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25+ Popular Automation Testing Tools

April 22, 2017
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Automation testing is a boon for the QA team. These tools help to reduce manual efforts and uplifts the efficiency of the testing team. With today’s fast-paced development techniques, more and more projects are opting for test automation. Such demand and popularity have lured many companies to create new automation frameworks and tools which are easy to use and maintain. In this post, we would talk about 25 popular automation testing tools from various vendors and what distinct advantages they provide. We have also provided the link for each of these tools so that you can find out more about them, and know whether it suits your needs and requirements.

1. Telerik Test Studio

website: http://www.telerik.com/teststudio

Test Studio provides a robust test automation solution for testing user interface, application load, performance and API testing. Using this tool you can target the automated testing of mobile, desktop and web applications. The latest features even allow you to test angular components. Using Elements Explorer, central location test elements from multiple tests can be referenced with ease. Test Studio even allows Continuous Integration with Source Control, which permits multiple QAs to check-in their changes independently without much effort. It has a strong support team and can be availed in different pricing options.

2. Selenium

website: http://www.seleniumhq.org/

It is used for automating web applications on different browsers and for testing APIs. Selenium is a free open-source tool and is used by numerous automation testers worldwide. Selenium has different components which have different utilities of their own. The different components are Selenium IDE, RC, Web Driver, and Grid. While IDE provides a simple record and plays approach, RC, Web Driver and Grid requires some scripting to be done by the QA. Using Selenium Grid, you can trigger different test cases on different machined at the same time.

3. Robotium

website: https://robotium.com/

It is an open source test automation framework for Android applications. Using Robotium Recorder plug-in for Android Studio or Eclipse, you can record test cases and execute them over an emulator or on an actual device. Robotium Recorder can be used to automate native as well as hybrid apps. It can be used on Linux, Windows as well as Mac OSX. It is easy to install and work with and boasts of a huge support from its developer community.

4. TestComplete

website: https://smartbear.com/product/testcomplete/overview/

TestComplete is a great platform to automate web applications, desktop applications, and mobile applications. You can easily create GUI tests on these platforms, by either using scripts or by dragging & dropping the required actions. TestComplete allows you to script using a number of different scripting languages, namely, JavaScript, Python, VBScript, JScript, DelphiScript, C++Script, and C#Script. You can setup your test environment on the cloud and use one or the other test frameworks to organize your scripts. You can even maintain different versions of your automation suites by integrating TestComplete with different source control systems like Git.

5. Watir

website: https://watir.com/

It is another free open automation testing tool which uses Ruby for creating automation scripts. Using Watir, you can automate any web application irrespective of the language it was developed in. Watir itself is pretty lightweight and can be used to automate a number of browsers on different platforms. Testers who have basic experience in Ruby can easily create automation scripts using Watir. The tool also has backing from a huge active community which helps other users to tackle any hurdles while working with it.

6. Visual Studio Test Professional

website: https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/test-professional/

Test Professional is a powerful test management and automated testing tool. It not only allows you to manage your test cases but also helps you to track their execution from a single location. Along with creating new tests, you can record and capture data to automate manual tests with varying inputs. It even has bug reporting capability and allows you to group your automated test in various suites. It can be used to automated web applications and can be easily configured for continuous delivery.

7. QTP (UFT)

website: https://saas.hpe.com/en-us/software/uft

Unified Functional Testing, formerly known as Quick Test Professional, is a product from Hewlett Packard. It is a robust tool for automating web application across different browsers and platforms. Using UTF, you can even automate mobile applications on different operating systems, namely Windows, iOS, and Android. It optimizes distributed testing and allows you to execute multiple tests simultaneously on different machines and devices. UTF uses image based element recognition displays test flows on a graphical canvas, allowing testers to manage and reorder different actions and the test flow. It is a paid tool and is known for its speed and reliability.

8. SoapUI 

website: https://www.soapui.org/

Automated testing is never restricted to testing the application using GUI, and often testers test the business layer by validating the responses of the different APIs. By using SoapUI, you would be able to test various REST and SOAP APIs being used in your application. This framework allows you to test the performance of these APIs and also test the security of third party and public APIs. This allows you to unravel any existing vulnerabilities of the APIs which in turn strengthens the application. The framework also increases testing coverage by incorporating data-driven testing and creates the report after execution to show the status of each API.

