Functional testing for critical software
Why choose RapiTest?
Requirements-based testing for Ada, C & C++ on-host & target
By automating test harness generation, execution, and results collection, RapiTest reduces the effort needed to apply requirements-based tests to your code. Flexible integration strategies ensure efficient verification, regardless of your target hardware.
RapiTest makes it easy to test your code in ways that other tools don’t, automatically handling testing for code elements such as private types and generics, and letting you write multithreaded tests that help you identify race conditions in your code.
Reduce test authoring effort through easy-to-use test formats
We believe that your time should be spent writing more tests, not debugging them. RapiTest makes it easy to write and review your tests through simple and easy-to-use testing formats. While easy to use, these let you write complex tests including structures such as loops or multithreading with ease.
It’s easy to get started writing tests for RapiTest with our range of tutorials, extensive documentation, and hands-on training.
Manage project artifacts with requirements traceability
Keep on top of your requirements coverage by linking your tests to their requirements. After importing requirements from your existing requirements management software, you can link each test to the requirements it addresses, letting you track your results against them.
Handy results views and exports let you keep track of which requirements your tests are passing for, which they’re failing for, and which you haven’t yet added tests for.
Simplify verification through integration with your continuous integration tool
Keep your verification on track by using RapiTest alongside your continuous integration tool. Collect unit test results and track your project’s progress over time with our integrations for Jenkins and Bamboo.
By analyzing your code with RapiTest on every new build, you can easily identify anomalies in execution time results as they happen.
Produce evidence for DO-178 and ISO 26262 certification
Get ready for DO-178C and ISO 26262 certification with our qualification kits. Our off-the-shelf qualification kits and qualified target integration service helps you on the road to qualifying your use of RVS.
Many features of RVS are qualified, including our instrumentation and coverage merging, which has saved customers like Collins Aerospace a huge amount of manual effort.
Functional testing Run functional tests of software at the unit, integration and system level.Discover this feature
Efficient test generation Reduce the time needed to write and execute tests.Discover this feature
Flexible test authoring Write simple and complex tests easily using user-friendly formats.Discover this feature
Requirements traceability Traceability between testing artifacts including requirements and tests.Discover this feature
Flexible stubbing Apply stub, mock, spy, fake and dummy behavior to functions.Discover this feature
White box testing Observe and test behavior while functions execute, not just at function boundaries.Discover this feature
Black box testing Run functional tests without modifying object code.Discover this feature
Support functions Write C or C++ support functions that are reusable across tests.Discover this feature
Access private objects Test and stub private objects without needing specific test code to expose them.Discover this feature
Race condition testing Test multithreaded, non-deterministic software and identify potential race conditions in your code.Discover this feature
Integrated testing format Write tests easily in a graphical editor that includes interactive help.Discover this feature
Spreadsheet format Write tests easily using a powerful spreadsheet format.Discover this feature
Scripting format Write tests using a powerful scripting format.Discover this feature
Automate testing on host and target Run tests on host computers and test rigs in continuous build environments.Discover this feature
Efficient integration workflow Configure integrations of RVS into your development environment quickly and easily.Discover this feature
Easily manage test runs Easily manage test runs to reduce testing effort.Discover this feature
Generate test templates Get started writing tests easily using a template test generator.Discover this feature
Automatically generate test vectors Automatically generate test vectors for C and C++ functions that handle numeric inputs.Discover this feature
Optimal Dataset Calculator Calculate and run the minimum set of tests to achieve identical coverage to a previous set of tests.Discover this feature
RVS Project Manager Take your test project from creation to completion with an intuitive user-interface.Discover this feature
Shared integration with instrumentation-based RVS tools After integrating one RVS tool to work a development environment, it is trivial to use others.Discover this feature
Portable test environments Multiple users can share the same test environment.Discover this feature
Easily configurable analysis Apply analysis settings easily using a friendly user interface.Discover this feature
Configurable export formats Export test results in a variety of formats.Discover this feature
Compare reports Compare reports from different builds to track project progress over time.Discover this feature
Customizable workflow Customize the RVS workflow to best meet your needs.Discover this feature
