A tool to automatically rerun PHPUnit tests when source code changes
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Automatically rerun PHPUnit tests when source code changes

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Wouldn't it be great if your PHPUnit tests would be automatically rerun whenever you change some code? This package can do exactly that.

With the package installed you can do this:

phpunit-watcher watch

Here's how it looks like:

watcher screenshot

This will run the tests and rerun them whenever a file in the app, src or tests directory is modified.

Want to pass some arguments to PHPUnit? No problem, just tack them on:

phpunit-watcher watch --filter=it_can_run_a_single_test

In his excellent talk at Laracon EU 2017 Amo Chohan shows our phpunit-watcher in action.

Amo Chohan demo

Installation

You can install this package globally like this

composer global require spatie/phpunit-watcher

After that phpunit-watcher watch can be run in any directory on your system.

Alternatively you can install the package locally as a dev dependency in your project

composer require spatie/phpunit-watcher --dev

Locally installed you can run it with vendor/bin/phpunit-watcher watch

Usage

All the examples assume you've installed the package globally. If you opted for the local installation prepend vendor/bin/ everywhere where phpunit-watcher is mentioned.

You can start the watcher with:

phpunit-watcher watch

This will run the tests and rerun them whenever a file in the src or tests directory is modified.

Want to pass some arguments to PHPUnit? No problem, just tack them on:

phpunit-watcher watch --filter=it_can_run_a_single_test

Customization

Certain aspects of the behaviour of the tool can be modified. All options can be set in a .phpunit-watcher.yml in your project directory.

If a such a config file does not exist in the project directory, the tool will check if the file exists in any of the parent directories of the project directory.

Here's some example content. Read on for a more detailed explanation of all the options.

watch:
  directories:
    - src
    - tests
  fileMask: '*.php'
notifications:
  passingTests: false
  failingTests: false
phpunit:
  arguments: '--stop-on-failure'

Customize watched directories and files

You can customize the directories being watched by creating a file named .phpunit-watcher.yml in your project directory. Here's some example content:

watch:
  directories:
    - src
    - tests
  fileMask: '*.php'

Desktop notifications

By default the tool will display desktop notifications whenever the tests pass or fail. If you want to disable certain desktop notifications update .phpunit-watcher.yml by adding a notifications key.

notifications:
  passingTests: false
  failingTests: false

Initial PHPUnit arguments

If you want to use pass the same arguments to PHPUnit everytime to watcher starts, you can specificy those in the .phpunit-watcher.yml config file. Here's an example:

phpunit:
  arguments: '--stop-on-failure'

When starting the tool with some arguments (eg phpunit-watcher watch --filter=my_favourite_test) those arguments will get used instead of the ones specified in the config file.

Changelog

Please see CHANGELOG for more information what has changed recently.

Testing

composer test

Contributing

Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.

Security

If you discover any security related issues, please email freek@spatie.be instead of using the issue tracker.

Postcardware

You're free to use this package (it's MIT-licensed), but if you use it often we highly appreciate you sending us a postcard from your hometown, mentioning which of our package(s) you are using.

Our address is: Spatie, Samberstraat 69D, 2060 Antwerp, Belgium.

We publish all received postcards on our company website.

Credits

We started creating this package after reading this excellent article by Christoper Pitt

Interactive commands were inspired by Jest.

Support us

Spatie is a webdesign agency based in Antwerp, Belgium. You'll find an overview of all our open source projects on our website.

Does your business depend on our contributions? Reach out and support us on Patreon. All pledges will be dedicated to allocating workforce on maintenance and new awesome stuff.

License

The MIT License (MIT). Please see License File for more information.