Top 10 Automation Testing Tools in 2019 & Beyond

“Quality at Speed” is the dictum of today’s fast-paced software world. To meet this ever-changing demand, organizations are taking a huge leap forward towards Agile, Continuous Integration (CI), and DevOps methodologies. And test automation is the kernel of these aspects. The objective of automation has transformed from being focussed on the shortening of testing times to better coverage and effective use of test cases.

Test automation is an enabler of successful Agile and DevOps adoption. However, the World Quality Report 2018–2019 reveals that the low level of automation of test activities has emerged to be a critical bottleneck in the further evolution of QA and testing.

Making use of the right automation testing tools at the right time is essential to deliver a quality product at speed. These tools make sure that the benefits of automation are delivered to the fullest. Thus, automation testing tools are a vital component of the software development process.

As more software development teams realize this and increase their spending, more products reach the market to grab their share of the pie. This list of the 10 best test automation tools will help you choose.

1. Selenium

“Selenium automates browsers. That’s it!”

It is clear from the aforesaid statement by Selenium that it is a testing tool for automating web applications testing. When it comes to web automation testing tools, Selenium ranks #1. It is an outstanding open-source automation testing tool that can be executed in multiple browsers and operating systems, supporting a considerable amount of programming languages.

According to Survey on Test Automation Challenges, 84% of testers are using or have at some point or the other used Selenium in their projects.

Striking Features

  • Helps you create complex and advanced automation scripts.
  • Base for most of the other software testing tools.
  • Supports parallel test execution, thus reduces test execution time.

Website: http://www.seleniumhq.org/

License: Open-source

2. Appium

“Is native app automation missing from your tool belt? Problem solved.”

Appium is one of the open-source automation testing tools primarily intended for mobile applications. It backs automation of native, hybrid, and mobile web applications built for iOS and Android.

Appium is based on server architecture and makes use of vendor-provided automation frameworks. It is easy to set up and use. In recent years, Appium has gained immense popularity and stability, thereby emerging as one of the best mobile automation testing tools.

Striking Features

  • Automates any mobile app from any language and any test framework.
  • Testing native apps doesn’t require SDK or recompiling of the app.
  • Drives iOS, Android, and even Windows apps using the WebDriver protocol.

Website: http://appium.io

License: Open-source

3. Katalon Studio

“Free. Robust. Cross-platform.”

These above-mentioned words describe Katalon automation testing tool aptly. It is an open-source automation testing tool that supports both the web and mobile app development environments.

It works on top of Selenium and Appium, thereby simplifying API, web, and mobile automation tests. It can be integrated with a variety of other tools such as JIRA, qTest, Kobiton, Git, Slack, and more.

Its robustness, popularity, and stability can be inferred from the fact that it recently got recognized as a March 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for the Software Test Automation market.

Striking Features

  • Versatile as it runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux
  • Hundreds of built-in keywords for creating test cases
  • Minimum programming skill required to use this tool

Website: https://www.katalon.com/

License: Free

4. Cucumber

“Tools & techniques that elevate teams to greatness”

Cucumber is an open-source Behavior Driven Development (BDD) tool. It has an impressive list of users including PayPal and Canon. It supports languages like Ruby, Java, Scala, Groovy, etc.

Being used by 20% of testers, Cucumber supports only the web environment. It’s been built with the philosophy of delivering enhanced end-user experience.

Striking Features

  • Code can be executed on different frameworks like Selenium.
  • Test code is written in simple English called Gherkin.
  • Supports languages like Ruby, Java, Scala, Groovy, etc.

Website: https://cucumber.io

License: Free

5. HPE Unified Functional Testing (UFT)

“A robust tool, given by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise”

HPE Unified Functional Testing, formerly known as QuickTest Professional (QTP) is one of the best cross-platform automation testing tools. It brings developers and testers under one roof and provides excellent automation testing solutions, thereby making functional testing cost-effective and less complex.

It can automate Web, Desktop, SAP, Java, Oracle, Mobile, and Visual Basic amongst other applications. The list of development environments that it can automate is huge and it can be used with various types of software testing. It performs functional and regression testing through a user interface such as a native GUI or web interface.

Striking Features

  • Uses VBScript as the scripting language.
  • Supports data-driven testing.
  • Cross browser & multi-platform compatibility.

