Laravel Guide

Although Pest is framework agnostic, it was built with Laravel in mind. In this guide, we will see how you can create tests with the elegance you expect, and the convenience you love.

First, install Pest in your Laravel application. Since Pest is a progressive testing framework, your current test suite will still work, even if you run it with the ./vendor/bin/pest console command.

Now, let's get started by taking a look at Laravel's default test suite:

- tests
    - Feature
        - ExampleTest.php
    - Unit
        - ExampleTest.php
    - CreatesApplication.php
    - TestCase.php
- phpunit.xml

First, let's run the pest:install artisan command:

php artisan pest:install

This command will create the Pest.php file with the following code:



Next, let's migrate the tests/Unit/ExampleTest.php file to Pest:



And now, the tests/Feature/ExampleTest.php file:


it('has welcome page')

That's it! You should now have a fresh Laravel installation with a Pest test suite.

Artisan commands


The pest:install Artisan command creates the test/Pest.php file in your tests folder:

php artisan pest:install

As described on the Underlying Test Case section, the Pest.php file is the place where all your uses should live.


The pest:test <name> Artisan command creates a new test in the tests/Feature folder:

php artisan pest:test UsersTest

Optionally, you can provide the --unit option to create the given test under the tests/Unit folder:

php artisan pest:test UsersTest --unit


The pest:dataset Artisan command creates a new dataset in the tests/Datasets folder:

php artisan pest:dataset Emails

As detailed on the Datasets section, datasets allow you to run the same test multiple times with different data.


As explained in the Underlying Test Case section, the usage of traits in Pest is possible with the uses function:


use App\User;
use Illuminate\Foundation\Testing\RefreshDatabase;


beforeEach(fn () => factory(User::class)->create());

it('has users')->assertDatabaseHas('users', [
    'id' => 1,

Keep in mind that you can avoid repeating the uses(RefreshDatabase::class) line in each of your tests by binding it in your Pest.php file.

Laravel Dusk

Pest can also work seamlessly with Laravel Dusk.

First, follow Dusk's installation instructions.

Then, add the "Browser" test suite under the <testsuites> tag in your phpunit.xml file:

    <testsuite name="Browser">
        <directory suffix="Test.php">./tests/Browser</directory>

Finally, instruct Pest to use DuskTestCase as the base test case for the Browser directory by adding the following code to your Pest.php file:

use Tests\DuskTestCase;


That's it! Now you can write Dusk tests using Pest's syntax:


use Laravel\Dusk\Browser;

it('has homepage', function () {
    $this->browse(function (Browser $browser) {

Note: You can still use Dusk's regular class-based syntax as you can do with any other tests.

Now, when you run pest you will see your Dusk tests as well.

Note: As for now, the Laravel plugin doesn't support Dusk's functions, so you'll have to use them with the $this variable as the example above shows.

Note: To run Pest on Lumen, you must first register the PestServiceProvider in bootstrap/app.php:


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