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A great way of quickly testing your web applications inside October.

This plugin allows you to author functional tests using the playback tool built into Selenium’s portable framework without the need to learn a test scripting language. Write your tests in PHP, Python, Ruby and more.


System requirements

  1. Java 8 installed in default location of your platform (for example /usr/bin/java for Linux)
  2. The driver of the browser you want to use for tests (for example ChromeDriver)

Note for Linux users

Installing Chromium from your package manager should install ChromeDriver for you

Note for Mac users

You probably will have to link newer version of Java to your default path as described here


  1. You can use three methods to install the plugin:
    1. from OctoberCMS Marketplace,
    2. clone the code from GitHub into /plugins/initbiz/selenium2tests directory or
    3. install using Composer composer require --dev initbiz/oc-selenium2tests-plugin
  2. Add "laravel/dusk": "^2.0" to your require-dev section in composer.json file
  3. Go to /plugins/initbiz/selenium2tests
  4. Copy selenium.php.example to selenium.php and configure your environment

You can also create selenium.php file in your root directory, which will be read when the one in plugin's directory does not exist

Testing OctoberCMS basics

It is a good practice not to use the same DB for testing and developing purposes.

In order to configure a different database for testing purposes create directory testing in config directory and copy database.php to the newly-created directory. Then change the default connection as you wish.

After that, if you use APP_ENV=testing in your .env file, configuration from the testing directory will be used.

Writing tests in Selenium 2

There are example tests in tests/example directory that use Ui2TestCase class.

Running tests

First of all, you have to run the Selenium 2 standalone server which is included in the package. In order to start Selenium 2 server go to <project_root>/plugins/initbiz/selenium2tests and run java -jar selenium.jar.

You are ready to run tests using PHPUnit from OctoberCMS's vendor/bin/phpunit.

You can keep test files wherever you want, but .gitignore of the plugin will exclude all files from /tests except those in /tests/examples.

Browser options (like headless mode)

If you want to for example run browser in headless mode, you can add that line to your selenium.php file:

define('TEST_SELENIUM_BROWSER_OPTIONS', ['--headless']);
  • Found the plugin useful on 18 May, 2020

    Thanks for useful plugin! Still struggled through some challenges while configuring my testing environment.

    1. First, testing env was forcing to use sqlite driver and was throwing errors until I've installed sqlite driver.
    2. Some composer conflicts. meyfa/phpunit-assert-gd needs to be v2 and phpunit v8 in my case. Ended up with the following:
      "require-dev": {
      "fzaninotto/faker": "~1.7",
      "phpunit/phpunit": "^8.0",
      "phpunit/phpunit-selenium": "~1.2",
      "meyfa/phpunit-assert-gd": "^2",
      "squizlabs/php_codesniffer": "3.*",
      "php-parallel-lint/php-parallel-lint": "^1.0",
      "laravel/dusk": "^2.0"
    3. Few tests from default tests/ OctoberCMS dir was throwing errors. So I just commented them.
    4. Finally, I didn't copy database.php to config/testing. Instead, I created .env.testing in the project root, changing content of the .env to testing db credentials.


!!! Moved to Laravel Dusk API

Sep 04, 2019


Added support for record finder

Mar 06, 2019


Added support for desired capabilities

Mar 05, 2019


Better organized some October helpers, small doc fix and flash timeout

Jan 28, 2019


Small fixes and features.

Nov 07, 2018


Changed protected methods to public + updated Selenium standalone binary

Nov 07, 2018


Added scrollToElement method

Sep 13, 2018


Fixed notSee method

Jul 06, 2018


Added select2 method

Jul 03, 2018


Added timeout to waitForFlashMessage method

Jul 03, 2018


Updated README file

Apr 05, 2018


!!! Traits namespaced, updated Selenium standalone server

Jan 17, 2018


October Selenium 2 helpers updated

Sep 22, 2017


Added Selenium 2 Helpers methods

Sep 21, 2017


Beta, some features might not work, but hey, you can contribute :)

Sep 20, 2017


Initialize plugin.

Sep 20, 2017