Introduction to Testing Tools

Testing Tools

Software Test Tools

Introduction to Software Test Tools

Testing Tools:

Tools from a software testing context can be defined as a product that supports one or more test activities right from planning, requirements, creating a build, test execution, defect logging and test analysis.

Automated Testing / Test Automation:

We have two ways of Software Testing, Manual Testing and Automated Testing. Testing Computer / Mobile Software manually is called Manual Testing, Testing Computer / Mobile Software using any Test Tool or Test Script is called Automated Testing or Test Automation.

We have several test tools available for conducting Automated Testig

In a classification test tools can be divided in to three categories,

1) Commercial Tools

Commercial software is a pay to use software that is developed by a dedicated team and supports the exact requirement of what the industry is looking at. The commercial software provides access to the software code to those users who had purchased the license or procured an agreement to use it. Usually, commercial software, users will be charged based on licenses or number of users. Here too, users are provided enough support if users are having any difficulty with the software usage.

Example: Micro Focus UFT, Micro Focus LoadRunner, IBM RFT, IBM RPT etc…

2) Open Source Tools

Open Source is a software-licensing model where software is free to use and even the source code is open to the individual programmers, for enabling them to conduct the development process with more added functionalities. It’s a collaborative development between multiple independent contributors. Anyone can download, study, change or update and use software for any purpose. So, you/company can download and extend for your internal use.

Examples: Selenium, JMeter, Appium Etc…

3) In-house Tools

Some companies develop test tools for their internal use (to test their company software) and those tool names also locat to that companies.

Ex: Microsoft developed and using several test tools for testing Micro Soft Software products and Oracle Corporation etc, companies also using In-house Test Tools.

In Software Test Type point of view we can divide test tools in to different categories:

Popular Test Tool Categories are:

1) Functional & Regression Test Tools

Selenium, Micro Focus UFT, IBM RFT, SilkTest, TestComplete, TestPartner etc…

2) Performance Test Tools

JMeter, LoadRunner, SilkPerformer, IBM RPT, WebLoad, NeoLoad, OpenSTA, LoadNinja et..

3) Test Management Tools

ALM/Quality Center, IBM Rational Quality Manger, TestLink, Silk Central, JIRA, Xray, Testpad etc…

4) Defect management Tools

BugZilla, Mantis, RedMine, Bugnet, BugHost, Trac etc…

5) Mobile Test Tools

Appium, Ranorex, Kobiton, Robotium, Calabash , MonkeyTalk, Selendroid, eggplant, Silk Mobile etc….

6) Web Service Test Tools

SoapUI, Postman, HttpMaster, JMeter, TestingWhiz, WebInject etc…


Cucumber for writing Acceptance Tests, It also integrates with Selenium, Ruby on Rails, Watir and other web-based testing tools.

Katalon Studio – Katalon Studio is an automation testing solution and it is built on top of the open-source automation frameworks Selenium, Appium with a specialized IDE interface for API, web, mobile and desktop application testing.

Testing Tools Tutorial,
Open Source Tools,
Mobile Test Tools,
Types of Test Tools,
Overview of Software Tools,
Test Management Tools,
Defect Management Tools,
Web Services Test Tools,
Functional & Regression Test Tools,
Performance Test tools,
Advantages of Automated Testing,
Drawbacks of Test Automation,
Manual Testing vs. Automated Testing,

G C Reddy

G C Reddy, Working as a Software Testing Trainer in Hyderabad, India.

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