Automatically reformat spreadsheet tests Ensure that your spreadsheet tests maintain a consistent style with an automatic reformatting tool.Discover this feature
Template integrations Create and use template integrations to reduce your effort integrating RVS with your system.Discover this feature
Customizable color scheme Customize the color scheme used to display your results.Discover this feature
Comprehensive verification toolsuite One tool to meet all your software verification needs.Discover this feature
Timing analysis during unit testing Collect execution time metrics during unit testing to support timing optimization throughout the software life cycle.Discover this feature
Code viewer View code with syntax highlighting and color-coding of results.Discover this feature
Easily filter results Easily filter results to focus your analysis.Discover this feature
Visualize call dependencies Visualize the call dependencies in your code.Discover this feature
Advanced search function Search reports for specific elements using advanced queries.Discover this feature
Treemaps View coverage and hierarchy of code at a glance.Discover this feature
Integrate with existing build systems Collect data from almost any build system.Discover this feature
Compiler wrappers The recommended build integration strategy requires little if any change to the development environment.Discover this feature
Clone integration Copy the build system to build and test code with RVS.Discover this feature
Test what you compile Test code without modifying your existing executable code.Discover this feature
Jenkins Run RVS automatically through Jenkins to collect and archive results.Discover this feature
Bamboo Run RVS automatically through Bamboo to collect and archive results.Discover this feature
JUnit Display RapiTest results in Continuous Integration systems supporting JUnit.Discover this feature
Jama Connect® Integrates with your Jama Connect® traceability workflowDiscover this feature
Migrate tests from other tools Migrate tests from your existing test tool to use in RapiTest.Discover this feature
VectorCAST® Migrate VectorCAST® tests to use in RapiTest.Discover this feature
SCADE Test Test your SCADE models on-host and on-target through all phases of the verification lifecycle.Discover this feature
Legacy Ada testing tool A straightforward migration path helps you upgrade from a popular Legacy Ada testing tool.Discover this feature
Software Configuration Management Integration with Software Configuration Management tools ensures that files can be used across a team.Discover this feature
ReqIF format requirements Import requirements in ReqIF formats and export test pass/fail status and requirements coverage.Discover this feature
Flexible integration strategies Collect data from almost any embedded target with flexible collection strategies.Discover this feature
Multicore support Verify critical multicore systems.Discover this feature
Lauterbach debugger Collect verification data from Lauterbach debuggers.Discover this feature
iSYSTEM debugger Collect verification data from iSYSTEM debuggers.Discover this feature
C Support for C, Visual StudioTM, GCCTM, DiabTM and TASKINGTM compilers among others.Discover this feature
C++ Support for C++, Visual StudioTM, GCCTM, DiabTM and TASKINGTM compilers among others.Discover this feature
Ada Support for Ada 95, 2005 and 2012, GNAT ProTM and Green HillsTM compilers among others.Discover this feature
Mixed language support Support for mixed languages in the same code base.Discover this feature
Assembly Support for testing Assembly code.Discover this feature
Compiler extension editor Manage extensions to support non-standard programming languages with an interactive editor.Discover this feature
Flexible licensing options Select floating or node-locked licenses with annual or perpetual duration.Discover this feature
Floating licenses Floating licenses support multiple users and shared working environments.Discover this feature
Node-locked licenses Node-locked licenses support use of RVS within a limited geographical area.Discover this feature
Perpetual licenses License RVS for use indefinitely.Discover this feature
Annual licenses License RVS in annual increments.Discover this feature
Easy to get started Integration and learning resources help you get started verifying your code in no time.Discover this feature
Support Dedicated support service to resolve technical issues quickly.Discover this feature
Tutorials Learn how to get the most from our verification solutions with simple, interactive tutorials.Discover this feature
Training Get up to speed with custom training courses delivered by skilled field application engineers.Discover this feature
Documentation Learn how to use RVS features with comprehensive documentation in both printed and electronic formats.Discover this feature
Easily migrate to new versions Easily migrate to new RVS versions with guided migration help.Discover this feature
DO-178B/C qualification kit Qualification kits for RVS qualification in DO-178B/C projects.Discover this feature
ISO 26262 qualification kit Qualification kits for RVS qualification in ISO 26262 projects.Discover this feature
Qualified target integration service Additional evidence to qualify the use of RVS in your development environment.Discover this feature
Assurance issue notification We notify you of issues that may affect the validity of your results as soon as we identify them.Discover this feature
RVS tools can be used to analyze software run on any host operating system or embedded target (as long as a communication channel is available).
