I hope this is the right place to post this sort of question.

I have a follow up question to this post. For a proof-of-concept app (before we hire a full-time translator) I need to translate the different labels for various software environments into Spanish. With my limited understanding of the language, I know that:

  • local environment = entorno local (I think?)
  • development environment = entorno de desarrollo
  • testing environment = entorno de pruebas
  • staging environment = entorno de pre-producción
  • demo environment = entorno de demostración
  • prod environment = entorno de producción

But how would you specify that the current environment is unknown? In English, I'm using the phrase "unknown environment". In Spanish, would that be "entorno desconocido", or is there a better translation?


  • Yes, "entorno desconocido" (also "ambiente desconocido") works perfectly.
    – Gustavson
    Dec 7, 2020 at 16:38
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    Sounds good to me. Want to write your response as an answer so I can accept it? Dec 7, 2020 at 17:03
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    @Gustavson "ambiente" is not the usual translation applied to a software development context.
    – RubioRic
    Dec 9, 2020 at 14:34
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    @RubioRic It depends on the country.
    – Gustavson
    Dec 9, 2020 at 15:19
  • @Gustavson Tienes razón
    – RubioRic
    Dec 9, 2020 at 15:37

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Both "entorno desconocido" and "ambiente desconocido" would be correct translation equivalents for "unknown environment".

  • Based on @RubioRic's comment, I'm gunna go with "entorno desconocido". Thanks! Dec 9, 2020 at 15:01
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    @MathewAlden Both are used. es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caso_de_prueba: Ambiente de prueba/configuración: Contiene información acerca de la configuración del hardware o software en el cual se ejecutará el caso de prueba.
    – Gustavson
    Dec 9, 2020 at 15:21

the translation of "unknown environment" into Spanish would be "entorno desconocido"

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