Testing with Authentication

With the authentication middleware active in your application you’ll need to simulate authentication credentials in your integration tests. Based on the type of authentication you’re using you will need to simulate credentials differently. Lets review a few more common types of authentication.

Session based authentication

Session based authentication requires simulating the User data that normally would be found in the session. In your test cases you can define a helper method that lets you ‘login’:

protected function login($userId = 1)
{
    $users = TableRegistry::getTableLocator()->get('Users');
    $user = $users->get($userId);
    $this->session(['Auth' => $user]);
}

In your integration tests you can use login() to simulate a user being logged in:

public function testGet()
{
    $this->login();
    $this->get('/bookmarks/1');
    $this->assertResponseOk();
}

Token based authentication

With token based authentication you need to simulate the Authorization header. After getting valid token setup the request:

public function testGet()
{
    $token = $this->getToken();
    $this->configRequest([
        'headers' => ['Authorization' => 'Bearer ' . $token]
    ]);
    $this->get('/api/bookmarks');
    $this->assertResponseOk();
}