Helper Traits

UserFrosting provides some helper Traits to easily enable features and tools for your tests. Some of those tools make it easier to test your code against a testing database.

TestDatabase

This trait can be used force the test_integration database connection to be used for testing. This means all tests will be run against an in-memory SQLite database. This database is temporary and independent from the database used by your UserFrosting instance. That means your data is safe when tests are run. If you prefer to use a real database for tests, you can overwrite the test_integration connection config in your own sprinkle for the testing environment.

While you can test your code against the main database, it usually not a good idea to do so with a production database. Those are tests after all. They can fails. Catastrophically. UserFrosting built-in tests are all run against a test database.

Note that the in-memory database is empty by default. If your test requires the standard tables to be up, you can use the RefreshDatabase trait to run all migrations up. You could also use the migrator service to run a particular migration up.

To use, you need to add the TestDatabase trait, and call $this->setupTestDatabase(); in your test setup:

class MyTest extends TestCase
{
    use TestDatabase;

    public function setUp(): void
    {
        parent::setUp();

        // Setup test database
        $this->setupTestDatabase();
    }
}

RefreshDatabase

It's good practice to reset your database before each test so that data from a previous test does not interfere with your tests. The RefreshDatabase trait will help you wipe the database clean and run all migration up.

This is destructive! All existing data in the database will be lost. Use it along the TestDatabase trait to avoid losing data in your production database !

To use, you need to add the RefreshDatabase trait, and call $this->refreshDatabase(); in your test setup:

class MyTest extends TestCase
{
    use TestDatabase;
    use RefreshDatabase;

    public function setUp(): void
    {
        parent::setUp();

        // Setup test database
        $this->setupTestDatabase();
        $this->refreshDatabase();
    }
}

withTestUser

This trait contains many useful methods for tests that require an actual user. To use any of the methods, you first need to add the withTestUser trait to your class.

Class Description
loginUser(UserInterface $user) Login the provided user object
logoutCurrentUser Logout the currently logged user
createTestUser($isMaster = false, $login = false, array $params = []) Create a test user. Use arguments to make it a master user, to log him in and set any user parameter.
getRandomUserId($masterId) Returns a random user id, exclusing th master id
giveUserTestPermission(UserInterface $user, $slug, $conditions = 'always()') Gives a user a new test permission
giveUserPermission(UserInterface $user, Permission $permission) Add the test permission to a Role, then the role to the user

When dealing with logged-in user, they will be automatically logout at the end of the test to avoid collision with subsequent tests.

withDatabaseSessionHandler

This trait needs to be included if you want to test the database session handler. This trait should be used with TestDatabase and RefreshDatabase.

To use, you need to add the withDatabaseSessionHandler trait, and call $this->useDatabaseSessionHandler(); in your test:

class MyTest extends TestCase
{
    use TestDatabase;
    use RefreshDatabase;
    use withTestUser;
    use withDatabaseSessionHandler;

    public function testSomethingWithSessionDatabase()
    {
        // Reset CI Session
        $this->useDatabaseSessionHandler();

        // ...
    }
}