Catalyst::Test - Test Catalyst Applications


    # Helper

    # Tests
    use Catalyst::Test 'TestApp';
    my $content  = get('index.html');           # Content as string
    my $response = request('index.html');       # HTTP::Response object
    my($res, $c) = ctx_request('index.html');      # HTTP::Response & context object

    use HTTP::Request::Common;
    my $response = request POST '/foo', [
        bar => 'baz',
        something => 'else'

    # Run tests against a remote server
    CATALYST_SERVER='http://localhost:3000/' prove -r -l lib/ t/

    use Catalyst::Test 'TestApp';
    use Test::More tests => 1;

    ok( get('/foo') =~ /bar/ );

    # mock virtual hosts
    use Catalyst::Test 'MyApp', { default_host => '' };
    like( get('/whichhost'), qr/served by );
    like( get( '/whichhost', { host => '' } ), qr/served by );
        local $Catalyst::Test::default_host = '';
        like( get('/whichhost'), qr/served by );


This module allows you to make requests to a Catalyst application either without a server, by simulating the environment of an HTTP request using HTTP::Request::AsCGI or remotely if you define the CATALYST_SERVER environment variable. This module also adds a few Catalyst-specific testing methods as displayed in the method section.

The get and request functions take either a URI or an HTTP::Request object.


While it used to be possible to inline a whole testapp into a .t file for a distribution, this will no longer work.

The convention is to place your Catalyst test apps into t/lib in your distribution. E.g.: t/lib/, t/lib/TestApp/Controller/, etc.. Multiple test apps can be used in this way.

Then write your .t files like so:

    use strict;
    use warnings;
    use FindBin '$Bin';
    use lib "$Bin/lib";
    use Test::More tests => 6;
    use Catalyst::Test 'TestApp';


$content = get( ... )

Returns the content.

    my $content = get('foo/bar?test=1');

Note that this method doesn't follow redirects, so to test for a correctly redirecting page you'll need to use a combination of this method and the request method below:

    my $res = request('/'); # redirects to /y
    warn $res->header('location');
    use URI;
    my $uri = URI->new($res->header('location'));
    is ( $uri->path , '/y');
    my $content = get($uri->path);

$res = request( ... );

Returns an HTTP::Response object. Accepts an optional hashref for request header configuration; currently only supports setting 'host' value.

    my $res = request('foo/bar?test=1');
    my $virtual_res = request('foo/bar?test=1', {host => ''});


($res, $c) = ctx_request( ... );

Works exactly like request, except it also returns the Catalyst context object, $c. Note that this only works for local requests.

$res = Catalyst::Test::local_request( $AppClass, $url );

Simulate a request using HTTP::Request::AsCGI.

$res = Catalyst::Test::remote_request( $url );

Do an actual remote request using LWP.


Fetches the given URL and checks that the request was successful.


Fetches the given URL and checks that the request was a redirect.


Fetches the given URL and checks that the request was not found.

content_like( $url, $regexp [, $test_name] )

Fetches the given URL and returns whether the content matches the regexp.


Check for given MIME type.


Catalyst, Test::WWW::Mechanize::Catalyst, Test::WWW::Selenium::Catalyst, Test::More, HTTP::Request::Common


Catalyst Contributors, see


This library is free software. You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.