WordPress setup: Installed WordPress using VVV.

PHPUnit setup: I have setup the testing suite as mentioned in Pippin's blog. And accessing PHPUnit after logging into the box machine by using vagrant ssh.

Test case: I'm writing my test cases inside the /tests/ folder in the test-{my-plugin-filename}.php file.

function test_my_plugin_method() {
    $links = plugin_method();

Where I'm stuck?

When I run PHPUnit, I'm getting the following error.

Error: Call to undefined function plugin_method()

I have added the following line.

require_once( dirname( dirname( __FILE__ ) ) . '/plugin-file.php' );

But I believe I'm missing something. Any help would be much appreciated.

Edit 1:

I executed wp scaffold plugin-tests and then the following line as mentioned in Pippin's blog (refer above for link).

bash bin/install-wp-tests.sh wordpress_test root '' localhost latest

Finally I executed phpunit.


I haven't changed anything in the bootstrap.php file.


$_tests_dir = getenv( 'WP_TESTS_DIR' );
if ( ! $_tests_dir ) {
    $_tests_dir = '/tmp/wordpress-tests-lib';

require_once $_tests_dir . '/includes/functions.php';

function _manually_load_plugin() {
    require dirname( dirname( __FILE__ ) ) . '/my-plugin.php';
tests_add_filter( 'muplugins_loaded', '_manually_load_plugin' );

require $_tests_dir . '/includes/bootstrap.php';

Is the plugin_method() publicly available? Check whether it is a class method or belongs to a namespace.

If it belongs to a class, then you have to create an object of the class before you can call the method. Similarly if it is a namespace method, then you have to call the function with the full namespace.

  • Thanks @Sudar for the answer. The plugin_method is not publicly available and that's the reason why I was getting the error. Jul 5 '16 at 1:35

Can you show full code in your unit tests bootstrap file?

I am guessing the plugin would not be loaded properly, here is how it can be loaded as a mu-plugin when running tests.

Anyway, I would suggest you to use WP CLI's command wp scaffold plugin-tests to get started with tests quickly documented here.

  • Thanks for your comment. I have included the bootstrap.php code. Jun 30 '16 at 0:38
  • Please have relevant code in the answer instead of pointing people to external resource to read 4 lines of code. Jun 30 '16 at 3:32

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