5 Best Test Automation Tools


I believe, and always try to explore other tools and techniques to find what more we can have to put in test automation. There are various feature that these tool carries with it and we should be aware of them, Wherever applicable we should try to use the other tools rather stick to the one or two specific tools.

However there are many great tools available, I have listed the commonly used  five best test automation tools.  If you know or have worked on any other tool than these please let us know. Share your experiences with these tools or any other via comments.


Telerik Test StudioTelerik

Telerik TestStudio is the easiest software testing tool you’ve tried – watch a couple of videos and you are ready to go. Navigate, point and click is all it takes to generate even the most complex of your functional, performance and load tests. It is an all in one testing software for functional, load, performance and mobile app testing. The in-depth functional testing includes native web and desktop apps testing along with mobile and tablet apps, HTML5, AJAX, Silverlight and WPF apps testing. Additionally testing teams can rely on the product to test JavaScript calls, Telerik controls, dynamic page synchronization, client-side behaviors, UI virtualizations and XAML animations. This software testing tool streamlines teamwork by introducing a common platform for testers and developers to work together. It ships with a standalone app and a Visual Studio plug-in that use the same repositories and file formats.

Download Free Trial



HP Unified Functional Testing Software

(Formerly HP QuickTest Professional)

A single solution for testing GUIs, APIs and multi layer applicationsUFT

HP Unified Functional Testing (UFT) software is an automated software testing solution addressing the challenges of constant change in technology and processes. Automation testing is a leap forward in modern applications, and it can dramatically improve software quality while cutting testing costs and complexity even in the most rapidly changing environments. And with its integration with HP Application Lifecycle Management, it significantly enhances developer and tester productivity and collaboration.

Download Free Trial



SeleniumSelenium automates browsers. That’s it. What you do with that power is entirely up to you. Primarily it is for automating web applications for testing purposes, but is certainly not limited to just that. Boring web-based administration tasks can (and should!) also be automated as well.

Selenium has the support of some of the largest browser vendors who have taken (or are taking) steps to make Selenium a native part of their browser. It is also the core technology in countless other browser automation tools, APIs and frameworks.

Download Selenium




tc9TestComplete is an automated testing tool that lets you create, manage and run tests for any windows, web or rich client software. It makes it easy for anyone to create automated tests. Some features are open APIs, easy extensibility, tons of documentation, scripted testing for total flexibility, windows and web testing, application support etc. It is an easy to use, all-in-one package that lets anyone start automating tests in minutes with no special skills. It has a low price, powerful features and impressive support resources.

Test More. Test Faster. Test Smarter.

Got an aggressive testing schedule? No problem. With this automated testing tool, designed for advanced and novice testers alike, you can create, manage and run tests for any desktop, Web or rich client software. Revel in the easy-to-use interface and script-free testing combined with a powerful set of customization features.

Get started with Automated Testing and try TestComplete for free.



Watir, pronounced water, is an open-source (BSD) family of Ruby libraries for automating web browsers. It allows you to write tests that are easy to read and maintain. It is simple and flexible.

Watir drives browsers the same way people do. It clicks links, fills in forms, presses buttons. Watir also checks results, such as whether expected text appears on the page.

Watir is a family of Ruby libraries but it supports your app no matter what technology it is developed in. Whilst Watir supports only Internet Explorer on Windows, Watir-WebDriver supports Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and also running in headless mode (HTMLUnit).

Like other programming languages, Ruby gives you the power to connect to databases, read data files and spreadsheets, export XML, and structure your code as reusable libraries. Unlike other programming languages, Ruby is concise and often a joy to read.

Enter your email address below and get articles and updates directly into your inbox for free!
Saket (61 Posts)

Saket works with and write about test automation, has a love for creativity in automation and enjoys experimenting with various tools and techniques in automation.

45 Responses to 5 Best Test Automation Tools

  1. Malik says:

    Why have you not included TOSCA from Tricentis?

  2. Lenin Nair says:

    Hi, I would like to point you to MTAS & Mobitaz, two great tools from MSys technologies. If you would like, I will give you a detailed description of these tools. It won’t be in a promotional manner.


  3. testguru says:

    cud there be a tool-kits better than robotframework. The list above is a joke

    • Saket says:

      Thanks for your time testguru. would you mind explaining the joke please?

      • testguru says:

        you are clubbing together test platform/ studio and test libraries and ranking them

        real life example: there are different kinds of 4 legged animals, not all are same.

