We’ve already covered the first five best automation testing tools (Selenium, Katalon Studio, TestCompete, Soap UI, and Ranorex) that deserve your attention in one of our previous posts. Now, let’s take a look at five more tools that you may find suitable for ensuring your website is top-notch.
5 More Best Automation Testing Tools
Without further ado, let’s see what tools are worth your consideration in 2019.
Micro Focus Unified Functional Testing (UFT)
Pricing: starts from $600 (free trial available)
Supported Platforms: Windows
Formerly known as QTP, UFT is aimed at automating functional and regression tests for mobile, web, and desktop apps. As one of web and mobile app automation testing tools, UFT has robust functionality for API testing – and you don’t have to write huge amounts of code. Besides, you can create API tests based on the WADL documents.
As for supported browsers, UFT is suitable for testing web apps in the Chrome, Safari, IE, and Firefox environments. UFT itself comes with an in-built module LeanFT which allows writing tests in C# and Java and the Micro Focus Sprinter tool which you can use to generate scripts from your manual tests.
UFT’s object detection and correction capabilities deserve their praise. Apart from that, UFT is a powerful tool for collaboration.
IBM Rational Functional Tester (RFT)
Pricing: starts from $3,720 (free trial available)
Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux
RFT is one of those automation testing tools that mimic the behavior of a real-life user. RFT can be used by testers that don’t possess advanced programming skills as it allows for record-based test generation. The tool’s purpose is to automate regression, GUI and functional tests for applications developed using web-based technologies, .NET, Java, PowerBuilder, Ajax, Dojo Toolkit, etc., as well as terminal emulator-based applications. So, it is one of the automation testing tools for mobile applications, web apps, and desktop software.
As for the most outstanding features, RFT offers testers to use storyboards to visualize the test flow using screenshots. ScriptAssure also deserves your attention – this features allows automatically adapting earlier created tests to the changes in the UI, including such in objects’ location.
Pricing: starts from $71 per month (free version available)
Supported Platforms: Linux
Ghost Inspector stands out among other tools because it is a completely scriptless tool distributed together with a browser extension for Chrome (available only under the paid subscription), Firefox, and PhantomJS. At the moment, Ghost Inspector is available only in the Linux environment and doesn’t support Safari, IE or Microsoft Edge (it is one of the latest automation testing tools in market, so it’s not as mature as it could be).
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux
One more among automation testing tools for web applications,Apache JMeter is an open-source solution for load testing web-based applications’ functionality. Distributed under the Apache License, it is free to use for testing both static and dynamic websites’ performance under various loads. Although Apache JMeter is mostly known as a website testing tool, it’s not just for that – you can use it for testing APIs as well.
You can either use the graphic UI that comes with this tool or the command line to write and execute tests. With Apache JMeter, you can record your actions to generate tests. Besides, you can find dozens of open-source plugins that allow adding ready-to-use features to Apache JMeter.
Pricing: free (open-source)
Supported Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux
Last but not least, Protractor is a framework designed by Angular creators for testing Angular and AngularJS web applications. You can run tests in the latest two versions of Chrome, Firefox, IE, and Safari. The framework’s main purpose is conducting end-to-end and integration testing.
Built on top of WebDriverJS, Protractor is not a good choice for novices in testing with no programming skills. However, it is a robust tool for those who specialize in Angular development and are proficient in Node.js. What makes Protractor great is that it interacts with your web app just like a real user would.
As you can see, there is a variety of web automation testing tools, so all you need to do is make the right choice (although we acknowledge that it’s easier said than done). To help you do that, we gathered all the relevant information about all 10 automation tools we’ve reviewed in this and previous piece in the table below:
|Name||Pricing||Purpose||Platforms||Scripting Languages||Required Programming Skills|
|Micro Focus UFT||$600+||Web, mobile, desktop app and API testing||Windows||VBScript (LeanFT: C#, Java)||None (advanced for complex test scripts)|
|IBM RFT||$3,720+||Testing apps created with web-based technologies, .NET, Java, PowerBuilder, Ajax, Dojo Toolkit, etc.||Windows, Linux||Java, Visual Basic||None (advanced for complex test scripts)|
|Ghost Inspector||$71+ per month (free version available)||Web app testing||Linux||None (a scriptless tool)||None|
|Apache JMeter||Free (open-source)||Performance testing web-based apps and API||Windows, Linux, macOS||Groovy||None (advanced for complex test scripts)|
|Protractor||Free||Angular and AngularJS app testing||Windows, Linux, macOS||Node.js||Advanced|
Whereas it’s not easy to choose the tool or tools that suit your case best, it is often even more complicated to set it up properly to make it as efficient as possible if you don’t have a savvy QA team to help you. Fortunately, we are here for you. At Axisbits, we specialize in helping our clients choose and set up automated testing tools to ensure their web apps are 100% top-notch, no exception.