Windows 10 and 11
Windows Server 2016+
Variety of Linux distributions (including Ubuntu and Red Hat)
For older operating systems, contact us.
RVS tools can be qualified for use on all supported platforms.
RVS is designed to be independent of the target compiler. We have already deployed with the compilers in the list below and can quickly add new compilers as required by our customers.
RVS can be used on RTOSs used in the critical software industry. RVS has been used on RTOSs including the following:
AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform
AdaCore Ravenscar Profile
ESOL eMCOS - AUTOSAR Classic Platform & AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform
Green Hills Integrity
MICROSAR - AUTOSAR Classic Platform
RI850V4 - micro ITRON v4.0 OS
Wind River Helix & VxWorks
RVS tools can be used to analyze software run on any host operating system or embedded target (as long as a communication channel is available). The following is a non-exhaustive list of CPUs we have worked with.
Power Architecture (MPC5xx, MPC55xx, MPC56xx)
ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers (Kinetis E series, Kinetis K series, Kinetis L series, Kinetis M series, Kinetis W series).
56k DSP family
QorIQ (P2010, P2020, P4080, P5010, P5020, P5021, P5040, T2080)
PowerPC (PPC) implementations:
G2 (602, 603, 604, 620)
XC 2000 family
Tricore Aurix Gen2
Frequently asked questions
What is RapiTest?
RapiTest is the leading tool for functional testing of critical software.
Used globally in the aerospace and automotive industries, it reduces the cost of functional testing at all levels, including system, integration and unit testing.
As part of the RVS toolsuite, it forms part of a software verification solution that also includes tools for structural coverage analysis and worst-case execution time analysis.
How does RapiTest work?
RapiTest works by using input tests in a variety of formats and an understanding of the program structure achieved through dynamic analysis to produce test harnesses that it executes on the native build system to collect test results. When collecting data from hardware targets, data can be collected from almost any target hardware by a variety of approaches.
Which host operating systems can RVS be used on?
RVS tools support Windows 7 or newer, Windows Server 2008 R2 or newer, and a variety of Linux distributions including Ubuntu and Red Hat.
RVS tools can be used on projects with unsupported operating systems by using a clone integration to split the process and delegate parts of it to the unsupported machine.
Which hardware architectures do RVS tools support?
RVS tools can be integrated to work with almost any embedded target. Our engineers can work with you to determine the optimal strategy for integrating the tool with your target, even for multi-core architectures. For more information on the hardware architectures we have integrated RVS tools with, see the compatibility information on our RVS product pages.
Can I use RapiTest with my build system?
RapiTest can be integrated to work with almost any compiler and target hardware. Our integration service promises to deliver a robust integration of RapiTest into your build system.
Which languages does RapiTest support?
RapiTest supports C, C++ and Ada projects, including mixed-language ones.
My software is part of a product that must be certified against a safety guideline. Can RapiTest be qualified for use in my project?
RapiTest is designed to meet the most stringent needs of certification processes, such as the DO-178B/C process used in the aerospace industry and the ISO 26262 process used in the automotive industry. We can provide developer qualification documents, a template integration qualification report and on-site tests to support you in qualifying RapiTest in projects requiring certification.
How are my results presented?
RapiTest results are presented in a friendly user-interface. When you run a test, your results are displayed based on just the subprograms you tested, letting you quickly check your results against requirements.
You can also view RapiTest results in continuous integration software, allowing you to track your verification process over time.
How many tests can RapiTest run at once?
You can include as many tests as you want to in a single build on your target, subject to the resources available on your target and your data collection strategy. As with all our RVS tools, RapiTest has a very low overhead, meaning you can complete your test cycle in fewer builds than using other tools.
