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Running PHPUnit tests within Sublime Text

Being able to run your PHPUnit tests from within Sublime Text is a productivity win. This is especially true if you like Test Driven Development. PHPUnit Kit has all the features you will ever need to run PHPUnit tests from within Sublime Text.

What can PHPUnit Kit do?

  • Run test case
  • Run test suite
  • Run test method
  • Run last test
  • Switch between test and file under test
  • Jump to next and previous failure

I'll show you how to install, setup, and run the test commands.


Install PHPUnitKit via Package Control.


Add your preferred key bindings. Menu → Preferences → Key Bindings:


Running tests

In most cases PHPUnit Kit will work out-of-the-box. For example, PHPUnit will be auto-discovered if you are using Composer. If you can run tests via the command-line the tests will run in Sublime Text.

There are four test commands. You can run them via the Command Palette or your preferred key bindings.

PHPUnit: Test NearestIn a test file runs the test nearest to the cursor, otherwise runs the test for the current file.
PHPUnit: Test FileIn a test file runs all tests in the current file, otherwise runs test for the current file.
PHPUnit: Test SuiteRuns the whole test suite.
PHPUnit: Test LastRuns the last test.

Go ahead and open a PHP file and run the Test Suite command. This will run the entire test suite and output the results in a Sublime Text panel.

Test Suite

You can run the entire test suite from any PHP file, but what about running a single test case? PHPUnitKit has you covered. Go ahead and open a test case and run Test File. This will a single test case:

Test File

You can actually run the test case from the class under test, you don't even need the test case open. Go ahead and switch to the Class Under Test: Test Switch. Now run Test File again.

Test File

Neat isn't it.

How about running a single test method? Open a test case. Put your cursor on a test method and run Test Nearest. The cursor only needs to be near the test method and you can use a multiple-cursor.

Test Nearest

Jumping to failures

When a test fails, PHPUnit tries its best to provide as much context to help identify the problem. You can jump forward and backward through failure stack traces with F4 and SHIFT+F4.

Test Failures

Support for ParaTest

The objective of ParaTest is to support parallel testing in PHPUnit. — ParaTest

To enable support for PHPUnit parallel tests using ParaTest, open your Settings and set phpunit.paratest to true:

Menu → Preferences → Settings

    "phpunit.paratest": true,

This tells PHPUnit Kit to run PHPunit parallel tests using the ParaTest test runner, but only if it exists, for example at vendor/bin/paratest i.e. has been installed via Composer.

This means you can enable it and when you're inside a project that uses ParaTest, PHPUnit Kit will use it to run your tests, otherwise it will fallback to an alternate test runner or the default test runner.

Useful default options

Running your tests with Code Coverage enabled can be slow which is why I always disable it by default in Sublime Text and use the "no-coverage" toggle command to turn it on when I need it. This helps keep my tests speedy. Open your Settings and add:

    "phpunit.options": {
        "no-coverage": true

Toggle it with the Toggle Option --no-coverage command. Now you can run your tests at high speed and generate coverage when you need it.

Wrapping up

PHPUnit Kit is a great way to streamline your sublime test game. I hope this short introduction has convinced you to give it a go.