9. FitNesse

website: http://www.fitnesse.org/

FitNesse is an open source wiki server which can be used to keep track of specifications and create automated tests at the same time. To automate tests in FitNesse you need to create acceptance tests in wiki syntax or use its rich text editor. Then these tests are executed to ensure whether the software acts in lines of the mentioned acceptance criteria. The advantage of FitNesse is it doesn’t require any coding skill to create tests and thus can be used by different stakeholders to verify requirements.

10. TestDrive

website: https://www.origsoft.com/products/testdrive/

It’s an automation tool whose primary motive is to achieve rapid automation. Using TestDrive you can automate your web based applications and use it’s device emulators to automate web applications on different mobile devices. This tool adopts a no coding approach, thus allowing testers with no programming knowledge to aid in automation. It generates scripts at a rapid pace and also maintains the codebase automatically. Tests created using TestDrive are readable and can be used easily integrated with a CI build server.

11. TestingWhiz

website: http://www.testing-whiz.com/

TestingWhiz is another automated testing tool that doesn’t demand the need of any scripting or any prior programming knowledge. It is a robust tool and can be used to automate web-based applications, different software, databases, cloud, APIs and even mobile applications. It adopts record and plays feature to create a robust test suite which can be used for feature testing as well as for regression. TestingWhiz has the ability to test all layers of the application, namely front-end, business (APIs) and databases, thus providing a one-stop-solution for all your applications’ automated testing.

12. Ranorex

website: http://www.ranorex.com/

Ranorex provides you the capability to perform complete GUI testing of desktop, web and mobile applications using record and play. This takes the edge off the scripting efforts and results in automated test creation at a much faster pace. The tool also allows experienced testers to add their custom logic by using the tool’s inbuilt API in C# and VB.NET. You can even integrate Ranorex with leading defect tracking tool and opt for CI to further streamline overall QA process. You can avail different pricing options to get a licence for the tool and take help from their support staff if you face any issues.

13. 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.

14. Sahi

website: http://sahipro.com/

The company projects Sahi as the tester’s web automation tool, and they are probably right. The tool is packed with a number of features and then some more. With its record and play functionality you can automate any browser on any platform, be it desktop or mobile devices. It’s smart element locator coupled with intelligent wait statements makes your tests stable and takes care of inconsistent page loads on its own. You can parallel run different test suites on different browsers and get a rich report one the execution finishes.

15. Tosca Testsuite

website: https://www.tricentis.com/tricentis-tosca-testsuite/

The Tosca Testsuite helps you to speed up your automation testing process and get at par with the fast-paced Agile or DevOps methodologies. Continuous testing is the backbone of this tool and can be used to test web and mobile applications. It even allows you to design test data according to your specifications and generate them with ease. The Testsuite also allows you to manage your test cases and provides detailed reporting and at a glance view of it on its dashboard.

16. WatiN

website: https://qatestingtools.com/testing-tool/watin

WatiN stands for Web Application Testing In .NET. It can be used to automate web applications only on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. It even has record and play capability so that you can automate your tests without writing a single line of code. To use WatiN, you need to write your automation scripts in C# and use NUnit or Gallio Test Runner to execute all your test scripts. Using this tool you can automate GUI, functional and regression testing of your application. One of the major shortcoming of this tool is it doesn’t support other major browsers.

17. Test Odyssey

website: http://www.ekatechserv.com/

By using Test Odyssey, you can automate your application on any desired browser and operating system on the cloud. This tool has a hybrid framework which is build on top of Selenium, thus providing you a lot of flexibility to work with the automation scripts. With Test Odyssey, you can monitor the execution of each step and also execute multiple tests parallelly without writing a single line of code. It can even be integrated with leading defect management tools for seamless bug reporting and test management.

