Laravel: How to enable stacktrace error on PhpUnit

I have a fresh installation of laravel 5.4

I've tried to modify the default test just to see a failing test.


class ExampleTest extends TestCase
     * A basic test example.
     * @return void
    public function testBasicTest()
        $response = $this->get('/ooops');


I was expecting to see more detailed error like no route has been found or defined etc, but instead just this error saying

Time: 1.13 seconds, Memory: 8.00MB

There was 1 failure:

1) Tests\Feature\ExampleTest::testBasicTest
Expected status code 200 but received 404.
Failed asserting that false is true.


Its really hard to do TDD without meaningful error (yeah I know 404 in this case is enough, but most of the time its not the case).

Is there a way to enable the stacktrace the same as the one displayed on the browser? Or at least closer to that one so that I know what's the next step I should do.

Thanks in advance.


  • For Laravel 5.4 you can use disableExceptionHandling method presented by Adam Wathan in this gist (source code below)

    Now if you run in your test:


    you should get full info that will help you to find the problem.

    For Laravel 5.5 and up you can use withoutExceptionHandling method that is built-in into Laravel

    Source code of Adam Wathan's gist

    namespace Tests;
    use App\Exceptions\Handler;
    use Illuminate\Contracts\Debug\ExceptionHandler;
    use Illuminate\Foundation\Testing\TestCase as BaseTestCase;
    abstract class TestCase extends BaseTestCase
        use CreatesApplication;
        protected function setUp()
             * This disables the exception handling to display the stacktrace on the console
             * the same way as it shown on the browser
        protected function disableExceptionHandling()
            $this->app->instance(ExceptionHandler::class, new class extends Handler {
                public function __construct() {}
                public function report(\Exception $e)
                    // no-op
                public function render($request, \Exception $e) {
                    throw $e;