What is Static Testing?

Under Static Testing, code is not executed. Rather it manually checks the code, requirement documents, and design documents to find errors. Hence, the name "static".

The main objective of this testing is to improve the quality of software products by finding errors in the early stages of the development cycle. This testing is also called a Non-execution technique or verification testing.

Static testing involves manual or automated reviews of the documents. This review is done during an initial phase of testing to catch Defect early in STLC. It examines work documents and provides review comments

Examples of Work documents-

  • Requirement specifications
  • Design document
  • Source Code
  • Test Plans
  • Test Cases
  • Test Scripts
  • Help or User document
  • Web Page content           

What is Dynamic Testing?

Under Dynamic Testing, a code is executed. It checks for functional behavior of software system, memory/cpu usage and overall performance of the system. Hence the name "Dynamic"

The main objective of this testing is to confirm that the software product works in conformance with the business requirements. This testing is also called an Execution technique or validation testing.

Dynamic testing executes the software and validates the output with the expected outcome. Dynamic testing is performed at all levels of testing and it can be either black or white box testing.

Static Testing Vs Dynamic Testing

Static Testing Techniques:

  • Informal Reviews: This is one of the type of review which doesn't follow any process to find errors in the document. Under this technique, you just review the document and give informal comments on it.
  • Technical Reviews: A team consisting of your peers,   review the technical specification of the software product and checks whether it is suitable for the project. They try to find any discrepancies in the specifications and standards followed. This review concentrates mainly on the technical documentation related to the software such as Test Strategy, Test Plan and requirement specification documents.
  • Walkthrough: The author of the work product explains the product to his team. Participants can ask questions if any.  A meeting is led by the author. Scribe makes note of review comments
  • Inspection: The main purpose is to find defects and meeting is led by a trained moderator. This review is a formal type of review where it follows a strict process to find the defects. Reviewers have a checklist to review the work products.They record the defect and inform the participants to rectify those errors.
  • Static code Review: This is a systematic review of the software source code without executing the code. It checks the syntax of the code, coding standards, code optimization, etc. This is also termed as white box testing.This review can be done at any point during development.

Dynamic Testing Techniques:

Static Testing Vs Dynamic Testing

  • Unit Testing: Under Unit Testing, individual units or modules are tested by the developers. It involves testing of source code by developers.
  • Integration Testing: Individual modules are grouped together and tested by the developers. The purpose is to determine what modules are working as expected once they are integrated.
  • System Testing: System Testing is performed on the whole system by checking whether the system or application meets the requirement specification document.

Also, Non-functional testing like performance, Security Testing fall under the category of dynamic testing.

Difference between Static and Dynamic Testing:

Static Testing Vs Dynamic Testing

Static Testing

Dynamic Testing

Testing was done without executing the program Testing is done by executing the program
This testing does the verification process Dynamic testing does the validation process
Static testing is about prevention of defects Dynamic testing is about finding and fixing the defects
Static testing gives an assessment of code and documentation Dynamic testing gives bugs/bottlenecks in the software system.
Static testing involves a checklist and process to be followed Dynamic testing involves test cases for execution
This testing can be performed before compilation Dynamic testing is performed after compilation
Static testing covers the structural and statement coverage testing Dynamic testing covers the executable file of the code
Cost of finding defects and fixing is less Cost of finding and fixing defects is high
Return on investment will be high as this process involved at an early stage Return on investment will be low as this process involves after the development phase
More reviews  comments are highly recommended for good quality More defects are highly recommended for good quality.
Requires loads of meetings Comparatively requires lesser meetings


Verification and Validation are two measures used to check that the software product meets the requirements specifications. Static testing involves verification whereas dynamic testing involves validation. Together they help improve software quality. Learn more about Verification & Validation here