Automated Testing

Automated Testing

Vanguard comes with more than a hundred automated test. Most of them are functional tests that are using to verify all vital parts of Vanguard application, but there are also unit tests for some parts of the system. If you want to, you can run those automated tests by following steps below and use them as starting point and continue adding tests for everything you change inside the application.


Since Vanguard is using Mailtrap for testing emails that should be sent to the users, you will have to sign up for Mailtrap (it's free) and put your API key into .env file as following.


Also, you have to tell Laravel that what credentials should be used for sending emails by adding following variables into your .env file:

Running Tests

After you insert required Mailtrap credentials, you are ready to start your tests just by typing


PHP unit will then execute your tests and you will be sure that your application is working as you expect.

Vanguard is fully tested and working on PHP 5.6.4+ (including PHP 7).

Vanguard - Automated Tests - PHP

Different Databases

By default, Vanguard is configured to use SQLite in Memory database to perform tests. However, if you would like to test it on some other databases like MySQL, then you will have to modify DB_CONNECTION environment variable inside phpunit.xml file and set it to mysql (or you can just completely remove it, since MySQL driver is default) and you have to add the name for test database by defining DB_DATABASE variable like following:

    <env name="APP_ENV" value="testing"/>
    <env name="CACHE_DRIVER" value="array"/>
    <env name="SESSION_DRIVER" value="array"/>
    <env name="QUEUE_DRIVER" value="sync"/>
    <env name="DB_CONNECTION" value="mysql"/> <!-- database connection -->
    <env name="DB_DATABASE" value="vanguard_test"/> <!-- test db name -->
    <env name="MAIL_DRIVER" value="smtp"/>

You can modify any other environment variables here if necessary.