Custom helpers

While Pest is very powerful out-of-the-box, you may have some testing code specific to your project that you don't want to repeat in every test.

Creating custom helpers can improve readability and reduce the amount of code of your test suite.


By default, Pest autoloads the tests/Helpers.php file. In this file, you can place your custom helpers. Of course, if those helpers are specific to a test file, you can place them inside of that test file only.

For example, imagine that you want to make a custom helper for the actingAs Laravel helper:

<?php // tests/Helpers.php

namespace Tests;

use Illuminate\Contracts\Auth\Authenticatable;

 * Set the currently logged in user for the application.
 * @return TestCase
function actingAs(Authenticatable $user, string $driver = null)
    return test()->actingAs($user, $driver);

TIP: use the test function without any arguments to get access to the current test case.

Now, you can use the actingAs helper in your tests:


use function Tests\actingAs;

it('redirects to user profile', function () {
    $user = factory(User::class)->create();


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