        • Saket says:

          Nope, first of all I am not ranking here. Yes all these animals are not same ( :) liked the example) but solves a single objective and since these are most popular among all. I am not saying that these are enough or there are no any other tools available. Please read the post, I am sure there are other great tools available which are not listed here like ranorex, mtas etc. If you are aware of any please let us know. Don’t be biased with a single tool/approach/technique always look for/aware of others as well. you can fit your example again here not all 4 legged animals are same, we should be aware of every animal.

          • testguru says:

            To me, *personally* there is no point getting to know abstract idea on a QA tool, unless the tool is graded under the following topics

            The definitions ‘below’ is quite impossible for a specific QA tool to meet (I agree with you). I understand you have tried to address some of those issues in your article

            a. Tool type:
            (propreitory or open source)
            platform supported (most important)
            Programming Language support
            Generic or product oriented (non generic)

            b. Libraries support and extendability:

            c. Tool purpose:

            d. (To good extent) Tool selection based on Software development process:
            e.g Agile methodologies e.g BDD /continuous integration

            f. IT industry:

            g. Work environment:
            QA/Testing jobs outsourced (where there is more possibility of using a specific propretory tool)
            QA/Testing in-house

            i. Cost of propreitory tool (tool + tester cost):

            and many more …

            Instead of focussing on Features of Test automation tool, I would personally like to understand the engineering of creating and maintaining framework, where the principles are adoptable and applicable throughout one’s (testers) career

            I can state a page of tools, but its not going to help anyone. However, study of Robotframework, a generic open source tool, gives that possibility. FITNess offers something similar

          • Saket says:

            I agree, well explained the points to consider while selecting a tool. The only intention of the post is to increase the awareness of other tools to consider while evaluating for the required. I have listed few and requesting everyone to add more with your experience in test automation, just like you did for Robotframework. Thanks.

  4. sujith says:

    Please Can anyone give me the importance of CODED UI in automation ??

    Can you suggest me any of the automation tool which is best used in MN C’s ??

    I am working as test engineer but need to know which tool is mostly used in MN C’s and can they offer good package with an experience of 2 years ??

    If yes, Can you give me rough figure about the package, such that i can’t negotiate with them ??

    Awaiting for your valuable reply ::::

    • Saket says:

      Hi Sujith,
      Coded UI is another ui automation tool and equally important as others in testing. as far as i have seen most widely used automation tools in industry these days are – Selenium, QTP, TestComplete and others as listed above.


  5. ruby says:

    Hi, I can do manual testing but I want to learn automated testing.Could you please suggest me any automated testing tool which is easy to learn and use but can be useful in automated testing. I donot have programming background but i am ready to learn up to some extent if required.There is no training centre close where i live so please suggest any thing that i can learn myself from internet.Do i really need programming skill for automated testing ? Kindly guide.

    • Saket says:

      You can go with QTP/UFT or Selenium, there are lots of self learning content and forums available on net for you. Yes you should have exposure to programming and knowledge of scripting language. But you can easily grab it with some lessons.
      for QTP and TestComplete you can go with VBScript.

  6. […] received so many feedbacks and comments for the listing we had made earlier in the post 5-best-test-automation-tools . A big thanks to all to receive this post in a good way. With all your feedbacks and suggestion […]

  7. Chetan says:

    HI, I want to know selenium webdriver tool,can you pls guide me what things i need to know in order to learn this tool (like html,java etc)?

    • Saket says:

      Hi Chetan,
      I think you already have it. not only Java, Selenium supports other programming languages as well. you can go with C#, Python or Ruby.

  8. Clive Jones says:

    Have a look at Minion, another very quick and simple option for automated browser testing. http://www.testminion.com

  9. Johne725 says:

    Spot on with this writeup, I actually believe this website needs a great deal more attention. Ill probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the info! kedkebkddgfe

  10. Rebecca says:

    Have you heard of/tried Agile Designer? It is a test case design tool that allows you to test less with maximum coverage. You can also estimate cost and complexity in a click, create unambiguous requirements, reduce defect creation by 95%, manage changing requirements, optimize software tests, clean up your existing test cases and more. If you haven’t tried it you can get a free trial which is good! http://www.agile-designer.com/free-trial/

  11. Janez says:

    Check HttpMaster (http://www.httpmaster.net) for automation of RESTful web services and web APIs.

  12. Harshal Kakade says:

    Can anyone knows a open source tool which supports flash games automation on android and iOS devices ?

    Please share your experiences, thanks in advance…!!!

  13. nit says:

    hi saket,

    I am new to testing field, I don’t know how to start my carrier in this field, please help me to start and go till the end

  14. dikesh says:

    Try sikuli for flash automation.

