Gray Box Testing

    Gray Box Testing

    GRAY BOX TESTING is a software testing method which is a combination of Black Box Testing method and White Box Testing method. In Black Box Testing, the internal structure of the item being tested is unknown to the tester and in White Box Testing the internal structure is known. In Gray Box Testing, the internal structure is partially known.

    Elaboration

    Gray Box Testing involves having access to internal data structures and algorithms for purposes of designing the test cases, but testing at the user, or black-box level. Gray Box Testing is named so because the software program, in the eyes of the tester is like a gray/semi-transparent box; inside which one can partially see.

    Example

    An example of Gray Box Testing would be when the codes for two units/modules are studied (White Box Testing method) for designing test cases and actual tests are conducted using the exposed interfaces (Black Box Testing method).

    Levels

    Though Gray Box Testing method may be used in other levels of testing, it is primarily used in Integration Testing.

    Spelling

    Note that Gray is also spelled as Grey. Hence Grey Box Testing and Gray Box Testing mean the same.

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    Last Updated on September 17, 2020 by STF