Mink extension (tight integration and configuration) for Behat 2.4
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Provides integrartion layer:

  • Additional services for Behat (Mink, Sessions, Drivers).
  • Behat\MinkExtension\Context\MinkAwareInterface which provides Mink instance for your contexts or subcontexts.
  • Base Behat\MinkExtension\Context\MinkContext context which provides base step definitions and hooks for your contexts or subcontexts. Or it could be even used as subcontext on its own.

between Behat 2.4+ and Mink 1.4+.


This extension requires:

  • Behat 2.4+
  • Mink 1.4+

Through PHAR

You could download phars from:

After downloading and placing them into project directory, you need to download and activate MinkExtension:

  1. Download extension

  2. Put downloaded phar package into folder with Behat and Mink

  3. Tell Behat about extensions with behat.yml configuration:

    # behat.yml
      # ...
          mink_loader: 'mink-VERSION.phar'
          base_url:    'http://example.com'
          goutte:      ~
          selenium2:   ~

    For all configuration options, check extension configuration class.

Through Composer

  1. Set dependencies in your composer.json:

        "require": {
            "behat/mink-extension": "*"
  2. Install/update your vendors:

    $> curl http://getcomposer.org/installer | php
    $> php composer.phar install
  3. Activate extension in your behat.yml:

    # behat.yml
      # ...
          base_url:  'http://example.com'
          goutte:    ~
          selenium2: ~


After installing extension, there would be 5 usage options available for you:

  1. Writing features with bundled steps only. In this case, you don't need to create boostrap/ folder or custom FeatureContext class - Behat will use default MinkContext by default.
  2. Subcontexting/extending Behat\MinkExtension\Context\RawMinkContext in your feature suite. This will give you ability to use preconfigured Mink instance altogether with some convenience methods:
    • getSession($name = null)
    • assertSession($name = null) RawMinkContext doesn't provide any hooks or definitions, so you can inherit from it in as many subcontexts as you want - you'll never get RedundantStepException.
  3. Subcontexting/extending Behat\MinkExtension\Context\MinkContext in your feature suite. Exactly like previous option, but also provides lot of predefined step definitions out of the box. As this context provides step definitions and hooks, you can use it only once inside your feature context tree.
  4. If you're on the php 5.4+, you can simply use Behat\MinkExtension\Context\MinkDictionary trait inside your FeatureContext or any of its subcontexts. This trait will provide all the needed methods, hooks and definitions for you to start. You can use this trait only once inside your feature context tree.
  5. Implementing Behat\MinkExtension\Context\MinkAwareInterface with your context or its subcontexts. This will give you more customization options. Also, you can use this mechanism on multiple contexts avoiding the need to call parent contexts from subcontexts when only thing you need is mink instance.

There's common things between last 4 methods. In each of those, target context will implement setMink(Mink $mink) and setMinkParameters(array $parameters) methods. Those methods would be automatically called immediately after each context creation before each scenario. And this $mink instance will be preconfigured based on the settings you've provided in your behat.yml.

Context examples

Concrete FeatureContext example:


use Behat\MinkExtension\Context\MinkContext;

class FeatureContext extends MinkContext
     * @Then /^I wait for the suggestion box to appear$/
    public function iWaitForTheSuggestionBoxToAppear()
        $this->getSession()->wait(5000, "$('.suggestions-results').children().length > 0");

Dictionary usage example:


use Behat\Behat\Context\BehatContext;
use Behat\MinkExtension\Context\MinkDictionary;

class FeatureContext extends BehatContext
    use MinkDictionary;

     * @Then /^I wait for the suggestion box to appear$/
    public function iWaitForTheSuggestionBoxToAppear()
        $this->getSession()->wait(5000, "$('.suggestions-results').children().length > 0");

Translated languages

For now exist 10 translated languages: cs,de,es,fr,ja,nl,pl,pt,ru,sv.

Note: The ja,nl,pt and sv are outdated.

How to add a new translated language?

If you want to translate another language, you can use as reference the ru language file under translations folder.

Important: The filename must match with the same translated language name in Behat and Gherkin in order to work correctly.

If the language does not exist in Gherkin. You should consider making a Pull Request to cucumber\gherkin i18n file.


Copyright (c) 2012 Konstantin Kudryashov (ever.zet). See LICENSE for details.