Using Github Actions to setup CI/CD with Laravel (and MySQL)

November 11, 2019

At the time of the writing of this post, Github Actions is out of beta and will be available to everyone in November 13. It is a great option which can automate a lot of things. One of these things is to run your CI/CD pipeline (aka PHPUnit tests).

This blog post will show you how to configure Github actions to run your phpunit tests, how to deploy after your tests pass and a few other things. We’ll also show you how to connect to a database (MySQL, Postgres or SQLite) to run your test suite.

The first thing we’ll need is a docker container with PHP installed that is able to run our Laravel test suite. We, at KDG, put together a docker container specifically for this purpose. The docker container can be found at:

  • PHP 7.4: kirschbaumdevelopment/laravel-test-runner:7.4
  • PHP 7.3: kirschbaumdevelopment/laravel-test-runner:7.3
  • PHP 7.2: kirschbaumdevelopment/laravel-test-runner:7.2

The Github repository can be found at Laravel Test Runner Container. Please open issues or send pull requests if you find any libraries missing for your needs.

We also created this example repository which is using the setup mentioned below to run the test suite.

Alright, let’s get into it!

Setting up the Github Action

You might need to tweak a few things, but basically you should be able to just copy and paste the following configuration to your Github actions.


on: push
name: CI
    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      image: kirschbaumdevelopment/laravel-test-runner:7.3

        image: mysql:5.7
          MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD: password
          MYSQL_DATABASE: test
          - 33306:3306
        options: --health-cmd="mysqladmin ping" --health-interval=10s --health-timeout=5s --health-retries=3

    - uses: actions/checkout@v1
        fetch-depth: 1

    - name: Install composer dependencies
      run: |
        composer install --no-scripts

    - name: Prepare Laravel Application
      run: |
        cp .env
        php artisan key:generate

    - name: Run Testsuite
      run: vendor/bin/phpunit tests/

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