A lightweight snapshot testing plugin for PHPUnit

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A snapshot testing library for PHPUnit

Uses the generic snapshot library just-the-snaps.

Still under development! API may change!


composer require --dev sirbrillig/phpunit-just-the-snaps


Include the trait SnapshotAsserter in your test class to get access to the methods of this package.

use PHPUnitJustSnaps\SnapshotAsserter;

class MyTest extends \PHPUnit\Framework\TestCase {
	use SnapshotAsserter;

For this example, assume we have a function called getData() which returns an array.

public function testDataHasNotChanged() {
	$actual = getData();

The first time this code is run, the test will be marked as "skipped" and the data being tested ($actual) will be serialized to the file tests/__snapshots__/testThatFooIsBar.snap.

The second time (and all subsequent times) this code is run, it will compare the data being tested with the contents of the snapshot file and return true or false depending on if it is the same.

This will protect against any regressions in getData().

If the results of getData() change intentionally, then the test can be "reset" by simply deleting the snapshot file. The next time the test is run, it will re-create it as above.


JustSnaps will run json_encode() on any data before writing it to the snapshot file. If your data needs some manipulation before being written, you can create custom serializers.

Each serializer consists of two objects:

  1. A class implementing SerializerTester which has one function: shouldSerialize(mixed $data): bool. This function must return true if the serializer should modify the data.
  2. A class implementing SerializerPrinter which has one function: serializeData(mixed $data): mixed. This function can manipulate the data and then must return the new data which will be written to the snapshot file. Note that the data returned from serializeData() will still be passed through json_encode() prior to writing.

Here's an example of using a custom serializer to hide sensitive information.

use JustSnaps\SerializerPrinter;
use JustSnaps\SerializerTester;
use JustSnaps\Serializer;

public function addSecretSerializer() {
	$printer = new class implements SerializerPrinter {
		public function serializeData($outputData) {
			$outputData['secret'] = 'xxx';
			return $outputData;
	$tester = new class implements SerializerTester {
		public function shouldSerialize($outputData): bool {
			return is_array($outputData) && isset($outputData['secret']);
	$this->addSnapshotSerializer(new Serializer($tester, $printer));

public function testDataHasNotChanged() {
	$actual = [ 'foo' => 'bar', 'secret' => 'thisisasecretpassword' ];

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