In case you are creating your own GraphQL module for OXID eShop, you might want to consider using the oxid-esales/graphql-module-skeleton which comes with a lot of best practices already applied.

Coding guidelines

To enforce coding standards in the project we use PHP-CS-Fixer with a very strict rule set that you can find in the .php_cs.dist file in all our GraphQL modules. The rule set not only enforces PSR-12 but also file level comments, ordering of methods, short array syntax and so on.

You can just take the distributed version and discuss with your team to fit the rule set to your needs.

Static code analysis

As it is a good thing ™ and GraphQL is fully typed anyway, we decided to also go fully typed on all of our source code. All PHP files have declare(strict_types=1); set.

In order to proof that we are using all types correct, we can take advantage of static code analyzers. We choose to use PHPStan, so it comes prepacked and configured, but please feel free to use anything that fits your needs.

For PHPStan to work, we added a preconfigured phpstan.neon configuration file, as well as the OXID eShop as a dev dependency.

Dependencies between software layers

As you might have already read in the Architecture docs, we are using a layered architecture, aka Hexagonal or Ports and Adapters. To help us not violating the boundaries of each layer, we use Deptrac to validate how our layers are depending on each others. You can find a pre configured depfile.yml in our GraphQL modules, also in the module skeleton.

To run it, just run deptrac in the root folder of the module.

Unit testing

To write unit tests, we included PHPUnit in the composer.json’s dev dependencies. As unit tests should not depend on anything outside, nothing special applies here.

Integration testing

You have two ways to write integration tests for your GraphQL module, see below. Those tests need the Shop to be setup and your module alongside the GraphQL Base module installed. You can run them via vendor/bin/runtests or (for Codeception) via vendor/bin/runtests-codeception.

Using PHPUnit

You can extend from the GraphQL base modules OxidEsales\GraphQL\Base\Tests\Integration\TestCase or OxidEsales\GraphQL\Base\Tests\Integration\TokenTestCase in order to build integration tests for GraphQL queries you’d like to test.


 * Copyright © OXID eSales AG. All rights reserved.
 * See LICENSE file for license details.


namespace Full\Quallified\Namespace\Tests\Integration\Context\Controller;

use OxidEsales\GraphQL\Base\Tests\Integration\TokenTestCase;

final class SampleTest extends TokenTestCase
    public function testGetSingleActiveActionWithoutProducts(): void
        $result = $this->query('
            query {
                token (username: "admin", password: "admin")


        // assert that $result['body']['data']['token'] is a valid JWT

The TestCase class exports the following methods for you to use:


query(string $query, ?array $variables = null, ?string $operationName = null): array

Send the GraphQL query in $query to the OxidEsales\GraphQL\Base\Framework\GraphQLQueryHandler implementation an returns the result as an array.


protected static function beforeContainerCompile(): void

If you need to inject something into the container before it is compiled, you can override this method in you test case.

The TokenTestCase extends the TestCase and adds handling for auth tokens


protected function setAuthToken(string $token): void

Set the JWT in $token to be used with the next queries.

Using Codeception

In the GraphQL module skeleton you may also find a pre configured setup to use Codeception to write your integration tests. As this testing is just against and HTTP API, there is no need to run a headless browser, so the acceptance.suite.yml is pretty slim and tests are pretty fast.

# suite config
actor: AcceptanceTester
path: Acceptance
        - \Full\Quallified\Namespace\Tests\Codeception\Helper\Acceptance
        - REST:
            url: '%SHOP_URL%'
            depends: PhpBrowser
            part: Json

 * Copyright © OXID eSales AG. All rights reserved.
 * See LICENSE file for license details.


namespace Full\Quallified\Namespace\Tests\Codeception\Acceptance;

use Full\Quallified\Namespace\Tests\Codeception\AcceptanceTester;

class CategoryQueryCest
    public function testFetchSingleCategoryById(AcceptanceTester $I): void
        $I->haveHTTPHeader('Content-Type', 'application/json');
        $I->sendPOST('/graphql/', [
            'query' => 'query {
                token (username: "admin", password: "admin")
        // assert that result is a valid JWT


The module skeleton comes with a .travsi.yml file which will run the syntax check, PHP-CS-Fixer, PHPStan and the unit tests via PHPUnit in Travis-CI for for PHP version 7.1 to 7.4. Feel free to change this to your needs, or adapt to whatever CI service you are using.

Happy hacking!