As well as this package, you will need to download/install:
Composer dependencies file is included in this repository, so all you need to do for now on either Linux or Mac OS X is:
# Execute the following in your project root # (or where composer.json is located) # This will install composer for you curl -s http://getcomposer.org/installer | php # This will install dependencies required php composer.phar install
To install PHPUnit:
# This will install PHPUnit pear channel-discover pear.phpunit.de pear install phpunit/PHPUnit
To install Selenium:
# This will download selenium wget http://selenium.googlecode.com/files/selenium-server-standalone-2.25.0.jar
Because this testing framework is intended to be used with SilverStripe, you have to
download and install it too. The minimum version required is
3.0. Recommended way
to get started is to install from source,
but it's really up to your preference.
No database content is required because it will be created automatically when needed.
login_url should not be changed unless you customized them somehow.
screenshot_path variable is used to store screenshot of a last known state
of a failed step. It defaults to whatever is returned by PHP's
Screenshot names within that directory consist of feature file filename and line
number that failed.
# behat.yml default: # ... context: parameters: admin_url: /admin/ login_url: /Security/login screenshot_path: features/screenshots/
You will probably need to change the base URL that is used during the test process.
It is used every time you use relative URLs in your feature descriptions.
It will also be used by file to URL mapping in
You also have to change
files_path path when you want to support file uploads.
Otherwise, you can remove it from the config. Currently only absolute paths are supported.
Only selenium2 sessions are supported at the moment, but
default_session is the place
to change it if you want to try other driver sessions like
# behat.yml default: # ... extensions: Behat\MinkExtension\Extension: base_url: http://localhost files_path: /absolute/path/to/files/ default_session: selenium2 selenium2: ~
You also can change the path to the SilverStripe framework with
It supports both absolute and relative (to
behat.yml file) paths.
Because SilverStripe uses AJAX requests quite extensively, we had to invent a way
to deal with them more efficiently and less verbose than just
ajax_steps is used to match steps defined there so they can be "caught" by
special AJAX handlers that tweak the delays.
You can either use a pipe delimited string or a list of substrings that match step definition.
# behat.yml default: # ... extensions: Behat\SilverStripeExtension\Extension: framework_path: ../../ # ajax_steps: "go to|follow|press|click|submit" ajax_steps: - go to - follow - press - click - submit
MinkExtension is using
Let's say you want to user
You can either override the
selenium2 setting in default profile or add another
profile that can be run using
bin/behat --profile=PROFILE_NAME, where
chrome: extensions: Behat\MinkExtension\Extension: selenium2: capabilities: browserName: chrome version: ANY
Starting the selenium server
You can either run the server in a separate Terminal tab:
java -jar selenium-server-standalone-2.25.0.jar
Or you can run it in the background:
java -jar selenium-server-standalone-2.25.0.jar > /dev/null &
Running the tests
You will have Behat binary located in
bin directory in your project root (or where
composer.json is located).
By default, Behat will use Selenium2 driver.
Selenium will also try to use chrome browser. Refer to
behat.yml for details.
# This will run all feature tests located in `features` directory bin/behat # This will run all feature tests using chrome profile bin/behat --profile=chrome
Why does the module need to know about the framework path on the filesystem?
Sometimes SilverStripe needs to know the URL of your site. When you're visiting your site in a web browser this is easy to work out, but if you're executing scripts on the command-line, it has no way of knowing.
To work this out, this module is using file to URL mapping.
How does the module interact with the SS database?
The module creates temporary database on init and is switching to the alternative
database session before every scenario by using
It also populates this temporary database with the default records if necessary.
It is possible to include your own fixtures, it is explained further.
How do I define fixtures?
Fixtures should be provided in YAML format (standard SilverStripe fixture format) as PyStrings
Take a look at the sample fixture logic first:
Given there are the following Permission records """ admin: Code: ADMIN """ And there are the following Group records """ admingroup: Title: Admin Group Code: admin Permissions: =>Permission.admin """ And there are the following Member records """ admin: FirstName: Admin Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Groups: =>Group.admingroup """
In this example, the fixture is used to create Admin member with admin permissions.
As you can see, there are special Gherkin steps that take care of loading fixtures into database. They use the following format:
Given there are the following TableName records """ RowIdentifier: ColumnName: Value """
Fixtures may also use a
=> symbol to indicate relationships between records.
In the example above
=>Permission.admin will be replaced with row
ID of a
Permission record that has
RowIdentifier set as
When do fixtures get created?
Fixtures are created where you defined them. If you want the fixtures to be created before every scenario, define them in Background.
If you want them to be created only when a particular scenario runs, define them there.
When do fixtures get cleared during the feature runs?
Fixtures are usually not cleared between scenarios. You can alter this behaviour
by tagging the feature or scenario with
The module runner empties the database before each scenario tagged with
@database-defaults and populates it with default records (usually a set of
How do I debug when something goes wrong?
First, read the console output. Behat will tell you which steps have failed.
Screenshot will be taken by the module every time the step is marked as failed. Refer to configuration section above to know how to set up the screenshot path.
If you are unable to debug using the information collected with the above methods, it is possible to delay the step execution by adding the following step:
And I wait for "10000"
10000 is the number of millisecods you wish the session to wait.
It is very useful when you want to look at the error or developer console
inside the browser or if you want to interact with the session page manually.