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Posted April 2, 2019

Types of Software Testing

Here we look at a list of the most common types of software testing to consider when developing your testing strategy.


Continuous testing is a hot topic for teams that are interested in achieving true CI/CD. One of the core tenants of continuous testing is testing throughout the pipeline. But there are a number of different types of software testing. So, it is important to consider each software testing type when integrating quality throughout your pipeline. 

Below is a list of the most common types of software testing to consider when developing your testing strategy:

  • Functional Testing - This type of testing is focused on the experience of your users. From testing small components of code, to full end-to-end testing of the UI, functional tests ensure that your application works as expected. It helps prevent issues limiting users from accessing your application.

  • Load Testing - Closely related to stress testing, load testing is concerned with understanding how software performs under an extreme workload. Essentially, it determines how much volume your software can take until it breaks.

  • Security Testing - This type of testing determines how safe your software is from both internal and external threats. It also ensures that any authorization and authentication processes are strong enough to withstand any malicious activity.

  • Accessibility Testing - Considered a subset of functional testing, accessibility testing checks to see if an app is accessible for differently-abled groups. This could include deaf, color blind, mentally disabled, and other groups. These tests involve checks for font sizes, color contrasts, and more.

  • Exploratory Testing - This testing type is performed informally by most teams, and is one type of testing that is majority manual. This where developers or testers look for creative ways to break the application and discover new bugs that could be troublesome for users.

This list is not all-inclusive, but instead gives you a good idea of the different types of testing you should consider when building new software for your users.

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