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This tool can display the response of any URL. Think of it as curl for humans. By default, the output will be colorized. The response code and response time will be displayed after the response.


JSON responses will be colorized by default as well.


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You can install the package via composer:

composer global require spatie/visit

To colorize HTML, you should install bat 0.20 or higher.

On macOS you can install bat using brew.

brew install bat

To colorize JSON, you should install jq.

On macOS you can install jq using brew.

brew install jq


To visit a certain page, execute visit followed by a URL.



Using a different method

By default, the visit command will make GET request. To use a different HTTP verb, you can pass it to the method option.

visit <your-url> --method=delete

Following redirects

By default, the visit command will not follow redirects. To follow redirects and display the response of the redirection target, add the --follow-redirects option.

php artisan visit /my-page --follow-redirects

Passing a payload

You can pass a payload to non-GET request by using the payload. The payload should be formatted as JSON.

visit <your-url> --payload='{"testKey":"testValue"}'

When you pass a payload, we'll assume that you want to make a POST request. If you want to use another http verb, pass it explicitly.

visit <your-url> --method=patch --payload='{"testKey":"testValue"}'

Showing the headers of the response

By default, visit will not show any headers. To display them, add the --headers option

visit <your-url> /my-page --headers


Only displaying the response

If you want visit to only display the response, omitting the response result block at the end, pass the --only-response option.

visit <your-url> --only-response

Only displaying the response properties block

To avoid displaying the response, and only display the response result block, use the --only-stats option

visit <your-url> --only-stats

Avoid colorizing the response

visit will automatically colorize any HTML and JSON output. To avoid the output being colorized, use the --no-color option.

visit <your-url> --no-color

Displaying the result HTML as text

Usually an HTML response is quite lengthy. This can make it hard to quickly see what text will be displayed in the browser. To convert an HTML to a text variant, you can pass the --text option.

visit <your-url> --text

Filtering HTML output

If you only want to see a part of an HTML response you can use the --filter option. For HTML output, you can pass a css selector.

Imagine that your app's full response is this HTML:

        <div>First div</div>
        <p>First paragraph</p>
        <p>Second paragraph</p>

This command ...

visit <your-url> --filter="p"

... will display:

<p>First paragraph</p>
<p>Second paragraph</p>

Filtering JSON output

If you only want to see a part of an JSON response you can use the --filter option. You may use dot-notation to reach nested parts.

Imagine that your app's full response is this JSON:

    "firstName": "firstValue",
    "nested": {
        "secondName": "secondValue"

This command ...

visit <your-url> --filter="nested.secondName"

... will display:


Laravel integration

The visit command can also reach into a Laravel app and do stuff like:

  • logging in a user
  • visiting a route name
  • reporting the amount of queries performed and models hydrated to build up the response.

To enable this, you must install the spatie/laravel-visit package inside your Laravel app.

To visit a route in your Laravel app, make sure you execute visit when the current working directory is your Laravel app. You should also use a relative URL (so omit the app URL).


Your can use these extra options:

  • --user: you can pass this option a user id or email that will be logged in before rendering the response
  • --route: pass this option the name of a route, you don't have to specify an url anymore. For example visit --route=contact
  • --show-exceptions: when your app throws an exception, this option will show that exception.

Here's an example of the route option:


In the stats block at the end you'll see the amount of queries and models hydrated.



composer test


Please see CHANGELOG for more information on what has changed recently.


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.

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