Introduction to the Magento Functional Testing Framework

This topic was updated due to the 2.0.2 MFTF release.

The Magento Functional Testing Framework (MFTF) aims to replace the Functional Testing Framework in future releases to make test creation easier for developers and improve qualities like:

  • Traceability for clear logging and reporting capabilities
  • Modularity to run tests based on installed modules and extensions
  • Customizability for existing tests
  • Readability using clear, declarative XML test steps
  • Maintainability based on simple test creation and overall structure

Because MFTF tests are written in XML, you no longer need to learn PHP to write tests.

We are actively developing functional tests. Refer to <magento2 root dir>/dev/tests/acceptance/ for examples.

What version of the MFTF do I use?

The MFTF is installed as a Composer dependency in <magento2 root dir>/dev/tests/acceptance/composer.lock. Open the file and check the corresponding dependency. Example:

    "packages": [
            "name": "magento/magento2-functional-testing-framework",
            "version": "2.0.2",

What’s in the “dev/tests/acceptance

    _data                       // Additional files required for tests (e.g. pictures, CSV files for import/export, etc.)
    _output                     // The directory is generated during test run. It contains testing reports.
    _suite                      // Test suites
    functional                  // Functional acceptance tests
    _bootstrap.php              // Script that executes essential initialization routines
    functional.suite.dist.yml   // Codeception functional test suite configuration
utils                           // Test running utilities
.env.example                    // Example file with environmental settings
.gitignore                      // List of files ignored by git
.htaccess.sample                // Access settings for Appache web server to perform CLI commands on Magento application
RoboFile.php                    // MFTF CLI commands configutaion for Robo task runner
codeception.dist.yml            // Codeception configuration
pre-install.php                 // Script that checks the environment on whether pre-installation requirements are met

What output does the MFTF produce?

  • Generated PHP Codeception tests
  • Codeception results and console logs
  • Screenshots and HTML failure report
  • Allure formatted XML results
  • Allure report dashboard of results


The MFTF guide is intended for Magento developers and software engineers, such as QA specialists, PHP developer, and system integrators.


  • Facilitate functional testing and minimize efforts to perform regression testing
  • Minimize efforts to support extension and customization of tests via XML merging


  • Test user interactions with web application under test
  • Write functional tests located in <magento2 root dir>/dev/tests/acceptance/
  • Cover basic functionality using out-of-the-box tests. You can test extended functionality using custom tests.
  • Automated regression testing

Use Case Examples

As a Magento developer, test changes (for example, added attribute on Customer Form, extended Search functionality, added tags for Products, etc).

As a software engineer, perform regression testing before release to ensure that Magento works as expected with new functionality.

MFTF on Github

Follow the MFTF project and contribute on Github.