Unit testing assemblies with internals

How do you unit test an assembly if the vast majority of its methods are declared “internal” (in C#)? Before today, I had no idea. Fortunately for me, one of my consultants had this exact problem last year. The solution:

[assembly: InternalsVisibleTo(“UnitTestAssemblyName”)]

Putting the following line in AssemblyInfo.cs for the assembly you wish to unit test makes everything declared “internal” available to UnitTestAssemblyName.

This is a vastly superior option to cloning the assembly you want to test and making all the internal members public.


  1. Rob Henry says:


    Nice. Thanks.

    Definitely needed for testing Internal classes and other members.

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