Global Configuration

Configuration file codeception.yml is generated by codecept bootstrap command. It has preconfigured settings you can change.

Here are global options you can change inside configuration:

  • actor: Tester: changes suffix for Actor classes. This defines a rule to generate new test suites. If you change Tester to Ninja, and generate new api test suite, you will get ApiNinja actor class.
  • namespace: set a namespace for tests. All new tests and support classes will be generated under that namespace. Allows to configure multiple test setups for one runner.
  • include: []: include additional Codeception configurations for multiple applications setup.
  • paths directories used by Codeception. Default values are:
    # where the tests stored
    tests: tests

    # directory for fixture data    
    data: tests/_data

    # directory for support code
    support: tests/_support

    # directory for output
    log: tests/_output
    # directory for environment configuration
    envs: tests/_envs
  • settings: provide additional options for test runner. They may dramatically change the way Codeception is executed. For instance, take a note of shuffle option which allows to randomize tests execution order and lint option that toggles parsing a test file (using php -l) before loading it.

    # name of bootstrap that will be used
    # each bootstrap file should be 
    # inside a suite directory.
    bootstrap: _bootstrap.php

    # enable/disable syntax of test files before loading
    # for php < 7 exec('php -l') is used
    # disable if you need to speed up tests execution
    lint: true

    # randomize test order
    shuffle: true

    # by default it's false on Windows
    # use [ANSICON]( to colorize output.
    colors: true

    # Generate XML JUnit report using strict schema
    # Avoid putting additional report fields like steps or scenario names tot it
    # Required for XML reports on Jenkins CI
    strict_xml: false

    # Tests (especially functional) can take a lot of memory
    # We set a high limit for them by default.
    memory_limit: 1024M
    # This value controls whether PHPUnit attempts to backup global variables
    # See
    backup_globals: true
    # PHPUnit can be strict about tests that do not test anything
    # See
    report_useless_tests: false
    # PHPUnit can be strict about output during tests.
    # See
    disallow_test_output: false
    # PHPUnit can be strict about tests that manipulate global state.
    # See
    be_strict_about_changes_to_global_state: false
    # Log the incomplete and skipped tests into junit report
    # See 
    # Section logging > junit
    log_incomplete_skipped: false
  • modules: allows to create shared module configuration for all included suites. By default sample configuration for Db module is included.
            dsn: ''
            user: ''
            password: ''
            dump: tests/_data/dump.sql

Suite Configuration

Each generated suite have its own configuration inside directory set by paths: tests: configuration option in codeception.yml. Each suite configuration is named like suitename.suite.yml. It allows to enable and configure modules, and more.

  • actor: name of the actor class for current suite.
  • modules: list of enabled modules with their configuration.
    # enabled modules and helpers
        # built-in modules are listed by their names
        - PhpBrowser:
            # module configuration
            url: http://localhost
        # this module is pre-configured in global config
        - Db

        # helper names are listed by their class names
        # by convention their names start with \        
        - \Helper\Acceptance

    # additional modules configuration
    # can be used for modules which are not currently enabled
            browser: firefox
    # list of modules disabled for this suite
        - WebDriver
  • namespace: default namespace of actor, support classes and tests.
  • env: override any configuration per environment.
  • groups: groups with the list of tests of for corresponding group.
  • coverage: pre suite CodeCoverage settings.
  • gherkin: per suite BDD Gherkin settings.
  • error_level: error level for runner in current suite. Should be specified for unit, integration, functional tests. Passes value to error_reporting function.

Config Templates (dist)

To provide same configuration templates for development team you can creare codeception.dist.yml config which will be loaded before codeception.yml. Dist config will provide shared options whil local codeception.yml will override them per user basis. This way codeception.yml should be ignored by VCS system.

For suite configuration template configs are also availble. Rename suitename.suite.yml to suitename.dist.yml to make a dist config.

Configuration loading order:

  1. codeception.dist.yml
  2. codeception.yml
  3. acceptance.suite.dist.yml
  4. acceptance.suite.yml
  5. environment config

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