Espresso is great test framework from Google. It allows you to test your UI in very flexible and effective way but there is one problem - it requires sources to build a test.

Why this can be a problem for you:

  • If the tests are developed by developers themselves, you are ok. But what if the tests are developed by QA team that does not have access to sources?
  • Moreover if a test developers are third party, you probably do not want to give them access to sources.
  • Also it is good practice to test against APK that will be deployed to the customers, and not against some debug APK version. In such case you should have ability to compile tests against this APK (not against existing sources).

So in common, when QA are dealing with test they are more working from "black box" perspective and when developers are developing tests they are relaying more to internal code structure ("white box" test). And current support of "black box" testing with Espresso in Android Studio is not the best now.

Espresso Back Box is intended to resolve this problem and add ability to create, compile and run the Espresso tests against APK (without access to sources). This is an Android Studio plugin that add Espresso "black box" testing capabilities to Android Studio.


You can install plugin into your Android Studio from central repository:

  1. Open the Settings dialog (e.g. Ctrl+Alt+S).
  2. In the left-hand pane, select Plugins.
  3. On the Plugins page that opens in the right-hand part of the dialog, click the Browse repositories button.
  4. In the dialog that opens, find Espresso Black Box plugin, right-click it and select Install plugin.
  1. Note that when looking for the Espresso Black Box plugin, you can filter the plugin list and also to perform a search.
  2. Confirm your intention to download and install the selected plugin.
  3. Click Close.
  4. Click OK in the Settings dialog and restart Android Studio for the changes to take effect.
You can also download plugin directly from this site and use "Install plugin from disk" button to install it.

How to buy

You must have a license to use the plugin. You can request trial license and use if for a month for free or you can buy a license.

The price is $49 per developer for 1 year subscription. So you should buy the license for each developer who is using the plugin. And you will receive 1 year subscription that includes all updates during this year.

Volume discounts also available:

Quantity      Unit price
1 - 2 $49.00
3 - 5 $45.00
6 - 10 $40.00
11 - 30 $35.00
31 - 50 $30.00

If you want to buy a license for more then 50 users or you have any other questions, please contact

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Contact & Support

See online help to find out how to use the plugin.

Support is available by email


We will appreciate any feedback and will make as much as possible to fix all found issues. Thanks a lot for using of this plugin.

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