What kind of stubbing behavior does RapiTest support?
The test generation algorithms RapiTest uses are powerful and support generation of all types of stubs used in the industry, including stubs, mocks, fakes, spies and dummies.
How do I write tests for use with RapiTest?
RapiTest provides flexibility in test authoring by letting you write tests in the RapiTest Editor (an integrated testing interface), as spreadsheets or as scripts, with each format having advantages. You can also convert tests at any time between formats (though you cannot convert test scripts to other formats as they include more complex features). RapiTest is customizable to support existing or alternative test formats. If necessary, we can develop a converter for RapiTest to interpret tests written in your existing non-RapiTest format.
What types of testing does RapiTest support?
You can use RapiTest to generate code for testing both high- and low-level requirements, and it supports the generation of tests for various levels and definitions understood in the industry, such as unit, module, integration and system tests.
How do I learn more about RapiTest?
If you're interested in RapiTest in academia, you can search for it in the academic press.
How large a code base can RVS tools handle?
RVS tools are designed to handle very large code bases. Because of the efficient algorithms used by RVS tools, there is no fundamental limitation to the number of lines of code that RVS can process, and our RVS tools have been used on projects with millions of lines of code.
How are RVS products licensed?
We offer both “Node-locked” and “Floating” licenses, and a license server to support use of our tools in your specific development environment.
For more information on our licensing models, see our RVS licensing FAQs.
What happens if I encounter an issue while using an RVS tool?
All RVS licenses include access to our dedicated in-house support team, who will work with you to provide a rapid fix to your issue. This is a critical part of our vision. During 2021, we resolved 63% of our support requests within 7 working days and 93% within 30 working days. We also inform our customers of known issues via our website and email.
How do you support RVS users?
We provide an extensive set of RVS documentation with each of our products, and offer training courses guiding you through the most effective use of RVS tools. All our users can benefit from privileged access to our website, which includes downloads for new product releases.
How does RapiTest support my traceability workflow?
RapiTest supports your traceability workflow by interfacing with your requirements management and traceability software, allowing you to reuse information about requirements and test artifacts that you have already defined.
RapiTest’s part in the traceability workflow is simple, involving import, assignment, reporting and export.
You can import information about requirements and test artifacts in formats including Word, Excel, and the Requirements Interchange Format (ReqIF), which is compatible with many requirements traceability tools. If you’re using Jama Connect®, you can configure RVS to automatically pull in information on requirements or test artifacts from the software.
With this information in your project, you can tag your tests with the requirements they test and/or assign the test artifact IDs you use to identify each test uniquely.
After running your tests, RapiTest displays your requirements coverage and the status of each test tagged with each requirement, and lets you export your results in RapiTest exports. If you're using Jenkins or Bamboo, you can view your requirements coverage in each build and follow the trend in requirements coverage throughout your project.
If you’re using Jama Connect®, you can automatically export key information such as test pass/fail status back into the software, so you can continue to monitor your project’s traceability from Jama Connect.
Can I use RVS tools with my continuous integration environment?
RVS integrates with a range of continuous integration tools, allowing you to collect unit test, coverage and execution time results with every new build, track your verification progress over time and easily identify anomalies in your software's behavior as they are introduced.
RapiTest, RapiCover and RapiTime (including zero-footprint versions) include custom plugins to integrate with Jenkins and Bamboo. RapiTest and RapiCover results can also be displayed in a range of other continuous integration tools through the JUnit and Cobertura plugins, which are compatible with most continuous integration software.
How do I verify my software’s functional and temporal behavior when instrumentation has been applied?
We recommend that, when using RVS tools to perform functional testing of safety-critical applications for a final run-for-score, you run your full test suite both with and without coverage instrumentation applied, then confirm that the results match. This provides evidence that coverage instrumentation has not changed the functional behavior of your code.
Can I use RapiTest to test my SCADE Test tests on target?
Yes. RapiTest integrates with ANSYS® SCADE® Test™, letting you perform back-to-back testing of your SCADE models. By interpreting and executing your model-based tests against generated source code for both on-host and on-target testing, RapiTest improves efficiency by letting you reuse your SCADE tests through all phases of the verification lifecycle.