18. CloudQA

website: https://cloudqa.io/

This tool too supports codeless automation through record and playback feature. Using CloudQA, you can automate different web applications on the cloud and test it on different operating systems and devices. The tools also allow you to schedule your test suites so in order to eliminate any human involvement for test execution. You can even test various public, and third-party APIs using CloudQA. During test execution, if any bug is found, it can be easily logged in any bug tracking tool of your choice, once configured.

19. Runscope

website: https://www.runscope.com/

Runscope helps you to test the various APIs being used in your application. It provides you a detailed analysis of the health of each API and lets you know in case any API goes down. You can even assert the different responses from each APIs against each request made. Once configured for Continuous Integration, it can provide you the status of each API and raise a flag in case of any issue.

20. Katalon Studio

website: https://www.katalon.com/

Katalon Studio provides a smart automation solution. It’s simple package is capable enough to provide complete automation solution for automating web and mobile applications, on all leading browsers. The tool is easy to use and they also provide detailed tutorials so that you can get started with scripting without much delay. You can either use the IDE to build your custom scripts or simply use the record and play feature to record user actions and play it to execute each test case.

21. AccuRate

website: http://www.rapidvaluesolutions.com/accurate/

AccuRate test framework allows you to automate web, mobile and cloud apps without the need of much coding. You can use the zero-code scripting feature and use the existing 600+ different user actions to automate all user actions and create test suites at a faster pace which would meet the requirements of Agile or DevOps environment. This open-source framework can be easily integrated with popular third-party tools like Perfecto Cloud, AWS Device Farm etc. to immensely reduce your testing efforts and script maintenance cost.

22. Gauge

website: https://getgauge.io/

Gauge from ThoughtWorks uses a lightweight tool to help your automate your manual test cases. You start by documenting your test cases in simple markdown language which can later act as specifications for your automation scripts. Then you can use the IDE and platform of your choice to write the scripts. Gauge currently supports C#, Java, Ruby, IntelliJ and Visual Studio. Once the scripts are in place you can create your test data and store it in XML, CSV or another format which can, in turn, be used by Gauge to run the test scripts.

23. RedWoodHQ

website: http://redwoodhq.com/

RedWoodHQ is an open source test automation framework which can be used with any other automation tool to test the web and mobile applications using Java/ Groovy, Python or C#. It is a free framework and is extremely easy to use and set-up. RedWoodHQ focuses on reusing common actions which are in turn converted in collections and utilized in test cases. You can simply copy different actions or drag and drop each action according to your needs to create an automation test case of your choice. It can even be integrated for CI and be used to generate reports after test execution.

24. Test Anywhere

website: https://testanywhere.co/

Test Anywhere is a great tool for GUI automation of web applications. Its test builder tool has a number of different inbuilt actions which can be used to simulate actions without a single line of coding. Once the tests are ready they are executed on the browser of your choice, on the cloud. After each execution, detailed test reports are available to you along with video replay so that you can easily track the root cause in the case of test case failure.

25. Rational Functional Tester

website: http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/functional

The Rational Functional Tester from IBM can be used to automate functional, regression, GUI, and data-driven testing of web-based applications. With the help of ScriptAssure technology, it takes care of the frequent UI changes that come up with each application build. Thus reducing the time required for automation script maintenance. Just like other popular automation tools, Rational Functional Tester also provides you a test recorder which you can use to create test scripts without the need of any coding.

26. Cucumber

website: https://cucumber.io/

It is an open-source tool widely used for behavior driven development. First, you create the acceptance criteria for a feature in the simple language. This acts as the automation test case. Then with the help of Cucumber, you automate the acceptance test case. If the test passes, it signifies that the feature has been completely built, and if not, then some development still needs to be done. You can use Ruby or Java to create automated tests for desktop, web, mobile, and server applications across a variety of platforms.

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.


John Mark

May 24, 2017 at 6:08 am

should learn new technologies and qa automation tools and share the knowledge to the team, which makes the work of manager easy many times.


June 13, 2017 at 7:21 am

Very useful & informative article for software testers as well as QA engineers.
Thanks for sharing.


June 13, 2017 at 9:10 am

Very useful & informative article for software testers as well as QA engineers. This will really help in taking decision related to the selection of appropriate test automation tool.

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