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Running Integration Tests

Integration tests require the Magento runtime environment, so they need a little preparation before they can be executed. Once the system is prepared, the tests can be executed using either the command line interface or within an IDE like PHPStorm.

Setting up the integration test framework

In order to run the integration tests, a test database has to be created and configured. Besides this, you might also want to adjust the PHPUnit configuration, depending on your requirements.

Please refer to Preparing Integration Test Execution for further information on setting up the test environment.

Command Line Interface (CLI)

This option can be used for running the tests locally during development or on remote servers during Continuous Integration.

Please refer to Running Integration Tests in the CLI for further information.


Running the integration tests inside an IDE like PHPStorm IDE is convenient during development. This is mostly used when writing a new integration test.

Other then convenience there is no benefit over running the tests on the console.

Please refer to Running Integration Tests in PHPStorm for further information.

Preparing Integration Test Execution

Before the Magento integration test framework can be used, the test environment has to be prepared. The following prerequisites are required:

  • A dedicated integration test database
  • The test framework database configuration
  • The PHPUnit configuration has to match the purpose of the integration test execution

The integration test database

By default, for every integration test run, the test framework installs a fresh Magento test database.

Do not use the same database as the real Magento instance. Any data (products, customers, orders and everything else) will be lost!

For safety reasons it is recommended to use a dedicated database user for running the tests. That db user should not have access to any other databases. Here are example SQL commands to create a test database and a dedicated test user account.

CREATE DATABASE magento_integration_tests;
GRANT ALL ON magento_integration_tests.* TO 'magento2_test_user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'ftYx4pm6^x9.&^hB';

Replace the example database and user name and the example password with something that matches your requirements and conventions.

Configuring the framework to use the test database

The Magento 2 integration test framework comes with a configuration file template located at mage2ce/dev/tests/integration/etc/install-config-mysql.php.dist.

Copy this file to mage2ce/dev/tests/integration/etc/install-config-mysql.php (without the .dist suffix) and add your test database access credentials.

The contents will look something like the following. Use the DB access credentials for your test database instead of the example values below.


return [
    'db-host' => 'localhost',
    'db-user' => 'magento2_test_user',
    'db-password' => 'ftYx4pm6^x9.&^hB',
    'db-name' => 'magento_integration_tests',
    'db-prefix' => '',
    'backend-frontname' => 'backend',
    'admin-user' => \Magento\TestFramework\Bootstrap::ADMIN_NAME,
    'admin-password' => \Magento\TestFramework\Bootstrap::ADMIN_PASSWORD,
    'admin-email' => \Magento\TestFramework\Bootstrap::ADMIN_EMAIL,
    'admin-firstname' => \Magento\TestFramework\Bootstrap::ADMIN_FIRSTNAME,
    'admin-lastname' => \Magento\TestFramework\Bootstrap::ADMIN_LASTNAME,

Be sure to leave all the settings that do not start with db- at their default values.

Adjusting the PHPUnit configuration file

The default integration test configuration can be found at dev/tests/integration/phpunit.xml.dist.

Without adjustments it will run all core integration tests, which is useful for example on a continuous integration server.

When making adjustments to the configuration, copy the default file to dev/tests/integration/phpunit.xml (again, without the .dist suffix) and make your changes there. That way your changes will not be overwritten during Magento upgrades.

There are many settings in the file. This guide will only describes three common adjustments. Please refer to the PHPUnit documentation and the comments in the default file for more information on the available configuration settings.


Default value:

<const name="TESTS_CLEANUP" value="enabled"/>

If this constant is set to enabled, the integration test framework will clean the test database and re-install Magento on every test run. That way any new modules will be automatically picked up, and any cruft that might have been left over from previous test runs will be removed. It also causes the test framework to flush the test Magento configuration, the cache and the code generation before executing any tests.

The downside of setting TEST_CLEANUP to enabled is that the re-installation of Magento takes time (the exact time depends on the host you are using to run the integration tests and the Magento version.)

During the development of new integration tests, where only a subset of the tests is executed repeatedly, that overhead of setting up a fresh execution environment for each run quickly becomes a burden.

In that case the TEST_CLEANUP constant can be set to disabled. The test execution will start much quicker, but as a consequence the developer has to flush the cache and the database when needed manually.

The integration test framework creates the temporary test files beneath the directory dev/tests/integration/tmp/sandbox-* (followed by a long hash ID).

To force the test framework to regenerate the cache and the other files, it is enough to remove the directory.

rm -r dev/tests/integration/tmp/sandbox-*

The PHP memory_limit

The default phpunit.xml.dist file does not contain any PHP memory_limit settings. However, sometimes the PHP configuration restricts the amount of memory PHP may consume. This can make it impossible to run the integration tests.

