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/

    # Tests with inline apps need to use Catalyst::Engine::Test
    package TestApp;

    use Catalyst;

    sub foo : Global {
            my ( $self, $c ) = @_;


    package main;

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

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


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.

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


$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 a HTTP::Response object.

    my $res = request('foo/bar?test=1');


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

Works exactly like Catalyst::Test::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.


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


Catalyst Contributors, see


This program is free software, you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.