  15. sokoto says:

    Does Anyone know about an Automation Tool (Open Source) for Windows applications?

    Thank you in advance.

  16. Madesh K says:

    Hi Saket, I’m new to testing. So, I have planned to do some automation testing courses. Please suggest me some good automation testing and which will help my career also.

    • Saket says:

      Hi Madesh, good to know that you have interest in test automation. You should learn some basic concepts on testing and test automation. You can choose any of the popular automation tool to start with. I would recommend QTP/UFT as its very simple and easy to learn for beginners. You need to know have programming knowledge to be an expert in test automation, initially you can start with VBScript, which should help you to proceed. if you can read about VBScript/Javascript before actually jumping on to the tool, it will certainly help you.

      Let us know if you need any kind of help.

  17. Jomer says:

    Ranorex is also a tool worth mentioning. I could provide you with some information. http://www.ranorex.com

  18. David says:

    I work for a company that has built and markets a great report writing tool. It looks a lot like Excel but is very simple yet powerful to build reports and query a database. We do use Fitnesse to compare results/numbers but it is not the greatest tool and cannot verify functionality etc. I am the Senior IT Project Manager and also the QA Manager. I would like some direction on an easy to use yet powerful test automation tool that could not only replace Fitnesse but also allow me to test the entire product as far as the building report process or other GUI interaction. I would also like to stay mainstream with the selection but am open to look at other products.
    The less coding that is required the better in order to speed up the testing process.
    Thank you

    Also, you can see the product to give you testing ideas at http://www.compusoftdevelopment.com

  19. Slavy says:

    Try http://www.equafy.com as well. Cross browser testing in the cloud.

  20. swamy says:

    Based on the feedback you got, u need to update the information about automation tools. I second Robot Framework.

  21. heather says:

    QA Wizard Pro by Seapine Software is terrible, do not use for automation.

  22. Aniket says:

    Hi saket, will you or any body can suggest me a automation tool which i can use for mobile games testing. Will appreciate if you give detail information about tool.my email id is anikg1387@gmail.com. thanks in advance

  23. pradipsih vaghela says:

    Hii .
    actually i am confused of selecting open source testing tool. i started my job as Qa just one month ago. comapny tell me to use whatever tool which i like , but i am confused to do so. will u plz help me ?
    for performance & load testing

    • Saket says:

      Hi Pradipsih,
      Selection of tool for a particular automation should undergo a feasibility analysis check. you need to think for multiple things before you actually decide for a tool to go for. first thing would be whether the technology on which AUT has been developed is supported by a tool and various other checks and comparisons you will have to go through. Unfortunately I have not written anything on this yet, but you would like to refer this nice read http://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/choosing-automation-tool-for-your-organization/
      I know LoadRunner as the most popular tool for performance and load testing. OpenSource – OpenSTA

  24. Jagan says:

    Hi Frens,

    I would like the list of Automation Tools that support “AJAX Controls”, “Kendo UI controls ” and “Angular JS Controls”.

    Any other tool apart from “Test Studio by Telerik”.


  25. Ricardo says:

    Hi Saket

    do you know or someone knows about RFT by IBM? i worked one year with this tool in one frame developed by other person, but now, i need to develop my frame and i don’t know all the methods and tools for RFT. If you or some one knows something about this tool, i appreciate than you can share me the info or a tutorial. the recording is to easy, i need to do java scripting.

  26. ricardo says:

    Hi Saket
    do you know or someone knows about RFT by IBM? i worked one year with this tool in one frame developed by other person, but now, i need to develop my frame and i don’t know all the methods and tools for RFT. If you or some one knows something about this tool, i appreciate than you can share me the info or a tutorial. the recording is to easy, i need to do java scripting.

  27. IrinaV says:

    We would be happy to offer our free Premium trial for you to check out Testomato automated testing tool from http://www.testomato.com

  28. Charlie says:

    I see a few people mention Sikuli etc. For a commercial tool option for Gui Test Automation can T-Plan Robot (www.t-plan.com) be added to the list please.
    Quite happy to offer more detail or demos or free trials etc.

  29. […] July 31, 2013 Automation Tools, Featured 43 Comments […]

  30. vishwanath says:

    Hi Saket,

    I’m trying to switch from manual to any automation tool. Can you please suggest any, which I can get the stuff through online.

    Please suggest me website where I can get the automation tool related stuff, so that I can go on by my own rather going to institute.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code class="" title="" data-url=""> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> <pre class="" title="" data-url=""> <span class="" title="" data-url="">