A QA Expert’s Guide to 11 Popular Software Testing Tools

All sorts of new and updated tools continue to proliferate across the software testing spectrum, with expanding options in testing automation, performance testing, mobile testing, niche testing, bug tracking and more. Given the number of options, the choice can be a bit overwhelming. Which tools should you use for your quality assurance (QA)? Here are 11 popular software testing tools we recommend.

1. Selenium

A testing framework for web applications on platforms such as Linux, Mac, and Windows, Selenium is also used to test browser compatibility. Developers can test in a number of languages, such as Java, Groovy, PHP, Ruby, C#, Python and Perl. Selenium is part of most major browsers, including Firefox and Chrome.

2. Jenkins

Jenkins is a continuous integration (CI) tool for testing codebase changes in real time. Jenkins lets you detect and resolve codebase problems quickly and automate build testing. An open-source program, it was forked from the Hudson CI tool. Jenkins runs on servers in a container and supports version control tools such as Perforce, Git, and Subversion.

3. New Relic

New Relic is a SaaS product that allows you to monitor mobile and web apps in real time. It offers deep analytics that can give you a better idea of your software’s performance, helping to improve user experience and overall efficiency. It sits at the cross-section of customer experience data, application data, and business data, giving you feedback on the software itself and how it affects business operations.

4. Wercker

Wercker is a Netherlands-based software firm offering a continuous delivery (CD) platform that helps you build and deploy microservices and web-based applications. Based on Docker, Wercker sits between the code repository and the app. When you make a change in Git, Wercker grabs the code and puts it in a container to test it in isolation, then alerts you if any errors are present. This allows for continuous integration (CI) and rapid testing on the fly.

5. GitHub

GitHub is a version control repository used by millions of developers. Many software testing tools can be linked to GitHub accounts, so that reported defects are automatically recorded. For example, you might run manual tests on another testing tool while using GitHub for bug tracking.

6. Text Shortcode

Tmux is a popular virtual terminal multiplexer that lets you quickly change from several programs on the same terminal. You can separate them from one terminal and attach them to another one and use the command line interface without having to dump out of one session to start another. It’s similar to GNU Screen but differs in that it’s licensed under Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD).

7. Postman

Postman is a robust toolchain that allows API developers to share, test, document, and monitor their APIs. With this tool, you can easily integrate the tests into your build automation. Postman is extremely valuable for functional testers and developers.

8. TestingWhiz

For the automated testing of software, web apps, databases, APIs, and mobile solutions, TestingWhiz offers you codeless scripting. TestingWhiz has JavaScript and hundreds of testing commands are built in. It integrates seamlessly with Jira, Mantis, and FogBugz bug-tracking tools.

9. Sahi

Sahi is an open-source web application testing and automation tool. It features record-and-playback options on all browsers, suites and batch run, HTML playback reports, and more. Written in JavaScript and Java, it first appeared on SourceForge in 2005. It works with a variety of frameworks and technologies and automates apps built using YUI, ZK, Dojo, and many others.

10. Ranorex

Ranorex lets you set up and run test automation scripts. It has graphical user interface (GUI) object recognition, automatic timeout handling, dynamic web elements identification, and page object mapping built in. It also lets you test web apps on every major web browser and platform.

11. HP LoadRunner, StormRunner and Performance Center

HP’s LoadRunner provides end-to-end system performance testing for agile and DevOps to help you identify and rectify problems before going live. Performance Center helps you plan and run tests for multiple projects. It has also a new open-source integration to improve team collaboration. StormRunner Load is a SaaS load and performance testing tool designed for planning, executing, and scaling mobile and web tests.

Still having trouble deciding which tool is right for your project? Learn more about our QA and testing practices or get in touch with one of our QA analysts to learn more.

Lina Danilchyk

by Lina Danilchyk

Lina works in PR and media relations. She deals with masters of their craft to share their valuable experiences with IT practitioners and business leaders.

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