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Top 7 Test Automation Tools in 2021

Once you resolved what testing your project needs and the team decided to opt for automated testing, another question may arouse: what tools, frameworks and services to use? To help you to make your decision more informed Solvd experts have listed the top 7 proven solutions that everyone should pay attention to when dealing with test automation.
March 31, 2021
No doubt results obtained from the testing stage determine the product's overall quality. To increase the chance of being a success in the market, developers must design and configure a robust testing infrastructure, create flawless test cases and bindingly respond to the testing reports. Sounds like a lot of work, doesn't it? Fortunately, there are a lot of free and paid solutions that can simplify and streamline the testing process, addressing your most cumbersome activities. Here are the top 7 of test automation tools you should look at in 2021:
LambdaTest

LambdaTest is a cloud-based cross-browser testing platform that helps in both manual and automated browser compatibility testing for desktop and web applications. Users can perform live interactive testing of their website or web app on a combination of 2000+ different browsers and operating systems from their own browser.

Key Features:

  • Selenium Grid for mobile web-automation testing is compatible with Java, JavaScipt, C#, Ruby, PHP and Python
  • tools for live interactive browser compatibility testing
  • Scroll Sync to test two devices simultaneously using the LT browser app.
  • fast automated screenshot testing
  • parallel testing
  • API for continuous testing
  • CI (Continuous Integration) tools
  • affordable price
  • stable environment

Free trial / version: + / +

Zebrunner

Zebrunner tool serves for automated testing results analysis helping fix issues faster with smart AI-based failure classification. It guarantees real-time full control of the release cycle by providing a large variety of customizable functionality.

Key Features:

  • detecting failures via rich artifacts (screens, video, logs)
  • tracking product quality with live AI-powered dashboards
  • parallel test execution (up to 1000 threads)
  • fast test execution (10,000 tests in less than 10 mins)
  • available integrations with TestRail, Qtest, etc.
  • many useful utility functions available out-of-the-box
  • quick and responsive support team
  • supreme starter documentation

Free trial / version: + / +

Sauce Labs

Sauce Labs provides a continuous testing cloud, ensuring applications and websites work correctly on different browsers, OSs and devices. The Sauce Labs Continuous Testing Cloud provides instant access to test coverage, scalability, and analytics for QA and dev teams. The platform enables them to test across more than 900 browser/OS combinations, more than 200 mobile emulators and simulators, and more than 2,000 real devices.

Key Features:

  • automated cross-browser &mobile testing
  • manual testing
  • real-device cloud
  • integrations with all CI servers and JIRA
  • enterprise Security
  • proprietary data center
  • support for Selenium, Appium and JUnit Testing
  • professional services & onboarding

Free trial / version: + / +

BrowserStack

BrowserStack is a cloud web and mobile testing platform that provides developers the ability to test their websites and mobile applications across 2000+ on-demand browsers, operating systems and real mobile devices.

Key Features:

  • real-device cloud
  • rich test development environments
  • geolocation testing
  • high-standard security
  • good tech support
  • a chrome extension for testing apps running locally
  • easy navigation to jump between browsers

Free trial / version: + / -

Selenium

Selenium is probably the most popular open-source test automation framework for web applications. Selenium is a base for a vast amount of other testing tools such as the aforementioned BrowserStack and Sauce Labs.

Key Features:

  • cross-platform and cross-browser
  • supports a wide range of languages such as C#, Java, Python, PHP, Ruby, etc.
  • highly extendable through a wide range of libraries and APIs to meet everyone's needs and requirements
  • flexible and maintainable
  • possibility to write more advanced test scripts to meet various levels of complexity
  • one of the largest support networks existing
  • provides a playback tool (Selenium IDE) for test authoring without the need to learn a specific scripting language

Free trial / version: opensource (free license)

Cucumber

Cucumber is a Behavior Driven Development (BDD) tool that is used to write acceptance tests for web applications.

Key Features:

  • quick and easy set up an execution
  • allows reusing code in the tests
  • both specification and test documentation are uploaded in a single up-to-date document
  • automation of functional validation in an easily readable and understandable format
  • cross-platform
  • initially implemented in Ruby, extended to Java framework
  • code can be used together with Selenium, Watir, Capybara, etc.
  • supports languages like Python, PHP, Perl, .NET, Scala, Groovy, etc.

Free trial / version: opensource (free license)

Appium

Appium is designed to test mobile applications. It's built with the idea that you should not be recompiling your app or modifying it in any way in order to test it. You also shouldn't be locked into a specific language or framework to run your tests.

Key Features:

  • easy setup process
  • allows testing against multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Windows, Mac) using the same API
  • reuses code between iOS, Android, and Windows test suites
  • supports simulators (iOS) and emulators (Android)
  • supports native, hybrid and mobile web applications and desktop apps
  • based on client/server architecture
  • by using vendor-provided automation frameworks under the hood there's no need to compile any Appium-specific or third-party code or frameworks to the app
  • enables creating elements repositories and manage them after changes

Free trial / version: opensource (free license)