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Code Coverage

At some point you want to review which parts of your application are tested well and which are not. Just for this case the CodeCoverage is used. When you execute your tests to collect coverage report, you will receive statistics of all classes, methods, and lines triggered by these tests. The ratio between all lines in script and all touched lines is a main coverage criterion. In the ideal world you should get 100% code coverage, but in reality 80% is really enough. Because even 100% code coverage rate doesn’t save you from fatal errors and crashes.

The required information is provided by SebastianBergmann\CodeCoverage, and you can use any of the supported drivers.

Driver Description
Xdebug Great for debugging, but too slow when collecting coverage
phpdbg Faster than Xdebug but inaccurate
pcov Fast and accurate, but no debug functionality — perfect for CI

Code Coverage Example

Coverage data can be collected manually for both local and remote tests. Remote tests may be executed on different nodes, or locally but running through web server. It may look hard to collect code coverage for Selenium tests or PhpBrowser tests. But Codeception supports remote codecoverage as well as local.


To enable code coverage put these lines in the global configuration file codeception.yml:

    enabled: true

That’s ok for now. But what files should be present in final coverage report? Pass an array of files or directory to include/exclude sections. The path ending with ‘*’ matches the directory. Also you can use ‘*’ mask in a file name, i.e. app/models/*Model.php to match all models.

There is a shortcut if you don’t need that complex filters:

    enabled: true
        - app/*
        - app/cache/*

Include and exclude options can be redefined for each suite in corresponding config files.

By default, if coverage is reported to be < 35% it is marked as low, and >70% is high coverage. You can also define high and low boundaries with low_limit and high_limit config options:

    enabled: true
    low_limit: 30
    high_limit: 60

By default, show all whitelisted files in --coverage-text output not just the ones with coverage information is set to false, config option:

    enabled: true
    show_uncovered: false

By default, show only the coverage report summary in --coverage-text output is set to false, config option:

    enabled: true
    show_only_summary: false

For further information please refer to the PHPUnit configuration docs

Local CodeCoverage

The basic codecoverage can be collected for functional and unit tests. If you performed configuration steps from above, you are ready to go. All you need is to execute codeception with --coverage option.

To generate a clover xml report or a tasty html report append also --coverage-xml and --coverage-html options.

php vendor/bin/codecept run --coverage --coverage-xml --coverage-html

XML and HTML reports are stored to the _output directory. The best way to review report is to open index.html from tests/_output/coverage in your browser. XML clover reports are used by IDEs (like PHPStorm) or Continuous Integration servers (like Jenkins).

Remote CodeCoverage

Local Server

If you run your application via Webserver (Apache, Nginx, PHP WebServer) you don’t have a direct access to tested code, so collecting coverage becomes a non-trivial task. The same goes for scripts that are tested on different nodes. To get access to this code you need xdebug installed with remote_enable option turned on. Codeception also requires a little spy to interact with your application. As your application runs standalone, without even knowing it is being tested, a small file should be included in order to collect coverage info.

This file is called c3.php and is available on GitHub. c3.php should be downloaded and included in your application at the very first line from controller. By sending special headers Codeception will command your application when to start codecoverage collection and when to stop it. After the suite is finished, a report will be stored and Codeception will grab it from your application.

Please, follow installation instructions described in a readme file.

To connect to c3 Codeception uses url config from PhpBrowser or WebDriver module. But URL of index with c3.php included can be specified explicitly with c3_url parameter defined:

    # url of file which includes c3 router.
    c3_url: ''

note: we can’t have multiple c3_url on same host difference only by port. Please, use alias of domain (i.e. frontend.test:8000,backend.test:8080) instead.

After the c3.php file is included in application you can start gather coverage. In case you execute your application locally there is nothing to be changed in config. All codecoverage reports will be collected as usual and merged afterwards. Think of it: Codeception runs remote coverage in the same way as local.

It’s possible to override the cookie domain set by Codeception during code coverage. Typical case for that is when you have several subdomains that your acceptance tests are visiting, e.g. and By default, Codeception will run code coverage only for the domain set in the url of the WebDriver/url (or c3_url if defined), thus leaving out other subdomains from code coverage. To avoid that and to include all relevant subdomains in code covereage, it’s advised to set as the cookie domain option:

    cookie_domain: ""

Remote Server

But if you run tests on different server (or your webserver doesn’t use code from current directory) a single option remote should be added to config. For example, let’s turn on remote coverage for acceptance suite in acceptance.suite.yml:

    remote: true

In this case remote Code Coverage results won’t be merged with local ones, if this option is enabled. Merging is possible only in case a remote and local files have the same path. But in case of running tests on a remote server we are not sure of it.

CodeCoverage results from remote server will be saved to tests/_output directory. Please note that remote codecoverage results won’t be displayed in console by the reason mentioned above: local and remote results can’t be merged, and console displays results for local codecoverage.

Working Directory (Docker/Shared Mounts)

If your remote server is accessed through a shared mount, or a mounted folder (IE: Docker Volumes), you can still get merged coverage details. Use the work_dir option to specify the work directory. When CodeCoverage runs, Codeception will update any path that matches the work_dir option to match the local current project directory.

Given a docker command similar to:

docker run -v $(pwd):/workdir -w /workdir...

Use the below configuration to allow coverage mergers.

    remote: false
    work_dir: /workdir

Remote Context Options

HTML report generation can at times take a little more time than the default 30 second timeout. Or maybe you want to alter SSL settings (verify_peer, for example) To alter the way c3 sends it’s service requests to your webserver (be it a local or a remote one), you can use the remote_context_options key in coverage settings.

            timeout: 60
            verify_peer: false

Context stream options are well documented at

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