Wherever I can, I like to develop software following a Test Driven Development (TDD) approach. Usually, in PHP that means using PHPUnit.

Ideally, I would like to write both fine and coarse-grained tests. Unittests to help guide the design and quality of my code, integration tests to make sure it all hangs together and high-level outside in acceptance tests to make sure I actually deliver what my customer has asked me to deliver.

Are there any test frameworks out there tailored for Magento which facilitate TDD?

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We are using the EcomDev_PHPUnit extension which allows you to test almost everything in Magento without modifying any core files.

I recommend the dev branch which is currently more stable than the master.

We also have experience with Mage-Test, but can not recommend it, because it overwrites some core files in the community codePool.

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    Yup, I can vouch for that one. We're using it, too.
    – nevvermind
    Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 8:34
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    EcomDev_PHPUnit I think is the most widely used. +1 on the dev branch. At the last Magento hackathon we put together github.com/magento-hackathon/MageBehat if you want to run browser based integration tests. Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 9:11
  • Thanks for the answer Tobias, any chance you could roll-up any other test frameworks you know of for Magento into your answer too? Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 9:35
  • Totally. It's not very hard to bootstrap Magento into a test framework. I like to keep things simple and light, so I rarely use anything but plain PHPUnit with Magento 1. For me no extra Magento testing framework turned out to be simpler and easier.
    – Vinai
    Commented Jun 16, 2016 at 21:03

If you want something very simple and quick to setup, take a look at Testify

I used it in one of my projects to quickly test Model and Helper methods. For an example on how to run it with Magento, check: https://github.com/erfanimani/Ezimport/blob/master/tests/test.php

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    That's great, it's like silex for testing! Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 9:32

You could also look at extending the Magento Test Automation Framework which has over 1000 functional tests and which is used to check Magento Community Edition's nightly builds http://www.magentocommerce.com/blog/comments/automate-your-testing-with-the-magento-test-automation-framework/

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