The PHP memory limit can be turned off by adding the following configuration to the <php> section of the integration test phpunit.xml file:

<ini name="memory_limit" value="-1"/>

Executing third party integration tests

The Magento code integration tests reside in the directory dev/tests/integration/testsuite. For core tests it makes sense that the integration tests do not reside within individual modules, because most integration test execute code from many different modules.

Shop implementation specific integration tests could also be placed within a different subdirectory of dev/tests/integration/testsuite and then would be executed together with the core tests.

However, third party Magento extensions are contained within a single directory, and might supply custom integration tests, too. These tests usually are placed in the subdirectory Test/Integration/ within the module folder.

These third party integration tests are not picked up by the default integration test configuration. A testsuite configuration like the following can be added to the <testsuites> section of the phpunit.xml file so they are included during test execution.

<testsuite name="Third Party Integration Tests">

Such a test suite configuration can then be executed using the --testsuite <name> command option, for example if you are in the dev/tests/integration directory:

php ../../../vendor/bin/phpunit --testsuite "Third Party Integration Tests"

Running Integration Tests in the CLI

Probably the most common way to execute integration tests is using the command line.

Please ensure you have prepared the integration test environment before starting.

The integration tests have to be executed with the current working directory being dev/tests/integration. The test configuration resides in that directory and will be picked up by phpunit automatically, without the need to specify it as a command line option.

Running all integration tests

By default, if no additional arguments are specified, the test configuration executes all integration tests in the directory dev/tests/integration/testsuite.

cd dev/tests/integration

Expected log

PHPUnit 4.1.0 by Sebastian Bergmann.

Configuration read from /var/www/magento2/dev/tests/integration/phpunit.xml


Note the path to the phpunit executable installed by composer into the vendor directory is used.

Running only a custom testsuite

PHPUnit offers several ways to only execute a subset of tests. For example, it is common to only execute a single testsuite from the phpunit.xml configuration.

cd dev/tests/integration
../../../vendor/bin/phpunit --testsuite "Memory Usage Tests"

Running a tests from a specific directory tree

To execute only the tests within a specific directory (for example an extension), pass the path to that directory as an argument to phpunit.

cd dev/tests/integration
../../../vendor/bin/phpunit ../../../app/code/Acme/Example/Test/Integration

Running a single test class

When developing a new integration test class, it is common to run only that single test many times. Pass the path to the file containing the test class as an argument to phpunit.

cd dev/tests/integration
../../../vendor/bin/phpunit ../../../app/code/Acme/Example/Test/Integration/ExampleTest.php

Running a single test within a test class

Running only a single test within a test class can be done by specifying the test class together with the --filter argument and the name to select the test currently being developed.

cd dev/tests/integration
../../../vendor/bin/phpunit --filter 'testOnlyThisOneIsExecuted' ../../../app/code/Acme/Example/Test/Integration/ExampleTest.php

Common mistakes

Can’t read files specified as arguments

This happens if the integration tests are executed from a wrong directory.

Could not read “dev/tests/integration/phpunit.xml”

This error happens if the integration tests are executed from a different directory then dev/tests/integration. To fix the issue, change into the directory dev/tests/integration and run the tests from there with any relative paths adjusted accordingly.

Unable to connect to MySQL

The PHP interpreter has to be able to connect to the test database. By default this means the tests have to run on the same host as the MySQL server. This problem most commonly crops up during development with vagrant or docker, where the Magento DB is running on a virtual machine. If the tests then are executed using a PHP interpreter on the host system, the database might not be accessible.

The error usually looks something like this.

exception 'PDOException' with message 'SQLSTATE[HY000] [2002] No such file or directory' in /var/www/magento2/vendor/magento/zendframework1/library/Zend/Db/Adapter/Pdo/Abstract.php:129

There are many ways this problem can be resolved, but the easiest is to run the tests in the virtual machine, too.

Running Integration Tests in PHPStorm

When writing new integration tests or during debugging, it is convenient to execute tests from within the the PHPStorm IDE.

Please ensure you have prepared the integration test environment before starting.

Creating an integration test run configuration

Setting up a run configuration for integration tests is very similar to creating a run configuration for unit tests.

Please refer to Running Unit Tests in PHPStorm for instructions on how to create a basic run configuration. Then configure the integration test configuration file to be used.

Using the integration test configuration file

The only difference in the run configuration is the integration test phpunit.xml.dist or phpunit.xml configuration file from the directory dev/tests/integration has to be selected.

Integration Test Class run configuration