Quality Assurance and Testing

11 Popular Software Testing Tools

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. Here are 11 popular software testing tools.

1. Selenium

A testing framework for web applications on platforms like 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 resting code base changes in real time. It lets you detect and resolve code base problems quickly and automate build testing. An open-source program, it was forked from the Hudson project. 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 let you get a better idea of your software 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 Holland-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, alerting you to errors. 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 reported defects are automatically recorded. For example, you might run manual tests on the testing tool while using GitHub for bug tracking.

6. Text Shortcode

Tmux is a popular virtual terminal multiplexer that lets you change swiftly from among 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 is like GNU Screen but differs in that it is licensed under Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD).

7. Postman

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

8. TestingWhiz

For automated testing of software, web apps, databases, APIs and mobile solutions, TestingWhiz offers you codeless scripting. JavaScript and hundreds of testing commands are built in, and 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 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 GUI object recognition, automatic timeout handling, page object mapping built-in, dynamic web elements identification and 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 new open-source integrations to improve team collaboration. StormRunner Load is a SaaS load and performance testing tool designed for planning, executing and scaling mobile and web tests.

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