Automation Tools Comparison

The success of test automation depends upon the right automation tools for the project. Selecting the best-fit automation tool is a tricky process especially when one has to select in between open-source and commercial automation tools.
Here is a short comparison of various tools available in the market, please note that the comparison is made after studying all tools and comparison is based on our observation and experience with the tool, the information below may vary from original and so we recommend to visit tools website to check the details.

SELENIUM LEAPWORK UFT KATALON RANOREX
Description Selenium supports functional testing of web-based applications in a wide range of browsers and platforms. Due to its existence in the open source community, it has become one of the most accepted tools amongst the testing professionals. Selenium also offers “Selenium IDE” a record and playback mechanism tool for authoring tests without the need to learn a test scripting language. LEAPWORK eliminates the barriers to implementing automation by relying on visual building blocks rather than programming. The user can Design test cases or automate a business process by a simple flowchart based approach without having to write a single line of code. The visual intuitiveness of codeless automation is the key to empowering testers, letting them focus on the creative and strategic aspects of their work. UFT supports functional testing of Desktop Application as well as web-based applications. It allows Business Process Testing (BPT) and supports the largest pool of software development environments like SAP and Oracle. Due to support on different add-ins like Oracle, Java, SAP, NET, Web Forms, People soft, etc. it has become one of the most accepted tools amongst the testing professionals. Katalon Studio is a free automation testing solution developed by Katalon LLC. The software is built on top of open-source automation frameworks Selenium, Appium with a specialized IDE interface for API, Web, and Mobile testing. It integrates all necessary components with built-in keywords and project templates into a complete automation framework. Ranorex Studio empowers testers with a complete toolset for end-to-end testing of desktop, web and mobile applications in a single license. Automate tests on a Windows desktop, and then execute them locally or remotely, on real iOS or Android mobile devices or on simulators/emulators. Run tests in parallel and accelerate cross-browser testing for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and more.

 

Tools Usage

SELENIUM LEAPWORK UFT KATALON RANOREX
Platform Support Web Automation Web Automation, Desktop UI Automation, Image (OCR) based Automation, Mobile Automation via chrome emulator Desktop Automation, Web Automation, API Testing Katalon Studio supports Web, Mobile, and API automation testing. Web Automation, Desktop Automation, Mobile Automation
Browser Support Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 9 – 11, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 9 – 11, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 9 – 11, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 9 – 11, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari
Operating System Windows, OS X, Linux Windows, OS X, Linux (for web cases) Windows, Mac, Linux Windows 32 and 64 (7,8, and 10) OS X 10.5+ console mode for Linux (Ubuntu tested) Windows, Mac, Linux (for web cases)
Desktop App Not Supported Any desktop application based on Microsoft frameworks (MFE, .Net, WPF, WinForms Win32 etc.), Oracle, SAP GUI (Window OS only) Excellent object identification process or mechanism and supports different add-ins like Oracle, Java, SAP, NET, Web Forms, People soft, etc. Not Supported Majority desktop application SAP GUI (Window OS only)
Mobile & Tablet Automation iOS and Android web apps on Chrome emulators iOS and Android web apps on Chrome emulators UFT provides extended support for Mobile testing via which a user can create mobile platform agnostic scripts. Support for Android and iOS to run on physical devices, cloud services or emulators. iOS and Android web apps

 

Ease of Scripting and Reporting

SELENIUM LEAPWORK UFT KATALON RANOREX
Record and Play Can be done using Selenium IDE, a Firefox plug-in/extension which allows record/playtesting paradigm Can be done using Selenium IDE, a Firefox plug-in/extension which allows record/playtesting paradigm Extensive support for record and playback Supports record and playback feature on all major browsers Record and playback with a browser extension. Ranorex is integrated with Selenium WebDriver on a plug-in level.
Scripting language It supports the different languages like: Java, python, C#, Ruby, Perl, Php, Java script. It’s Code free tool, no need to code and learn script, it does have C# code block for some special task. VBScript Script creation is limited to Java and Groovy only C# or VB.NET.
Data Driven Testing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Learning Curve Very High Less Moderate High Moderate
Reporting & Dashboard No in-built mechanism In-built reporting and dashboard with export to HTML and Excel feature. In-built basic HTML reporting, custom add-ons can be applied. Reports can be exported to JUnit format, or analyzed by Katalon Analytics – Katalon cloud test reporting service In-built reporting.
Team/Multi-User Support No in-built mechanism The team can share and schedule test using a central Controller. No in-built mechanism Using source control such as SVN makes multi-user capability possible. Projects can be connected to any source control systems (Git, Subversion, TFVC can be directly integrated with the Studio)
Audit Trail Not applicable Available

 

Integration Usage

SELENIUM LEAPWORK UFT KATALON RANOREX
CI/CD support No in-built mechanism LEAPWORK fully support CI/CD tools via API interface Supported Ranorex fully support CI/CD tools
Tools Supported Integration with Visual Studio Integration with Jenkins, SVN etc. Integration to Jira, Git, Jenkins etc Projects can be connected to any source control systems
Scalability Selenium Grid for distributed testing Selenium Grid for distributed testing, Automation Agents, Cloud-based Parallel execution is not supported in UFT. Parallel execution is supported Selenium Grid for distributed testing, Parallel test execution
Scheduling The scheduler in LEAPWORK allowing to select the cases/project to run and the environments. Katalon Studio does not support in-built scheduler Inbuilt not available, the user can create scripts and use Windows Scheduler.

 

Ease of Adoption

SELENIUM LEAPWORK UFT KATALON RANOREX
Pricing Free Paid Paid Free Paid
Technical Support Community support Chat, email Live support Support emailsCommunity forum service line for enterprise customers Support emailsCommunity forum service line for enterprise customers

There is no tool available in the market which can cater all type of application and combinations of testing. Its testers responsibility to evaluate all possible tools and select the best fit tool after performing proof of concept. In proof of concept, one should focus on Cost, Learning curve, Application fitment, ease of adoption etc.

Disclaimer: This comparison is made after studying all tools, and it is based on our observation and experience with the tool, the information above may vary due to regular updates in the tools and so we do not guarantee accuracy/correctness of content, the ser should visit tools website to check the product in details.

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