Reference Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP_QuickTest_Professional

License: Proprietary

6. WorkSoft

“Undisputed Leader in Test Automation for Enterprise Packaged Apps”

WorkSoft–an automation testing tool for SAP–offers the industry-leading Agile and DevOps continuous automation platform which is designed and engineered to tackle the world’s most complex automation problems.

It offers the only code-free continuous test automation platform. This platform is built to satisfy the needs of large enterprises that deal with mission-critical business processes, whose testing is vital across multiple applications and systems.

Striking Features

  • The tool can be deployed even if an SAP project is in implementation, upgrade or maintenance stage.
  • It can test and automate SuccessFactors, Concur, Syclo, Ariba Network, SAP Fiori User Experience (UX).
  • It provides an integrated test data management tool.

Website: https://www.worksoft.com

License: Proprietary

7. IBM Rational Functional Tester (RFT)

“Get automated testing capabilities for functional, regression, GUI and data-driven testing.”

Rational Functional Tester (RFT) is a commercial automation testing tool from IBM. This tool is mainly intended for automated functional testing and regression testing, GUI testing, and data-driven testing.

It supports many development environments including Siebel, Net, SAP, Java, PowerBuilder, Flex, and Dojo amongst others.

Striking Features

  • Storyboard testing feature helps visualize and edit tests using natural language and application screenshots.
  • Supports 2 scripting languages: Java and VB.Net.
  • Integrates tightly with IBM Rational Quality Manager (test management tool).

Website: https://www.ibm.com/in-en/marketplace/rational-functional-tester

License: Proprietary

8. Telerik Test Studio

“LOVED by QAs and Developers Alike”

Telerik Test Studio is one of the best automation testing tools that provide a comprehensive test automation solution. It provides you a platform to test desktop, web, and mobile applications.

Well-suited for GUI, performance, load, and API testing, it provides cross-browser support and has a record & playback tool. It supports automating applications built with HTML5, Angular, AJAX, JavaScript, Silverlight, WPF, MVC, Ruby and PHP in addition to iOS & Android applications.

Striking Features

  • Supports real coding languages like C# and VB.NET
  • Supports 2 scripting languages: C# and VB.Net
  • Allows scheduled tests, parallel test execution and has robust test reporting features.

Website: https://www.telerik.com/teststudio

License: Proprietary

9. SoapUI

“Build Better. Test Smarter”

SoapUI is an open-source functional testing tool designed by Smartbear–a leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation. It provides a comprehensive API Test Automation Framework for Representational State Transfers (REST) and Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAP).

It is not an automation testing tool for web or mobile app testing, however, it can be a tool of choice to test API and services. It is a headless functional testing application, especially for API testing.

Striking Features

  • Scripts can be reused easily.
  • Has drag and drop, point-and-click test generation.
  • Allows asynchronous testing.

Website: https://www.soapui.org

License: Open-source

10. TestComplete

“Powerful and easy-to-use functional test automation tool from SmartBear”

TestComplete is one of the top automation testing tools used to test desktop, mobile, and web applications. It supports various scripting languages like VBScript, Python, and JavaScript as well as various testing techniques such as keyword-driven testing, data-driven testing, regression testing, and distributed testing.

Its robust record & replay capabilities allow you to build and run functional UI tests. TestComplete can also be easily integrated with other products under the same brand named SmartBear.

Striking Features

  • Scripts can be reused easily.
  • Creates complex automated test scripts without writing a single line of code.
  • Easy-to-use visual record and playback.

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

License: Proprietary

Automation Testing Tools: Final Thoughts

Apart from the list mentioned in the blog, there are a plethora of other automation testing tools which aim at different types of testing. Some of them are open-source, while others are licensed. However, the choice of the automation tools depends entirely upon the business requirement with a single aim: “Quality software at speed.”

No real-world software is 100% free of bugs or issues. The best approach is to thoroughly test the software and fix the bugs found. You need an experienced, vetted, and focused software quality assurance testing team you can trust to do that. We at Net Solutions are that team.

Quality Software delivered at speed is always the top priority at Net Solutions. Our QA services, including automated testing services, will help you establish control over your product’s life cycle, monitor every development stage, and give you accurate product quality information.

Sukhwinder Singh

About the Author

Sukhwinder Singh started his career with Netsolutions in 2007. He learnt the art of testing at Netsolutions and closely worked with customers to deliver great quality products. His passion for requirement analysis, robust and scalable processes, continuous evaluation and delivery, has helped customers in laying a strong foundation for their products. As a strong believer in thinking out of box for ongoing continuous process improvement, he strives to not just build the right product but to also build the product right.

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