Inspect the your app's data, config and user input for issues

v1.1.1 2015-03-03 10:51 UTC


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Inspect your app's data, config and user input for issues.


  • Test customer databases for configuration issues
  • Test customer databases for inconsistencies / invalid data
  • Validate user input (find invalid email addresses, phonenrs, etc)
  • ... etc etc

The framework lets you write 'Inspections' for any type of data, and raise 'Issues' when needed.

The issues contain (translatable) user-level error messages, proposed solutions, and hyperlinks to fix the issue.


It is recommended to use composer to install Inspector:

composer require inspector/inspector "~1.0"

Alternatively you can add the following to the require section in your composer.json manually:

"inspector/inspector": "~1.0"

Run composer update afterwards.

How to use Inspector

Create an Inspection class

You can create a new Inspection class for each type of data that you want to inspect. For example a UserInspector

namespace Acme\Inspector\Inspection;

use Inspector\Inspection\InspectionInterface
use Acme\Inspector\Issue\UserWithoutPasswordIssue;
use PDO;

// As a convention, end the classname with "Inspection"
class UserInspection
    private $pdo;
    // Request dependencies from the container
    public function __construct(PDO $pdo)
        $this->pdo = $pdo;
    // The inspector will run all methods starting with `inspect`
    public function inspectPasswords(InspectionInterface $inspection)
        // Query for users without a password
        $res = $pdo->queryForUsersWithoutPasswords();
        // Loop through the results
        foreach ($res as $row) {
            // Instantiate a new issue for each user without a password
            $issue = new UserWithoutPasswordIssue($inspection);
            // Attach arbitrary data to the issue for later usage in the templates
            $issue->setData('username', $row['username']);
            $issue->setData('userid', $row['id']);
            // Add this new issue to the inspection

Create an Issue class

Each issue is described in it's own class, in this case UserWithoutPasswordIssue:

namespace Acme\Inspector\Issue;

use Inspector\Issue\IssueInterface;
use Inspector\Issue\BaseIssue

// An issue must implement the IssueInterface
// To simplify this, simply extend from the BaseIssue
class UserWithoutPasswordIssue extends BaseIssue implements IssueInterface
    // Optionally provide links to where to solve the issue
    public function getLinks()
        $links = array();
        $links[] = new Link('/users/' . $this->getData('userid') . '/resetpassword', 'Reset password');
        return $links;

Run inspections

use Inspector\Inspector;
use Inspector\Loader\YamlLoader;
use Inspector\Formatter\ConsoleFormatter;

// Create a new container, or reuse an existing one (Symfony DI, Pimple, etc)
$container = array(); 
$container['pdo'] = $myPdoHandle;

// Instantiate a new Inspector
$inspector = new Inspector($container);

// Use a YamlLoader to quickly import a suite of Inspections
$loader = new YamlLoader();
$loader->load($inspector, '/my/inspector/suite.yml');

// Run all the inspections

// Create a new formatter to display the output
$formatter = new ConsoleFormatter();

// Echo out the formatted inspector results
echo $formatter->format($inspector);

Creating a inspection suite file

You can define a set of inspections in a YAML file for quick loading and running. The YAML file supports includes, and lets you specify classnames that contain inspect methods:

    - other.yml
    - Acme\Inspection\UserInspection

Running inspections from the console

A console command is included, you can run it like this:

vendor/bin/inspector inspector:run path/to/my/suite.yml

It is possible to add more verbose output. Simply add -v or -vv

vendor/bin/inspector inspector:run path/to/my/suite.yml -vv

It is also possible to run a single inspection:

vendor/bin/inspector inspector:run My\\Inspection\\Class

This runs the inspection suite, and outputs the results to the console.

Running inspections on SQL databases

If your inspections need an SQL database connection, you can use the --pdoconfig=/path/to/config.ini option. The ini file should contain the server, name, username and password for your database. You can define which driver to use, which will default to mysql if omitted.

For example:



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