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14+ Best Mobile Automation Tools

April 20, 2017
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The numbers of users who access mobile applications are increasing every day. This has led to tremendous growth of mobile applications, both native and hybrid. To ensure that all such applications are properly tested on different devices and operating before they are shipped to production the testing team must opt for mobile automation to speed up their testing process and deliver stable builds in time. In this post, we would list 15 popular mobile automation tools which you can use to test your mobile applications on different devices and platforms.

1. Appium 

website: http://appium.io/

Appium is an immensely popular mobile automation testing framework which allows you to automate your tests on different mobile devices. You can use it to test native, hybrid as well as web applications on all major platforms namely Windows, Android & iOS. With Appium you can automate any mobile application using any language and framework, and access all APIs and test database entries from your test code. It is extremely easy to set-up and can be used to run your tests on emulators or actual devices.

2. MonkeyTalk

website: https://www.oracle.com/corporate/acquisitions/cloudmonkey/index.html

MonkeyTalk is another mobile automation tool which allows you to test native, web-based and hybrid applications on your Android or iOS devices. It is a free open source tool and you can use it to run your tests on emulators on actual devices. It can be used to create quality smoke tests or data-driven tests. You can either use the record-play feature to create tests or use Eclipse or Android Studio to create scripts of your own. Another advantage of MonkeyTalk is the test scripts used for automation can be easily read and can be curated as test cases.

3. UIAutomator

website: https://developer.android.com/topic/libraries/testing-support-library/index.html#UIAutomator

UIAutomator is a test framework which can be used to automate tests on system applications and native applications. This framework is meant only for Android and is best suited for writing black-box automated tests. By using UIAutomatorViewer you can even monitor the executions and examine test results as each test progresses. The framework provides you a set of APIs which you can use to create such automated tests.

4. Calabash

website: http://calaba.sh/

Calabash is a great tool to automate native and web applications on iOS and Android devices. It is a free tool and allows your tests to imitate different user gestures on your applications. You can even assert different elements and grab screenshots whenever a test fails. By using Xamarin test cloud with Calabash, you can run your automation scripts on over 1000 devices. Calabash also supports Cucumber, which allows you to create easily readable and maintainable test scripts which can be referred by technical and non-technical users.

5. iOS driver

website: https://ios-driver.github.io/ios-driver/

Using iOS driver you can automate native, hybrid and web applications on iOS devices. It uses Selenium WebDriver API to execute various tests and can be integrated with Selenium Grid to reuse any existing web automation classes. With Selenium Grid, you can also speed up the execution by running multiple tests parallel on actual devices or emulators. One good aspect of iOS driver is, there is no need for you to jailbreak your mobile or install any additional app to execute the automation tests.

6. Frank

website: http://www.testingwithfrank.com/

Frank is an automation test framework for testing web applications on iOS devices. It combines Cucumber and JSON, to execute different tests on the application under test. In spite of its many advantages, running scripts on real devices can be tough, so Frank is mostly used to run tests on emulators. By using Frank, you can ensure the stability of your application and also test its susceptibility to threats.

7. Robotium

website: https://code.google.com/p/robotium/

It is an open-source library meant for testing Android applications. Using this library you can test the user interface of web, native and hybrid applications. When Robotium is used along with TestDroid recorder, you can record different user actions and later play it back to automate your tests. TestDroid creates javaScript test scripts which are used for future test case executions. To further expand the usage of Robotium, you can use ExtSolo, a free extension library to add advanced user actions like multi-path dragging, auto-scaling for different resolutions and many other abilities.

8. KIF 

website: https://github.com/kif-framework/KIF

KIF is an open source framework which can be used for testing the UI of mobile apps. KIF stands for “Keep it Functional” and utilizes the accessibility APIs of iOS to automate different user actions. To create scripts in KIF, you must be familiar with Objective C. But recently Apple switched to Swift for the creation of scripts, but for this tool you have to stick, to Objective C. Thus one of the major disadvantages of KIF is its compatibility and whether or not any future support would be available.

9. Selendroid 

website: http://selendroid.io/

Selendroid framework is used to automate Android apps. You can use Selendroid to test an Android app without making any modifications to it. Such ease of use is derived from Selenium 2 and WebDriver API. With this framework, you can run your automated test scripts simultaneously on multiple devices or on emulators. It even allows device hot-swapping. With Selendroid, you even get an inspection component which allows you to inspect different UI components and record different UI states in the test scripts.

10. Squish

website: https://www.froglogic.com

The Squish GUI Testing Tool for automated testing of all kinds of cross-platform desktop, mobile, embedded and web applications. It supports for Behavior Driven Development (BDD) & Integrations into Test Management and CI-Systems with Powerful and reliable object identification and verifications Froglogic announced its 2018 plans for releasing Test Automation Solutions driven by Artificial Intelligence.  

11. MonkeyRunner

website: https://developer.android.com/studio/test/monkeyrunner/index.html

MonkeyRunner is used to test the UI and the functional layer of the application. It provides you an API to write scripts that would control the app from the outside. With the help of MonkeyRunner, you can run a Python program to install an application on the device or emulator and then send keystrokes and interact within it different ways. It even allows you to capture a screenshot and save them in the workspace. MonkeyRunner is best suited for running unit tests for different apps, but you can use it for other advanced purposes as well.

12. Ranorex 

website: http://www.ranorex.com/

Ronorex is the perfect automation tool for beginners and experts alike. It allows you to record and playback different user actions and even provides the flexibility to insert custom codes for advanced assertions and logical operations. Ranorex is easy to use and allows you to drag and drop different user actions according to the need of your test cases, while professional programmers can use dedicated APIs for VB.NET or C# to enhance their test scripts. You can use this tool to test your mobile applications on actual devices or emulators and even opt for Continuous Integration.

13. EarlGrey 

website: https://github.com/google/EarlGrey

It is an UI automation test framework for native iOS applications. EarlGrey allows you to create clean and organized tests and achieve enhanced synchronization for different user actions. The framework automatically synchronizes with the UI elements, network requests, and other queues while allowing you the freedom to provide custom delays wherever required. Such synchronized test cases enhance the stability of your tests and ensure that every user action is performed at the right moment. EarlGrey can be integrated with XCTest framework and Test Navigator, thus allowing you to trigger tests directly from the command line.

14. SeeTest Automation

website: https://experitest.com/mobile-test-automation/seetestautomation/

SeeTest automation from Experitest allows you to run automation tests on different mobile devices and emulators. The tool ensures that an app is tested on different mobile devices and ensures it compatibility on every device. It even has advanced peripheral testing features like GPS, Touch ID, camera, to name a few, which increases test coverage of the application under test. The tool can also be integrated with leading continuous integration tools like Jenkins so that automation tests can be scheduled and run without any human intervention.

15. EggPlant 

website: https://www.testplant.com/eggplant/testing-tools/eggplant-mobile-eggon/

EggPlant is a mobile automation tool which allows you to automate native, web-based and hybrid applications on actual devices as well as emulators. Using EggPlant you can automate your mobile applications on different platforms, namely, Windows, iOS, Android, and Blackberry. It uses iOS and Android gateway agents to trigger tests on different devices so that you can perform complete compatibility testing on different platforms at one go. EggPlant’s functional tests are based on imaged based element recognition which reduces efforts and makes cross-platform testing efficient.

About the author

arindam bandyopadhyay author

Arindam Bandyopadhyay is an automation tester with over 5 years of experience in software testing. While during the day he juggles between Eclipse and spreadsheets, at night he lets his fingers do the talking as he writes about anything and everything his paradoxical mind desires.

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