How does RapiTest help me write tests?
If you’re using the RapiTest Editor, RapiTest’s integrated testing interface, this provides guidance throughout the test authoring process, making it easy to set up new test vectors and stubs and including real-time error reporting and context-sensitive links to RapiTest’s user documentation.
RapiTest lets you quickly generate templates that you can use to write your tests. When generating templates, you can quickly link requirements to your tests, set input and expected output values for units under test and stubbed functions, and set configuration options.
RapiTest can also automatically generate test vectors to test functions that handle numeric inputs – this generates tests for the min, max, and optionally step values of the function under test.
How does RapiTest help me select which tests to run?
RapiTest makes it easy to select the tests you run with each build of the test harness. Test selection options in the RVS Project Manager help you to quickly select to run only new or modified tests, tests that are failing, tests for specific requirements, or any combination thereof.
If your code has changed, you can use the Optimal Dataset Calculator to automatically select the most efficient set of tests to run to achieve the same coverage you did in a previous report. This helps you quickly ensure that your coverage hasn’t been affected by the code changes before committing to running your full test suite.
Can you help me migrate my existing tests so they work in RapiTest?
We support the migration of unit tests produced for use with a variety of unit testing tools, including both commercial and internally developed tools, into RapiTest tests. We work with you to create a solution, which may be a combination of automatic test conversion, manual conversion by our engineers, and review.
The formats we can migrate unit tests from include, but are not limited to:
- VectorCAST® tests
- Legacy Ada testing tool tests
- Google® Test tests
For more information and to see how we can help you, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Google® is the trade mark of Google LLC.
VectorCAST® is the trade mark of Vector Software, Inc. registered in USA under number 4949992.
How long has RVS been used for software verification?
The Rapita Verification Suite (RVS) has been used in the critical embedded industry for over 15 years and supported a number of avionics projects globally. Qualification kits for qualified RVS products have supported more than 20 DO-178B and C certification projects up to and including DAL A.
Can you provide samples of tests written in different RapiTest formats?
Yes, we can. Contact us if you want to learn more.
How does RVS support Enterprise licensing?
Floating RVS licenses follow an “Enterprise” model. You can use them across geographical boundaries*, in different projects, with different users, and share them with suppliers working on the same project.
*Some floating licenses may be restricted to use within a specific geographical region. Where this is the case, this is agreed before licenses are issued.
Can I create and manage groups for my floating RVS licenses?
Yes, you can create and manage groups of users for your floating RVS licenses. You can restrict each group to only serve licenses to specific hostnames or IP addresses. This allows you to reserve licenses for specific groups or specific purposes such as supporting the use of RVS on a continuous integration server.
Any licenses that you don’t reserve will remain available as floating licenses that can be shared among different users and geographic locations.
How does RVS support the analysis of shared code compiled by build systems with multiple executables
RVS supports the analysis of shared code compiled by build systems with multiple executables by letting you specify the source files that will be compiled in each executable.
If you have functions that are declared in multiple components with the same name but have different definitions, RVS can treat each such function uniquely, for example to provide separate coverage in RapiCover and separate execution time results in RapiTime.
How can RVS help me understand my code base?
RVS analyzes the structure of your code and presents information on your code’s structure, helping you understand your code and its dependencies in a variety of forms such as the following:
- RVS analyzes the McCabe complexity of your code and presents the complexity of each code element, letting you easily identify code with high complexity.
- RVS Treemaps present the hierarchy of your code’s components and source files graphically.
- RVS lets you view and explore the call dependencies in your code.
How does RapiTest help me write complex or reusable test logic in my tests?
RapiTest lets you write support functions in C or C++ code that you can include in your RapiTest tests. These let you define reusable test logic to perform functions such as initialization or teardown, defining complex sets of checks, implementing complex stubs, and instantiating templates.
How can RapiTest let me test my unmodified object code?
RapiTest can let you test your unmodified object code. This capability can be set up as part of an RVS integration. For more information, contact us.