Unit testing must-use WordPress plugins inside Local by Flywheel

WP-CLI allows us to quickly implement unit testing using PHPUnit. This post will guide you through the process of setting PHPUnit up to test must-use plugins in Local by Flywheel.

By default WordPress only allows single-file plugins inside the mu-plugins directory. Bedrock implements an autoloader for mu-plugins in directories. Check out https://github.com/wemakecustom/wp-mu-loader if you aren’t using Bedrock.

1. Install PHPUnit

Install through Composer:

composer require phpunit/phpunit "^7.0"

2. Scaffold Plugin tests

The first step is to right-click your website in Local, and select “Open site shell”. From your WP-directory, use following command:

wp scaffold plugin-tests --dir=app/mu-plugins/custom-plugin

The dir-flag should be relative to your current working directory.

3. Initialize the testing environment

Change your working directory to your mu-plugin:

cd app/mu-plugins/custom-plugin

Then initialize the environment:

bash bin/install-wp-tests.sh local-tests root root localhost:/Users/tombroucke/Library/ApplicationSupport/Local/run/Nv9pAB3wp/mysql/mysqld.sock

You will have to replace the socket location by the location you find in Local > Site > Database.

You will find the socket location inside Local > Site > Database. It is important to know that I have a symlink from “ApplicationSupport” to “Application Support”. In fact iTerm 2 has created this symlink for me.

4. Start testing

Add some tests to the tests directory and run PHPUnit


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