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A mock request tool for web applications using the Slim PHP web framework

v1.0.4 2019-01-31 04:06 UTC

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A library to aid with the testing of web applications that use Slim PHP web framework.


  • PHP 7.1 or above
  • Tested against Slim >= 3.8.x.
  • Not currently tested against Slim >= 4.x.x


Installation will usually consist of adding the library to a project's composer.json file:

	"require": {
		"serato/slimulator": "^1.0"


The Slimulator is intended to aid in the testing of Slim web applications.

It provides an EnvironmentBuilder class for programmatially creating a PHP request environment, as well as modified Request and UploadedFile classes to work with a request environment created from the EnvironmentBuilder class.

This makes it simpler to create a complete Request object for testing purposes along with simplifying the process of mocking an entire Slim application request execution and inspecting the returned Response object.


Creating a request environment

Use Serato\Slimulator\EnvironmentBuilder to programmatically define a request:

use Serato\Slimulator\EnvironmentBuilder;

$envBuilder = EnvironmentBuilder::create()
	->addGetParam('var2', 'val2')
	->addHeader('Cache-Control', 'no-cache')
	->addCookie('my_session', 'session_vars');

Get an array representation from a Serato\Slimulator\EnvironmentBuilder instance (equivalent to the $_SERVER PHP superglobal):

use Serato\Slimulator\EnvironmentBuilder;

$envBuilder = EnvironmentBuilder::create()->setUri('http://my.server/my/uri?var1=val1');

$server = $envBuilder->getEnv();

Create a Slim\Http\Environment object from a Serato\Slimulator\EnvironmentBuilder instance:

use Serato\Slimulator\EnvironmentBuilder;

$envBuilder = EnvironmentBuilder::create()->setUri('http://my.server/my/uri?var1=val1');

$env = $envBuilder->getSlimEnvironment();

Adding a request entity body to a request environment

Request entity bodies can be added to PUT and POST requests. Different Content-Type are supported:

use Serato\Slimulator\EnvironmentBuilder;
use Serato\Slimulator\RequestBody\UrlEncoded;
use Serato\Slimulator\RequestBody\Multipart;
use Serato\Slimulator\RequestBody\Json;
use Serato\Slimulator\RequestBody\Xml;

// Create a request body using `application/x-www-form-urlencoded` encoding
$body = UrlEncoded::create(['var1' => 'val1', 'var2' => 'val2']);

// Create a request body with an `application/json` content type
$body = Json::create(['var1' => 'val1', 'var2' => 'val2']);
// Can also be created from a JSON string
$body = Json::create('{"var1":"val1","var2":"val2"}');

// Create a request body with an `application/xml` content type
$body = Xml::create('<xml><var1>val1</var1><var2>val2</var2></xml>');

// Create a multipart request body
$body = Multipart::create()
	->addParam('var1', 'val1') // Add a name/value pair
	->addFile('file1', '/my/local/file/path'); // Add a file

// Add the body to a request environment
$envBuilder = EnvironmentBuilder::create()

Adding an authorization scheme to a request environment

There are two convenience classes for adding commonly used authorization schemes to a request environment:

use Serato\Slimulator\EnvironmentBuilder;
use Serato\Slimulator\Authorization\BasicAuthorization;
use Serato\Slimulator\Authorization\BearerToken;

// Create a request environment that uses `Basic` authorization
$envBuilder = EnvironmentBuilder::create()
	->setAuthorization(BasicAuthorization::create('myuser', 'mypass'));

// Create a request environment that uses a `Bearer` token
$envBuilder = EnvironmentBuilder::create()

Creating a Request object from an EnvironmentBuilder instance

Serato\Slimulator\Request extends Slim\Http\Request by adding a static method that allows it to be created from an EnvironmentBuilder instance:

use Serato\Slimulator\EnvironmentBuilder;
use Serato\Slimulator\Request;

$envBuilder = EnvironmentBuilder::create()->setUri('http://my.server/my/uri');
$request = Request::createFromEnvironmentBuilder($envBuilder);

Mocking a Slim application request execution

Once you have created a request environment using EnvironmentBuilder it's a simple process to simulate a complete Slim application request execution:

use Slim\App;
use Serato\Slimulator\EnvironmentBuilder;
use Serato\Slimulator\Request;

// Create the app...
$app = new App();
// ...and get the DI container
$container = $app->getContainer();

// Create an EnvironmentBuilder in the container
$container['environmentBuilder'] = function () {
	return EnvironmentBuilder::create()->setUri('http://my.server/my/uri');

// Replace the default `environment` in the container with our constructed
// environment created out of the EnvironmentBuilder instance
$container['environment'] = function ($c) {
	return $c->get('environmentBuilder')->getSlimEnvironment();

// And do the same for the container's default `request` object
$container['request'] = function ($c) {
	return Request::createFromEnvironmentBuilder(

// Add routes, middleware, handlers etc
// ...

// Get the `response` object by calling App::run with the `$silent` argument set to `true`.
$response = $app->run(true);