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12 Mar
4 years ago

mkudenko left a reply on How To Specify A Testing Database In Laravel 5?

Thank you @blackbird and @JoeDawson. I've switched from default PHPUnit to Codeception. Using Laravel5 module for specifying a testing .env file works perfectly.

Here's what I ended up using for my unit tests. Well, technically some of them are integration tests, since the database is used, but anyway.

Here's a snippet of my config/database.php file:


return [

    // other stuff

    'default' => env('DB_DEFAULT', 'mysql'),

    'connections' => [

        'sqlite_testing' => [
            'driver'   => 'sqlite',
            'database' => ':memory:',
            'prefix'   => '',

        'mysql' => [
        'driver'    => 'mysql',
        'host'      => env('DB_HOST', 'localhost'),
        'database'  => env('DB_DATABASE', 'forge'),
        'username'  => env('DB_USERNAME', 'forge'),
        'password'  => env('DB_PASSWORD', ''),
        'charset'   => 'utf8',
        'collation' => 'utf8_unicode_ci',
        'prefix'    => '',
            'strict'    => false,


    // other stuff


I'm using the sqlite database in memory which is a lot faster. You can't use it in functional or acceptance tests though.

And now a snippet of my tests/unit/TestCase.php. I set up the DB_DEFAULT variable which switches the database driver for each test. That way, I can run my unit/integration tests without having a separate .env.unit file.

<?php namespace UnitTests;

use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Artisan;

class TestCase extends \Illuminate\Foundation\Testing\TestCase

     * Creates the application.
     * @return \Illuminate\Foundation\Application
    public function createApplication()

        $app = require __DIR__ . '/../../bootstrap/app.php';


        return $app;

    public function setUp()

    public function tearDown()


Final note. As of this moment, running composer require "codeception/codeception:*" will get you the version 2.0.11. Running functional tests with Laravel 5 module will through a fatal error. That will be fixed in 2.0.12, but for now you can install the latest dev version: composer require "codeception/codeception": "2.0.*@dev"

07 Mar
4 years ago

mkudenko started a new conversation How To Specify A Testing Database In Laravel 5?

I'm trying to write unit tests for my models and controllers. I know that Laravel sets the environment to "testing" by default, but I can't figure out where to specify the test database name so it's not version controlled.

I can change the database name in phpunit.xml:

<env name="DB_DATABASE" value="test_db"/>

Ideally, I'd like it to work like the .env file. .env.test maybe, that is used for unit testing?

Any help and advice are appreciated.