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Google Test
Stable release
1.14.0[1] / August 2, 2023; 8 months ago (2023-08-02)
Written inC++
Operating systemLinux, Microsoft Windows, macOS
TypeUnit testing tool
LicenseBSD 3-clauses Edit this on Wikidata

Google Test, often referred as gtest, is a specialized library utilized to conduct conducting unit testing within the context of the C++ programming language. This library operates under the terms of the BSD 3-clause license,[2] which dictates the terms of its usage and distribution. Google Test is structured based on the xUnit architecture, a systematic methodology for assessing software components.[3]

Google Test can be compiled for a diverse range of computer systems, encompassing those employing POSIX, a set of standard operating system interfaces, as well as the Microsoft Windows platform. This adaptability facilitates the execution of unit tests on both C and C++ codebases, with minimal alterations required in the source code[citation needed].

Projects using Google Test

Besides being developed and used at Google, many other projects implement Google Test as well:

Related tools

Google Test UI is a software tool for testing computer programs, and serves as a test runner, employing a 'test binary' to evaluate software functionality. It visually presents the testing progress through a progress bar and displays a list of identified issues or 'test failures'. The tool is primarily written in C#.[7] A Visual Studio extension, Google Test Adapter, complements its functionality within the Visual Studio environment.[8] In the domain of software testing, a "test binary" is a compiled program responsible for executing tests and analyzing their results.

See also


  1. ^ Google Test v1.14.0 release notes, retrieved 2023-11-29
  2. ^ Google Test's repository, retrieved 2016-04-12, cites New BSD as license. The license file is at
  3. ^ A quick introduction to the Google C++ Testing Framework, Arpan Sen, IBM DeveloperWorks, 2010-05-11, retrieved 2016-04-12
  4. ^ Android Native tests
  5. ^ The ament_cmake Repository
  6. ^ Gromacs Testing Framework
  7. ^ Google Test UI retrieved 2016-04-12
  8. ^ Soltenborn, Christian (12 August 2022). "GoogleTestAdapter". GitHub.

Further reading