Difference between Alpha and Beta Testing

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Alpha and Beta testing are the two types of testing used to test software which are based on feedback from real customers using real products in real environments, but they are driven by distinct goals and processes.

Sr. No.KeyAlpha TestingBeta Testing
1PurposeAlpha testing basically focuses on finding bugs, and determine does the product work how it is expected to work.Beta testing ensures release readiness of the product and finds out up to what mark do customers like the product also help to find out the grey areas which need to be enhanced for better customer experience.
2Stage to performAlpha testing performed before Beta testing when product readiness is about 60-80% and can be tested by technical users.Beta testing performed after Alpha testing when the product is 80%-90% complete in the stage of the development process.
3DurationTotal Alpha phase to be 3-5x the length of the following Beta phase which estimated for 1-2 weeks per test cycle.Beta testing, on the other hand, performed for the duration of 3-6 weeks per test cycle with only 1-2 cycles.
4Tester TypeFor Alpha testing testers who are usually internal employees of the organization are involved.Beta testing is performed by Clients or End Users who are generally not employees of the same organization in which product is being developed or developed.
5Nature of acceptanceProduct features and functionality are being covered under Alpha testing while Reliability and Security Testing are not covered.on the other hand Reliability, Security and Robustness are the major focused area during Beta Testing.
6Techniques usedAlpha testing uses both white box and black box model for testing a product under which feature completeness is excluded.Beta testing typically uses black-box testing in which feature completeness is primarily included.
7Issue resolution.Issues or bugs found during Alpha testing are being got fixed by the developers in the same release on an immediate basis.Most of the issues or feedback that is collected from Beta testing will be implemented in future versions of the product.
Updated on 16-Sep-2019 11:14:19