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Version: 9.x

Tests Helpers

Apiato provides additional helper functions, on top of the Laravel's default Tests, to make testing your API much faster and fun.

Writing functional tests, makes implementing, debugging and modifying a feature faster.

With apiato you just prepare the data you want to send for your POST request, call the call() function and start asserting the response. Everything else is set for you. There are helper functions to create and prepare a testing user with the right authorization (roles and permissions) for each request.

Tests properties

Some test helper functions reads your test class properties, to perform their jobs. below we will see those properties and who uses them:


The $endpoint = 'verb@uri'; property is where you define the endpoints you are trying to access when calling $this->makeCall().



namespace App\Containers\User\UI\API\Tests\Functional;

use App\Containers\User\Tests\TestCase;

class RegisterUserTest extends TestCase

protected $endpoint = 'post@register';

protected $auth = false;

protected $access = [
'roles' => '',
'permissions' => '',

public function testRegisterNewUserWithCredentials_()
// prepare your post data
$data = [
'email' => '[email protected]',
'name' => 'Mahmoud',
'password' => 'secret',

// send the HTTP request
$response = $this->makeCall($data);

// assert response status is correct
$this->assertEquals('200', $response->getStatusCode());

// ... add all your assertions


Override the property value in some test functions

$response = $this->endpoint('get@myEndpoint')->makeCall();


The $auth = false; property defines if the endpoint you are trying to call requires authentication or not. By default $auth is equal to true, also when not defined on your test class it will be default to true.

When $auth is true, the makeCall() will create a testing user if no one already found, and it will inject his access token in the headers, before making the call.

So only use this property when your endpoint is not protected, example for the register and login tests.

Override the property value in some test functions

$response = $this->auth(false)->makeCall();


The $access property is where you define the permissions/roles that you need to give to your testing users in that test class. So when using $user = $this->getTestingUser(); it will automatically take all the roles and permissions you gave him.


protected $access = [
'roles' => 'admin', // or ['client', 'admin']
'permissions' => 'delete-users',

Override the property value in some test functions

Call the getTestingUser and pass whichever roles and permissions to him.

$this->getTestingUser(['permissions' => 'jump', 'roles' => 'jumper']);

Or you can call getTestingUserWithoutAccess() to get user without permissions and roles.

Tests functions

All the test helper functions are provided by traits classes living inside app/Ship/Tests/* folder,and they are all available for usage from every test class in your application.


makeCall(array $data = [], array $headers = []) is one of the most important helper functions for an API.



$response = $this->makeCall();

$response = $this->makeCall([
'email' => $userDetails['email'],
'password' => $userDetails['password'],

$response = $this->makeCall($data, $headers);

$response = $this->endpoint('get@register')->makeCall($data);

$response = $this->auth(false)->makeCall();

$response = $this->endpoint('get@item/{id}')->injectId($user->id)->makeCall();


getTestingUser($userDetails = null, $access = null) is another very important helper function:



$user = $this->getTestingUser();

$user = $this->getTestingUser([
'email' => '[email protected]',
'name' => 'Hello',
'password' => 'secret',

NOTE: Later all the test helper functions will be documented, meanwhile to see all the available functions check all the public functions in all the traits in this directory vendor/apiato/core/Traits/TestsTraits/PhpUnit/*.


Just use it from any test: $this->faker->name;

There's an instance of faker in every class.

Just use it: $this->faker->name;

See the Tests Page, for more details about the Tests components.

Create live Testing Data

To test your app with some live testing data (like creating items in an inventory) you can use this feature to automatically generate those data. This is also helpful for staging when real people are testing your app with some testing data.

  1. Go to Seeder/SeedTestingData.php seeder class, and create your live testing data.

  2. Run this command php artisan apiato:seed-test

Debugging with PsySH

For better debugging and development, you can open a runtime developer console while executing your test.

Using PsySH (interactive debugger and REPL "read-eval-print loop" for PHP). The package is required by the Laravel Tinker Package.

To use it set the breakpoint eval(\Psy\sh()); anywhere you want in any Actions, Controllers, Tasks... and run your test normally.