Introduction to Katalon Studio

Introduction to Katalon Studio, What is Katalon Studio?, Key features of Katalon tool, and Advantages & disadvantages of Katalon Studio.

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Introduction to Katalon Studio

What is Katalon Studio?

Katalon Studio is a comprehensive tool set for computer web and mobile app automation testing. This tool includes a full package of powerful features that help overcome common challenges in web UI test automation, for example, pop-up, iFrame, and wait-time.

This user-friendly and versatile solution help testers test better, work faster, and launch high quality software thank to the intelligence it provides to the entire test automation process.

The Katalon Studio is a robust alternative to open source Automation Frameworks. Additionally, the tool is available to all testers, both free and licensed versions.

Features of Katalon Studio
  • It can be used to automate, computer web applications, mobile applications as well as web services.
  • It is free tool by KMS technology (free but not open source).
  • It provides record and play back capability.
  • It can be integrated with Git, Jenkins, qTest and Jira.
  • It provides in-built templates for maintaining the object repository, test cases and custom keywords.
  • The main programming languages used in Katalon Platform are Groovy and Java. Katalon Platform supports cross-environment test executions based on Selenium and Appium.
Why choosing Katalon Studio over other open source frameworks?

Katalon Studio hides all technical complexities behind the scene and provides friendly UI with the manual mode (user can drag-drop, select keywords and test objects to form test steps), but still keeps necessary weapons for more technically powerful users who are able to dig deeper into coding with the scripting mode that fully supports development conveniences like syntax highlighting, code suggestion and debugging

With Selenium, users have to go through technical guidelines for their API and integrate them into with an IDE and a preferred programming language. By contrast, Katalon Studio is built as a unified bundle which includes almost all necessary things like Java, Android SDK, Web drivers to drive browsers, and required dependencies. All you have to do is to download and install it on your computer. Minimum installation is required

While Selenium/Appium requires users to build common and reusable actions on their own, katalon Studio contains pre-defined sets of commonly used keywords or actions, users will find them enough to start implementing most test cases, but if they have more advanced or specific needs they still have a way to create custom keywords for their projects. Custom keywords are an extension of built-in keywords.

Katalon Studio Capabilities

Web Testing

Katalon Studio supports built-in Continuous Delivery/Continuous Integration and DevOps integrations. It offers a host of advantages in web testing: Selenium compliant, integrated wait-time control, built-in & custom keywords, object spying, and recording utilities.

API Testing

Katalon Studio is an end-to-end solution for API automation, allowing optimization for scripting, debugging, and maintaining tests.
Katalon Studio supports productive IDE, centralized API testing capabilities, and data-driven testing while requiring minimal maintenance for API testing projects.

Mobile Testing

Katalon Studio offers mobile testing capabilities on mobile web, iOS and Android apps.
Based on Appium, it supports powerful object spying utility and prebuilt keywords for a simple setup. Cross-functional and cross-environment with cloud platform support are available in Katalon for mobile test cases.

Desktop Testing

The latest addition to Katalon Studio testing capabilities — desktop app testing covers all testing needs from the user ends.
Katalon Studio allows you to spy objects, record actions, and locate windows elements effectively for your testing needs. With a rich set of windows built-in and custom keywords, testers can simplify their test steps significantly.

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