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Going all hands on deck for every project to reach the market early is not always a great choice. We have to use the resources efficiently by using automation to eliminate the need for human intervention or supervision in as many tasks as possible. Not all project are alike and so the need for automation tools also vary on a project-to-project basis. As a leading QA Company, we focus on providing the best software test automation services using the aptest tools for the specific needs of our clients. So with that expertise to back us up, we have curated this specialized list of the top 10 automation testing tools you would need for various needs.
When it comes to web application testing, Selenium is hands down the best option out there. There will be no Top 10 automation testing tools list without Selenium as well. But what makes Selenium so good? Selenium is so widely supported that you can use it to perform testing across numerous browsers on different platforms like Windows, Mac, and Linux as well. Selenium is also compatible with a vast number of programming languages like Java, Python, C#, Groovy, and the list keeps going. Now we know what makes Selenium good, so let’s see what makes Selenium undeniably great.
Selenium makes it possible to perform parallel test execution, which in turn will reduce the test execution times greatly. Apart from saving invaluable time, it is also helpful in creating the most complex and advanced automation scripts to meet your demand. In addition to having such benefits of its own, Selenium integrates well with other software testing tools to make the experience even smoother. We started this list with Selenium as it is also a base for many other testing tools that are available.
Like how Selenium is for web application testing, Appium is for mobile automation testing. Be it hybrid or native mobile applications developed for iOS & Android, Appium’s ease of use and high compatibility make the process automation testing a breeze. If you’re wondering how then the answer is that Appium doesn’t require SDK or recompilation of the app to test native apps. So you can use the test practices, frameworks, and tools of your choice and be in full control of the entire process.
The primary advantage of using Cypress is that it paves the path for efficient end-to-end testing and therefore increasing its scope from being just a tool for automation. Debuggability is the standout feature of Cypress due to its many unique features like,
1. Cypress provides us with human-readable errors and makes stack traces easily accessible.
2. Cypress has the ability to take snapshots of the tests as they run. So you will be able to use the command log to see what exactly happened at every step along the way.
3. Never go out of sync as Cypress neither sleeps your tests nor adds unnecessary waits.
4. Finally, its real-time reloads enable easier implementation of changes to the tests as Cypress will reload automatically whenever any change is made.
FlaUI is a UI-based automation library that can help test applications that run on Windows OS. It has a large library that covers almost every single library used in the Microsoft UI Automation Test Library. FlaUI is the tool look to go with if you are looking to automate win32, WinForms, WPF, and even Windows Store apps by capitalizing on the available libraries. If you feel this tool would be useful to you and unsure of how to use it. We have a great blog that clearly explains how we can make full use of the tool.
SoapUI is a headless functional testing application that is best suited for testing API and services. Even if you’re just starting out with API testing SoapUI makes it easy for you as it has a resource center to guide you. It supports various protocols and collections like REST, SOAP, GraphQL, JMS, and so on. Its drag and drop feature is a great way to accelerate script development. So with the rising need for API testing, SoapUI becomes an integral part of your CI/CD pipeline and delivers software as fast as possible.
One of the primary objectives of automation testing is to reduce the effort spent on repetitive tasks. Testing across different device and software combinations is one such scenario, and this cloud-based solution is a tool we can’t afford to miss. First of all, with BrowserStack in the picture, you need not worry about having all the hardware to pull off large-scale testing. But most importantly, you can use the ‘automate’ feature in BrowserStack to run tests in parallel across so many devices with various combinations at lightning speeds. There is no room for any compromise as we can even simulate network conditions, IP geology, and GPS geolocation.
Ranorex Studio is a great all-in-one option as it can be used in almost all use cases as it can be used to test desktop, web, and mobile apps. It is very apt for beginners due to its codeless click-and-go interface that makes things so simple. But with a full IDE, it is powerful enough even for the experts of the trade. It has a shareable object repository, it enables highly reliable object identification even in the case of web elements with dynamic IDs. Apart from that, Ranorex also has the various features we have seen in the previous tools like recording and playing the tests, easy integration with other testing tools, code reusability, and so on.
Just as the name suggests, TestComplete is another all-in-one solution that offers great value by having the ability to test desktop, mobile, and web applications. Similar to Ranorex, we will be able to use it without writing even a single line of code. It can even be used to write complex automated test scripts in the same fashion. Using TestComplete we can run functional UI tests in parallel either using the cloud or your local machine. Since it can blend seamlessly with other tools you might use, TestComplete would make for a great asset to have to achieve continuous testing. That is why TestComplete makes its way to this list of the Top 10 automation testing tools.
With the primary focus on the end-user experience, Cucumber is a Behavior Driven Development (BDD) tool that has a lot of pros on its side. CucumberStudio promises a living document as your BDD documentation always stays up to date with seamless Git integration. It boosts collaboration with highly refined and readable executable specifications that everybody can understand easily. An added advantage that comes along with it is the higher visibility of the testing activities for the stakeholders. Another area where enhanced collaboration has a visible advantage is in drafting test scripts as a collective effort of testers and developers.
As stated earlier, the need for automation tools does vary with each project. But at the same time, these 10 automation testing tools cover some of the most common use cases as we have seen tools that have their own specialty. We hope we have covered a wide range of tools that would benefit you in the future. As a forerunner in the industry who provides test automation as a service, we will continue on a journey of continuous learning & improvement by exploring many more tools.