Parallel Plugin


By default, Pest executes your tests sequentially within a single process. However, you may save a lot of time by using the Parallel plugin, which allows you to run tests simultaneously across multiple processes.

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Install the Parallel Plugin via the Composer package manager:

1composer require pestphp/pest-plugin-parallel --dev --with-all-dependencies


Once installed, running your tests in parallel is as simple as using the --parallel or -p option with the standard pest command:

1./vendor/bin/pest --parallel
3# Shorthand...
4./vendor/bin/pest -p

By default, the Parallel plugin will consume as many processes as you have CPU cores on your computer. You can always tweak this manually with the --processes option:

1# Use 8 processes to run the test suite
2./vendor/bin/pest --parallel --processes=8

The parallel plugin has been fine-tuned to work seamlessly with other Pest options. For example, displaying test coverage is identical to running Pest normally:

1./vendor/bin/pest --parallel --coverage --min=90


Note: For a seamless experience, make sure you're running Laravel 8.55.0 or higher.

If you're used to running your Laravel test suite with php artisan test --parallel, you don't need to do anything else. Pest is intelligent enough to detect that you want to run your Pest tests instead of PHPUnit tests.

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