What Are The Popular Test Automation Tools

Last updated on - September 11th, 2018

Whenever someone thinks about automating their application, the first question they ask, what are the best web application testing tools and desktop application testing tools.

However, I would say no tool is the best. Tool selection completely depends on your need and requirement. Your toolset selection would be different for different types of applications and different types of testing.

You can explore popular automation tools and choose the suitable tool for your requirement.

Welcome to a new article on the discussion of popular test automation tools available in the market.

In this article, we are going to discuss automation tools for functional testing, non-functional testing,  open source, and commercial tools.

Popular Test Automation Tools

Automation Tools

Automation testing is a good way to ensure that new version of your application doesn’t introduce any bugs and also it doesn’t break any existing functionalities.

There are many great automation tools available on the market nowadays, for both functional testing and non-functional testing. You can choose the right automation tool based on your requirements.

Some of them are open source testing tools, you don’t have to spend money for buying their license and some are commercial tools, you need to spend big amount to buy tool license.

Selenium is one of the very popular open source library.

There are many factors which play an important roll in the selection of suitable tool for automation testing. Based on these factors you can select suitable automation tool for automating your application.

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Popular Test Automation Tools

I  always try to explore different tools and techniques to find what more we can have to put in test automation.

There are various features and benefits that tools carry with it and you should be aware of them, and wherever applicable you should try to use the other tools rather than adhere to the one specific tool.

All automation tools available in the market have their own pros and cons. Some of them are free and some are paid.

Below is the automation testing tools list for web applications and desktop applications to automate the functional testing. You can refer each one to get an overview from their official website.

Automation Tools for Functional Testing

Tools / LibrariesLicense TypeSupported PlatformsApplication TypesScripting Languages
Unified Functional Testing (UFT)CommercialWindows platformDesktop and web applicationsVB Script
UFT Pro (LeanFT)CommercialCross platformDesktop and web application.NET, Java
SeleniumOpen SourceCross platformWeb applicationsJava, Python, C#,
Ruby, Perl, Php,
and Javascript.
TestCompleteCommercialWindows platformWeb, mobile, and desktop applications. JavaScript, Python, VB.NET, and Jscript
Telerik Test StudioCommercialCross platformGUI, Mobile, Load, Performance, and
APIs testing
C# and VB.NET
Katalon StudioOpen SourceCross platformMobile, Web, and API testingGroovy
Coded UICommercialWindows platformDesktop and web application.NET
AppiumOpen SourceiOS,
Android,
Windows,
FirefoxOS
Native, Hybrid and Mobile web applicationsRuby, Python, Java
JavaScript, PHP, C#
RobotFramework
CucumberOpen SourceCross platformWeb applicationJava, .NET, Ruby

Automation Tools for Non-Functional Testing

ToolsLicense TypeSupported PlatformsApplication TypesScripting Languages
IBM Rational Performance TesterCommercialCross platformWeb and server based applications
JMeterOpen SourceCross platformWeb and server based applicationsJavascript
LoadRunnerCommercialCross platformWeb and server based applications

Note: As mentioned above you need to buy the license for commercial tools. However, you can use their trial version free of cost for a limited number of days.



Along with the above list, there are many other automation tools available in the market and many organizations are using them too.

Now, you might be thinking that, do I need to learn about all the tools?

There’s a catch…

You don’t need to learn all the tools. However, you should have a very good knowledge of any-one automation tool.

However, you should know how these automation tools work.

You should have a good understanding of the working mechanism of automation tools.

You can easily switch to another tool whenever you need to because principle fundamentals of all the automation tools are more or less same.

Which tools are you using for automating your applications? Do let me know by commenting below.

I hope this article helped you to understand different automation tools. You can also check other articles.

Let me know if you have any questions, by commenting below or send an email directly to me at sureshdubey24jun@gmail.com

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About Suresh Dubey

I am Suresh Dubey working as an automation test engineer. I am passionate about playing with automation testing and tools. I got a chance to work on Selenium, UFT, PowerShell, Jenkins, CI-CD, Maven, Cucumber, Git etc. I believe in 'Knowledge Sharing'. My mantra for success is 'Learn Something New Everyday'.

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3 Comments on “What Are The Popular Test Automation Tools”

  1. I like this article. The great collection of automation tools at one place, along with license type, platform supported, application types and supported languages. Thanks for sharing.

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