all the errors and the run configuration will not start.

    • If the Check errors checkbox is cleared, the compiler will show all the detected errors but the run configuration still will be launched.

  • Run Phing target: add this task to execute the specified Phing target prior to running or debugging. To appoint a Phing target, click Browse the Browse button and select the desired target in the dialog that opens.

  • Generate CoffeeScript Source Maps: select this option to generate the source maps for your CoffeeScript sources. In the dialog that opens, specify where your CoffeeScript source files are located.

  • Upload files to Remote Host: select this option to have the application files automatically uploaded to the server according to the default server access configuration.

  • Run Remote External tool: adds a remote SSH external tool.

the Remove buttonAlt+Delete Click this icon to remove the selected task from the list.
EditEnterClick this icon to edit the selected task. Make the necessary changes in the dialog that opens.
Method up/Method downAlt+Up/Alt+DownClick these icons to move the selected task one line up or down in the list. The tasks are performed in the order that they appear in the list.
Show this pageSelect this checkbox to show the run/debug configuration settings prior to actually starting the run/debug configuration.
Activate tool window

By default this checkbox is selected and the Run or the Debug tool window opens when you start the run/debug configuration.

Otherwise, if the checkbox is cleared, the tool window is hidden. However, when the configuration is running, you can open the corresponding tool window for it yourself by pressing Alt+4 or Alt+5.

Last modified: 08 May 2020