wp scaffold plugin-tests

Generate files needed for running PHPUnit tests in a plugin.

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The following files are generated by default:

  • phpunit.xml.dist is the configuration file for PHPUnit.
  • .travis.yml is the configuration file for Travis CI. Use --ci=<provider> to select a different service.
  • bin/install-wp-tests.sh configures the WordPress test suite and a test database.
  • tests/bootstrap.php is the file that makes the current plugin active when running the test suite.
  • tests/test-sample.php is a sample file containing the actual tests.
  • phpcs.ruleset.xml is a collenction of PHP_CodeSniffer rules.

Learn more from the plugin unit tests documentation.


The tests/bootstrap.php file looks for the WP_TESTS_DIR environment


The name of the plugin to generate test files for.
Generate test files for a non-standard plugin path. If no plugin slug is specified, the directory name is used.
Choose a configuration file for a continuous integration provider.
default: travis
– travis
– circle
– gitlab
Overwrite files that already exist.


# Generate unit test files for plugin 'sample-plugin'.
$ wp scaffold plugin-tests sample-plugin
Success: Created test files.