Modern software testing requires solutions that are faster and smarter. A test automation framework is a set of best practices, assumptions, common tools, and libraries that help quality-assurance testers assess the functionality, security, usability, and accessibility of multiple web and mobile applications. This type of framework help makes your test automation code reusable, maintainable, and stable. At their heart, they let you carry out tests automatically and produce test results without human intervention. Apply automation to tasks that are repetitive.
Modern software development relies heavily on automation, from analyzing source code looking for errors to testing to the build, packaging and deploy process. That’s the scenario where a test automation tool becomes useful.
It’s very important to select the best set of test automation tools for your specific needs and requirements. There’s lots of tools available which makes selection somewhat problematic.
You don’t need to spend money on test automation software as there’s a great range of free and open source tools, libraries, and testing frameworks available.
Here’s our recommendations to start your automation journey. All of the programs are free and open source goodness with the exception of Katalon Studio, which is freeware.
To provide an insight into the quality of software available for Linux, we have compiled a list of 11 useful test automation tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone testing web and mobile applications.
Let’s explore the 11 test automation tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.
|Test Automation Tools|
|Selenium||Portable framework for testing web applications|
|Appium||Open source automation tool|
|Robot Framework||Python-based, extensible keyword-driven automation framework|
|Cucumber||Tool for running automated tests written in plain language|
|Gauge||Lightweight cross-platform test automation tool which uses Markdown|
|Galen||Tool for testing layout and responsive design of web applications|
|Katalon Studio||All-in-one test automation solution|
|Watir||Web application testing in Ruby|
|Serenity||Test automation reporting library (previously known as Thucydides)|
|Carina||Java-based test automation framework that unites all testing layers|
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